Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador El Gringo “Frog Splash”

Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador El Gringo “Frog Splash”

Leccia Tobacco / General Cigar Co. 
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua (Habano)
Filler: Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania)
Size: 4 1/2″ x 70
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $8.25

Overall Rating: 8.5

Recently, Leccia Tobacco was acquired by General Cigar & Co. (as part of the Toraño sale), and many have been waiting to see what the first General release from Sam Leccia would look like. It turn out to be the Leccia Luchador El Gringo, which it the follow up to last year’s Luchador which made our 2014 Honorable Mention List last year. (See our Luchador Loco Perfecto review.) The El Gringo is a pretty good full bodied Nicaraguan cigar (with some Pennsylvanian filler) that has an earthy profile. The short 4 1/2” Frog Splash is is a box pressed 70 ring gauge that produces copious amounts of smoke. It’s a cigar that’s worth checking out for fans of full bodied Nicaraguan cigars.

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Pre-Light: The El Gringo band has the same look as the original Luchador, but the color scheme has been change to red, white and blue. The box presses Luchador El Gringo is very firm and dry to the touch. The Nicaraguan Oscuro wrapper has a chocolatey coloring to it. Despite having several prominent veins the cigar is very smooth in the hand.

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The wrapper has an aroma of chocolate, hay and leather. From the unlit foot there’s a mix of chocolate, earth, hay and nuts. An easy cold draw allows through sweet flavors of oak and leather.

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Burn: The easy draw on the Luchador El Gringo allows through massive amounts of smoke. A firm ash cling nicely to a slightly wobbly burn that never gets out of hand or needs correcting.

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Flavor: The Luchador El Gringo starts out with a prominent earthiness to the flavor profile. Flavors of oak, hay, chocolate and Arabic coffee all blend together with the earthiness during the first third of the cigar. On the retrohale there’s a mixture of strong black pepper and sweet oak notes. Leather begins to join the existing flavors during the transition to the second third of the El Gringo. The flavors of chocolate, earth, hay, oak, dark roast coffee and leather continue through the second third of the cigar. An the halfway point, there’s a slight pepper and spice that joins the flavors on the palette. Earth, pepper and leather are in the forefront during the start of the final third.

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Overall: Last year, the Luchador Loco Perfecto made our honorable mention list, so I was expecting big things from this year’s follow up. While the El Gringo is a pretty good full bodied cigar, it lacks some of the charm (and extreme pepper) that made the original Luchador so impressive. The El Gringo Frog Splash is a box pressed 70 ring gauge cigar, and although in box pressed form it doesn’t feel as big as it could, the cigar still feels a bit on the large size. Personally, I found the El Gringo Frog Splash was pretty good. While I will most likely try it several more times, it is unlikely to become a regular fixture in my personal humidor. Those who are fans of full bodied Nicaraguan cigars will want to give it a try to see if it fits their tastes.

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Pairing: The Luchardor El Gringo pairs well with a sweeter bourbon such as Woodford Reserve. Scotch drinkers will find the Aberlour A’bunadh Cask Strength, Cardu 12, Dalmore 12 or Balvenie 12 DoubleWood will all pair nicely with the Luchador El Gringo. If wine is more to your liking, then a Merlot or Red Zinfandel will compliment the El Gringo’s flavor profile.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by General Cigar Co. Although their generosity is greatly appreciated it does not effect the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing honest and impartial cigar reviews.