One of the more popular blenders making waves at IPCPR, seemed to be Sam Leccia next to Torano. Did not get a chance to speak to him, or grab any samples, but my good buddy Mark at JMG Distribution happened to gift me a white label at my local shop. It seems like his blends are gaining popularity in the social media and forum world, so I made it a point to let this one rest until I had a good chance to experience the Leccia.
Wrapper: African Sun Grown
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Pennsylvania Seco
Dry Draw: Nutty flavors, and something unique I cannot put my finger on
First Third: Retro was very stiff at first, and my initial thoughts were the White Label was a slow developer. I did not detect much depth or complexity the first 10-15 minutes, but it seemed to be following a fuller profile. Hints of cedar started to show up, the nuts on the dry draw, and a spice that reminds me of latakia. The spice moves towards red pepper on the retrohale, but not much burn. The finish had moved to the back of my mouth, and became a bit heavy for my tastes. I felt like this cigar leaned towards a Nicaraguan smoker’s preference at this point.
Second Third: There was not much of a change or any added depth. The White Label is more of a profile cigar at this point, and will most likely hit a certain palate real well. No specific notes were clearly defined, but I did notice a slight head change. Towards the halfway mark, a sugary like quality picked up on the draw and finish. I really dug the change, but the retro was still too much for me. The brown sugar note was the best part of the cigar as I neared the final third.
Final Third: The brown sugar note continued, as well as the cedar and spices. A hay note entered towards the end, and the cigar became a bit grassy.
Construction: No issues
Final Thoughts: I think fans of Drew Estate will really like the Leccia White Label, and for some reason I think fans of the T52 will enjoy this cigar. I would recommend it to Nicaraguan fans, as to me the cedar and spices were really the dominate flavors. I look forward to the Black Label as well, as the White had to me a similar flavor to Latakia, and the Black Label employs fire-cured tobacco. Leccia definitely has a unique blending style, and I think the profile of the White Label is unique enough to set him apart if he can hit enough palates with it.
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