If it isn’t immediately obviously from the name conventions, or the cigar bands, the Luchador El Gringo from Sam Leccia pays homage to Mexican professional wrestling.
The Luchador El Gringo comes in four vitolas. The Frog Splash (4-1/2x70), Chin Music (6x48), Pile Drive (6x60), Squared Circle (6-1/2x64).
Check out my video review here:
Due to the ring gauge size I used a Xikar Xi cutter, as the v-cut would not accommodate it. Draw was ideal throughout the review.
The Luchador El Gringo opens up with lots of spices and a celery vegetal, with spices and pepper at medium plus level on the retrohale. At the 10 minute mark the spices and pepper fall in intensity to medium, but definitely linger at the back of the throat between draws. Some light cocoa starts to enter the mix not long afterwards. As the first third progresses the pepper continues to fall to medium minus, with the cocoa stepping up adding in a nutty and cedar combination.
Rich sweet cedar to kick off the middle third. Pepper and spices have fallen off sharply in intensity all the way down to light here. The cedar is lingering between each draw.
The last third continues the flavors form the middle third, with no real changes.
Total smoke time was approximately 1 hour and 43 minutes.
I found the large ring gauge to be a bit off putting. I’ll be looking to do a redux review with the Chin Music 6x48, which is more of a traditional size.
The Sam Leccia Luchador El Gringo Frog Splash started off with a big splash of pepper and spice, and then became more mellow and balanced in the middle.
These would be a pretty good 5 pack buy, I think I’d grab some of the other vitolas to compare flavor profiles as well.
The Luchador El Gringo Frog Splash would go great with coffee, rum, or rum cocktails.