Now here is a cigar that had certainly intrigued me since its release back on December 20th, 2021. What highlights this cigar is that it’s individually packaged in their own branded coffin, presented in a 10 count curio display AND to top it all off the authenticity of original artwork from local Cuban Artist Eden Gutierrez depicting scenes from Las Villas before the Communist Revolution. The fact that this cigar has a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder, and filler; made at the AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua makes it even more enticing to smoke and to speak of the story which pays homage to the Cuban history. In fact Erik Espinosa in a press release was quoted saying, “We are incredibly happy to continue this homage to our company’s Cuban roots and the Cuba of our forefathers, before Castro took power”.
The province of Las Villas was the center of the Cuban cattle industry between the 18th and 19th centuries before shifting to sugar production in the 20th century. The original province of Las Villas was nestled between Matanzas and Camaguey. In 1976, the province was divided, with Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara each becoming their own province. The name Las 6 Provincias means “six provinces” and there are six planned releases of Las 6 Provinces with each having a unique blend, size and associated artwork. Now that a little light has been brought upon this beautiful cigar it’s time to get into the review.
At first glance this box-pressed 5 ½ X 54 robusto, had a wondrously dark chocolate rich color to the wrapper, with the Cuban artwork was really drawn in, knowing I am ready to enjoy the journey that this Las 6 Provincias LV cigar will take me on. Giving the cigar a smell I could really get that deep essence of the Nicaraguan soil, like walking around a barnyard, you know that smell I’m talking about. Taking a few cold draws the glands immediately activate with saliva. Profiles of chocolate, floral, cinnamon, cedar and almost a fruity sweetness were picked up. With my palate senses activated, I was ready to light up and get into this.
Upon light up, a copious amount of flavor hit my tongue. Black pepper, leather, wood, toasted nuts, a very dry cocoa powder, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness dancing in the background. As I proceeded with smoking into the first third the intensity of the initial profiles smoothed out and all of those tasty flavors really made my palate happy! Add a dash of salt to those toasted nuts, that dry cocoa powder now became semi sweet bakers chocolate, the black pepper transitioned into a creamy white pepper, yet the cinnamon stays prominent thus far.
Burning right into the second third, the profiles remain the same. Cedar notes with a swirl of citrus fruity notes come through which adds a nice little transition. As the flavor notes continued to satisfy the palate the burn is pretty consistent, half way through I had to touch up a little bit with a single flame torch but nothing that would take away from the experience. So far the flavor is very robust and has a medium – medium plus in strength.
As I reached the last third of the Las 6 Provincias LV the overall flavor profile remains similar yet, because of the spectacularly grown Nicaraguan tobacco used within this cigar, there are other profiles that came through. Espresso, that semi sweet bakers chocolate turns into a dark chocolate, that white pepper transitions again back to black pepper, that leather taste really never left but here into the last third it’s really making its presence. The floral citrus notes went away but that brown sugar came back around to add that nice sweetness to tie it all together.
I smoked this cigar right down to the nub, only had that little construction issue half way through and the profiles were absolutely amazing. I’m rating Las 6 Provincias LV a 9 out of 10 or 4 out of 5 pints however you want to look at it; this cigar is phenomenal would certainly smoke again despite the fact that it does have an MSRP of $22 a stick and a box of 10 for $220 only 1,000 boxes of 10 were made so this cigar might be a little difficult to locate. Looking forward to the next release at the same time I’m anxious to see if I can locate the two prior releases to give them a try! Great tobacco that took me on a awesome journey A+! Hoping you; the reader, can locate one so you too can enjoy the experience I just did! Cheers and Enjoy!
Wrapper – Nicaraguan
Binder – Nicaraguan
Filler – Nicaraguan
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 pints.
- William O’Connor, AKA Billy Kartwheels, is the Co-Captian of the Distinguished Ruffians NY Chapter. Billy has had an interesting life, going through college, being in the Navy and living on a submarine, he has visited 48 states (hitchhiking through 35) of them and even lived in a Hare Krishna monastery for some time. After having numerous brushes with death durring his travels he has decided it was best to take it easy and appreciate life to its fullest all while smoking a cigar at the same time.