Liga Maestro is the latest release from Mombacho Cigars. In fact the concept for Liga Meastro, which is a collaboration by Mombacho Master Blender Claudio Sgroi and Stefano Bertini, was originally created in 2012. The cigar has been a big hit in the Italian market (Sgroi is a leading name in the Italian cigar scene) including a #3 rating in Italy by Cigar Lover Magazine. With all this success the folks over a Mombacho cigars decided to release the Liga Maestro in select US retailers.
Liga Maestro is a Nicaraguan puro and is available in three sizes:
Liga Maestro by Mombacho Cigars
Size: 4.5 x 44
Vitola: Petite Corona
Factory: Casa Favilli - Granada, Nicaragua
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by Mombacho Cigars
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-Light: The Liga Maestro is simple in appearance. The deep golden brown wrapper offers a nice backdrop for the red and gold band. The band simply states the name of the cigar and notes that it is a Nicaraguan puro and it is made by hand. I was surprised to find no mention of Mombacho Cigars on the band.
The wrapper was smooth and gave off mild notes of cedar and graham crackers while the foot smelled of cinnamon and brown sugar. The cold draw was smooth and tasted of raisins and cedar with a mild note of baking spice. These were all indications that this cigar fit firmly in my wheelhouse.
Beginning: The Liga Maestro got off to a fast start. The profile consisted of nuts, cedar and sugarcane early on with a very mild backing spice on the retrohale. The spice slowly built up as I progressed through the first third. The gradual growth of spice and body was perfect throughout the first third. There was a very nice sugarcane note on the finish that really set this cigar apart. As I said before, right smack dab in the middle of my wheelhouse.
Middle: The Liga Maestro found its comfort zone. The profile grew in intensity of flavor and the baking spice on the retro kept up with the pace. The balance was impeccable and the complexity and strength rounded out the experience. Each puff offered notes of nuts and cedar followed by the baking spice on the retro and closed out with the sugarcane sweetness on the finish. The strength settled in at the medium to medium plus range.
End: The final third got a little out of whack for me. The spice ramped up and threw off the balance. The first 2/3 of the Liga Maestro were perfectly balanced so the final third was a bit of a let down. With that being said, the final third was still good. The spice took off which overran the note of nuts and cedar, but the sweetness on the finish remained.
Final Thoughts: The Liga Maestro offers up some great flavors that are not common in a Nicaraguan puro. There was a delicateness (ok, that may or may not be a word, but just go with it) to the profile that really got my attention. The sugarcane sweetness on the finish was my favorite part of this cigar. I simply couldn't get enough of that flavor. The balance and complexity were great. My wife even commented on how sweet the aroma was. On top of all of that I loved the size. The 4.5 x 44 petite corona is a great size and it smoked for about 48 minutes. If they release this baby in a 6 x 44 lonsdale, I'll be all over it. I am really impressed with what the Mombacho boys are doing with Nicaraguan tobacco.
Rating: 91 AKA "Box Split"
If the final third mellows out over time, the Liga Maestro will become a "Box Buy."