Cigar Review: Falto Privilegio Mi Viejo Liga #9

Cigar Review: Falto Privilegio Mi Viejo Liga #9

Size: 6 3/8×48, Churchill

Wrapper: Corojo Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican Olor

Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Dominican Viso

Strength: Medium

Price: ???

Grade: 8.9

Not too long ago we reviewed the Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Liga #8 on the site.  This cigar is released in tandem with the Liga #9 which we are going to review here today.  The introduction for both cigars is below for your reading pleasure and you can check out the Liga # 8 review here.   We also would like to reiterate that Luis Falto has become a great friend and supporter of our website.  We have reviewed the El Josco, The Falto Robusto, and the Falto Prominente Gran Reserva Especial in prior posts.

Below is part of the press release that accompanied this cigar:

In February 2009, my father passed away, and I decided to make a cigar in his honor, since he, as well as my mother, always supported my plans. The Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” took a long time to develop, since the blend had to be something extremely special. After giving my “final” two blends to some of my friends and expert tasters, I found that some of them liked one and others liked the other. With this dilemma, I decided to offer both blends to the consumer.

Therefore, a box contains twenty cigars: ten cigars of Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Liga #8 and ten of Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Liga # 9, both in the same Churchill size 6 3/8×48. In the Liga #8 as well as in the Liga #9, I use a tobacco called Viso, which is normally found in the third priming from top to bottom of the tobacco plant. The seed of the tobacco plant and its location of that leaf is essentials details. The Liga #8 has a Viso of Cuban seed tobacco, delivering a medium to full flavored smoke with a rich balance and singular complexity. On the other hand, the Liga #9 carries the same percentage of Viso, but from Dominican seed tobacco, which offers a more full flavored smoke with a richer complexity and exquisite balance.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The medium brown wrapper on the Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Ligo #9 is in excellent shape and is topped off with a well constructed cap at the head of the smoke. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots to be found. The presentation is nice, as I am always a fan of double banding. The pre-light aroma is lively on the wrapper but at the foot I pick up spice and cedar notes.

Burn, 1.8:
The Liga # 9 Churchill cut, toast, and lit well and produces volumes of smoke with each puff, just like the Liga # 8, very consistent construction.  . The draw is excellent with just the right amount of resistance on each pull. The ash is grayish in color and holds well until I knock it off in the tray. .

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on this smoke produced notes of toasted wood and spicy tobacco, a very robust shot to the senses right off the bat.  Into the first third the cigar seems to take on nice flavors of earth, nuts, and the pepper spice on the finish.  The second third follows the same trend but the flavor is fuller and heavier on the palate, which seems to decrease the impact of the spice on the finish.  The last third transitions a bit more with cigar becoming a bit more earthy, with the ever present, spice on the finish.

Overall, 2.7:
There is a noticeable difference between the Liga # 8 and Liga # 9; the description by the manufacturer holds true and is a good representation of the different flavor profiles.  I am going to score this one the same as I enjoyed them both, just a different style if you will depending on the time of day and mood.

(Total: 8.9)