Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut seed
Binder: Jalapa Seco Habano
Villigier is a company I know nothing about really, other then I reviewed a limited release form them a while back, and always see their machine made cigars and pipe tobaccos online. Their website gives little in the way of historical information; other then they started in Switzerland in the late 1800’s and produce 1.5 billion cigars worldwide today. I have paid attention to these guys, as I am a big fan of cigars blended towards the European palate, and most of their stuff in the past was marketed as such. That is probably why we do not see much about them in the States, but last year they took a dive into the market by establishing Villigier Cigars North America, and releasing the Talanga and Colorado. It would seem as if they are making a push into the American market, so I recently grabbed one of each blend to review. For more information, you can visit them here:
Prelight: I swear I tasted Honey-Nut Cheerios, which typically means I will like the cigar following. I also detected subtle tea leaves in the dry draw.
First Third: The Talanga started out with a bread note up front, which I always find as an interesting profile note really. Light spices started in the background, but nothing too complex. Different reviewers could consider the spices several ways, as the definition is lacking, but the finish is pleasant. No honey or tea notes arrived from the dry draw, and the overall body was mild-med with what might be considered a light cinnamon or nutmeg finish.
Second Third: Body began to build at this point, along with some of the complexity. The retrohale had some spice to it, but really, the main bready note was complimented by a creamy draw that was very cappuccino in taste. The finish was still wonderful, and the creamy cappuccino seemed to have some light vanilla notes on the texture of the draw.
Final Third: The creamy profile continued with hints of buttery tobacco and the spice leaned mostly towards cinnamon. I only had to ash the Talanga twice, as evidenced by the nub picture. The finish stayed clean and consistent, without many changes.
Final Thoughts: This is a profile cigar, and what I mean by that is this. Certain smokers, like me, are drawn to specific profiles or regions and the correlating cigars. For example, I like Avo, MATASA, and La Aurora stuff and many of the notes in this cigar resemble blends from those companies; thus, if you like that stuff you should try this. I cannot say this was a homerun or incredibly memorable cigar, but it was damn good and construction was excellent. This is definitely a mild-medium format, so it would serve as an earlier smoke for most. As a fan of Connecticut wrappers, this was an excellent blend really, that showcased the subtlety of a Honduran wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers that did not overpower the senses. I would have pegged it as leaning Dominican, so I was surprised to learn about the origin. I look forward to reviewing the Colorado next.
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