Sam Leccia is a person not unfamiliar to many a cigar smoker. If you’ve followed him from his days at Oliva, you know also that he is no stranger to making blends that have an impact, something you don’t forget. His resurgence into the cigar business brings with it that special flare that I, personally have become accustomed to. I had the pleasure of meeting Sam a long while back at my local B&M, Old Havana Cigar Co., at an event where he was rolling cigars, handing out signed swag, and just simply hanging out with the whole crew. He had left an impression on me then, as a guy who knows his cigars, has faith in what he does, and quite simply is a great person, and this all shows in his work.
The Leccia Black is part of the “debut” line of Black and White, both as the name suggests, with different characteristics. For this review I went with the 552. The Black sports a Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan Rosado Binder, and fillers of, Nicaraguan Ligero, Dominican Ligero, Brazilian Viso, and Dark Fire which is fire-cured.
Construction & Pre-light;20/20
A beautiful cigar to look at, with minimal veins and no visible wrapper seams. The band is catchy as well, distinct with Sam’s signature. The cigar felt packed extremely well, and looking at the foot reveals the dark fire tobacco mixed in with the other fillers. Sniffing the cigar brings a wonderful array of flavor, with a predominance of the fire-cured notes reminding me of a campfire, or wood fired BBQ. The foot offered much of the same along with pepper notes. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw offers pepper and fire-cured notes.
The Leccia Black is personally one of the more unique cigars I’ve had the pleasure to smoke. In sensing all of the unique attributes during inspection of the cigar, I was really excited to see what came into play. It all did. The first third greeted me with pepper notes, and the fire-cured tobacco front and center. Imagine a smoky BBQ taste, the smell of a wood-fired BBQ or as I’ve seen it put a campfire. These were the primary notes upon lighting and through the first third. I almost wished it were a cooler night when I’d smoked it. It gave me the feeling that smoking this on a brisk evening would leave one with the sensation of warmth, and enjoying the smell of a roaring fire, yet without the fire, as I was holding it in my hand. Don’t leave me yet, I’ll ease up on the sentimental aspect soon enough.
The second third saw the pepper mellow out slightly, and the fire-cured notes were there and still dominant. In the second third I noticed more of a natural tobacco coming thorough, offering a mellowing note, almost sweet but tangy. The natural tobacco, Dark Fire, and pepper were well-balanced and offered a beautifully unique profile.
The final third saw the pepper pretty much fade away, and I was left with the Dark Fire tobacco and natural tobacco to the absolute nub of the cigar. The balance between the two was something I didn’t expect. I figured the cigar would be a spice bomb towards the end, but on the contrary it was a strong fire-cured flavor with the natural tobacco offering a mellow accent, simply put, it was fantastic. Each time I’ve smoked one, I’ve taken it as far as possible, I just didn’t want to stop smoking.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was flawless, great amount of smoke from each pull. 20/20
The burn as straight as they come, almost razor-sharp. 18/20
The ash was superbly strong and held steady. If memory serves I tapped only twice. 19/20
When a person either begins a new business or comes back to something they’ve been away from, you’d expect a dazzling aspect. Something that will make you remember, and want to come back for more. I find this the case in the Leccia Black. Its unique blend of fillers, gorgeous wrapper, and the bomb of flavors is one that you can’t forget. I for one am kind of kicking myself that I only ordered a five pack of these from Smoke Inn, a mistake I will be correcting soon. The Leccia Black left me anxious to try the White, and also hopeful for more great blends from Leccia Tobacco. If you’re someone who enjoys the mentioned flavors, I’d suggest grabbing some, I see these flying off the shelves. For me it has to be one of the most, if not the most, unique cigar experiences I’ve had to date. Definitely the most unique this year. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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