Licenciados cigars are made by Manuel Quesada in Manufactura de Tabacos S.A. (MATASA) in the Dominican Republic. First introduced in 1989 as an affordable cigar with all the great qualities of Cuban cigars. It rivaled big name cigars thanks to having a rating of 93 in the summer of 1994 by Cigar Aficionado.
Licenciados which means “attorney” in Spanish is a mirror that of the Cuban Diplomaticos brand. By combining a silky-smooth Connecticut wrapper and complimented by the filler and binder from the Dominican Republic, Quesada and MATASA have created a cigar line that has the spirit of Cuban cigars for anyone to enjoy at a great price point.
First thing I notice about the Licenciado cigar is the rich amber color Connecticut wrapper with minimal veins. The head of the cigar has a triple cap and the foot offers an aroma of earthy notes and a hint of creamy flavors. The band design is yellow and gold which compliments the Connecticut wrapper quite well. In the band, you can see the illustration of a red and gold carriage and a couple of scrolls under the carriage.
I made my cut easily with a punch cutter. In the cold draw, it released aromas of toasty, creamy and coffee flavors. Toasting the foot of the cigar with my double torch lighter produced a toasty and creamy aroma that is pleasant.
The first puff released a pleasing burst of sweet graham, coffee, hay, earthy notes, and vanilla notes. There is nice nutty flavors at the end of the hot draw that leaves a nice after-taste. The easy draw in the cigar creates lots of creamy smoke filling the air. There is no doubt about it that this is a mild smoke with no peppery notes in sight yet. In the retrohale, I get nice notes of nutty, hey and cedar. The Connecticut wrapper compliments the Dominican filler very well creating a mild cigar. End of first third I’m tasting an increase of sweet, vanilla notes.
The cigar has a great construction while it burns. No canoeing over here i.e. the act of the burn line being wider on one side than the other. I had to put the cigar down for a minute or so and just as I thought it might be out, I took a few puffs and it continued to burn effortlessly. Now, the nuttiness flavors is the dominant aroma complimented by sweet notes of graham and vanilla in the after taste.
Cigar moves toward towards medium-bodied profile. Still tons of creamy smoke with every puff. The Nutty notes are still there and a subtle increase of peppery and toasty notes makes its way in to the cigar with mild notes of sweetness at the end. The retrohale has toasty nutty notes as well. Cigar is still relatively firm. Usually during this point of the cigar, it tends to get soft like a sponge but not the Licenciado cigar. The peppery notes turn mild and the creamy, nutty flavors come through nicely once again. Lots of smoke and cigar is firm and not too warm.
Licenciado is definitely a mild smoke. New cigar enthusiast would definitely enjoy this cigar while novice smokers can enjoy this cigar in the morning with a cup of coffee. The flavors are subtle yet consistent throughout the smoke. It has a solid core of nut, creamy, earthy and toasty flavors with a slight peppery notes on the finish.
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