Cigar Review: Los Nietos Luca Del Toro

Size: 6 x54, Grande

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano 99 Hybrid

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran

Strength: Medium/ Full

Price: $6.50

Grade: 9.0

Luca Del Toro is the latest release from the owner of Olde Punta Gorda Cigars, Ron Andrews. Made by George Rico of Gran Habano Cigars (STC Tobacco), the cigar is being released by Los Nietos Cigars. In keeping with the name Los Nietos Cigars, this particular cigar is named after Ron’s grandson Luke. This release is unique for George Rico, as he has never previously used the Nicaraguan Habano 99 Hybrid as a wrapper leaf. The cigar is available in two sizes – a Pequeno (5.5×52) and a Grande (6×54) and is sold only through Olde Punta Gorda Cigars in Punta Gorda, FL, or online at http://www.losnietoscigars.com.

Ron Andrews was kind enough to email me a bit more information about the Luca del Toro, including the distribution, production run, new sizes, and their marketing strategy.

As of now we do not foresee production levels higher than 1000 boxes annually of the Luca Del Toro. We are in consultation with George regarding a third size of the Luca Del Toro . Stay Tuned.

Our next project will be the Flor de Adriana, a Dominican cigar. This will complete the trilogy which includes Primera Isabella (our Nicaragua blend) and Luca Del Toro (our Honduras blend). Plans are being made for a second generation Primera Isabella in a limited edition to supplement the current offering.

For those who wonder why Los Nietos Cigars products are only available online, or at the parent company Olde Punta Gorda Cigar, we offer the following explanation.

Early on in the developmental stages of Los Nietos Cigars, it was decided that getting the product to the end user at the lowest possible cost was imperative. It was apparent that the cost of advertising and sales rep marketing efforts would be counter productive to this endeavor. It was also noted that the advent and proliferation of cigar related social networks could be a cost effective means of introducing a new product line, allowing for the initial goal of keeping consumer cost low.

To this end, Joel Sorrentino was brought on as Marketing Director of Los Nietos Cigars. Joel’s expertise in internet social networking combined with genuine passion for the cigar industry in general, not withstanding his exuberant belief in the Los Nietos Cigars program, makes him the ideal individual to carry out our online distribution efforts. Los Nietos Cigars will also remain available at Olde Punta Gorda Cigar, 209 Wood St. Punta Gorda, Fl 33950.

With some great background on the cigar, thanks to Ron Andrews, let’s get on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The medium brown wrapper on the Luca Del Toro has a couple prominent veins along the wrapper that give the cigar a rugged appearance. The label is very simplistic and is not an eye-catcher. The cigar is well packed with a good weight in the palm. The pre-light aroma is of mature tobacco with some barnyard and hint of spice at the foot and the cold draw produces a unique flavor that I can’t identify, but definitely got me excited to fire the cigar up.

Burn, 1.8:
Cut, toasted, and lit, I am puffing away and it produces plenty of smoke with minimal effort. The ash is a white to medium gray and holds extremely well until my confidence in my shaking hand forces me to bump it off. The draw is consistent right down to the last puff and I really enjoyed that aspect, which is a key factor in a great smoke to me.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Luca Del Toro produced a nice tobacco flavor with some earthiness on the palate. The first third stayed in the same wheelhouse with solid tobacco, a hint of earthiness, and no spice on my palate. The second third found the Luca Del Toro ease into a drier finish on the palate, but it retained the same flavor profile. I pick up a bit of sweet spice but it is very subtle on the exhale. The final third aired out a bit and the smoke seemed to lose a little bit of body. It was still very pleasing on the palate, I just felt like it lost a little something in the transition.

Overall, 2.8:
I enjoyed this cigar very much. The construction was excellent, the flavor profile was pleasing, and the price is right at $6.50 a stick. To me the price point is an excellent selling point for this cigar – a solid smoke for great price. It is great to see a “house blend” boutique brand cigar that really is unique and shines a bit. Get online and pick up a few of these from Ron at Old Punta Gorda, it will be a solid purchase for the humidor.

(Total: 9.0)