What do you get when a Cuban Master Blender and Colombian cigar enthusiast have a chance meeting? You get the birth of a new cigar line. Acosta Cigars is the creation of Cuban master blender Delvis Leiva and Columbian Cigar enthusiast Yezid Acosta who has been on a constant quest for the perfect taste, aroma, and experience.
The company’s inaugural line, “LA LUJURIA” translates to “LUST” and Acosta Cigars notes:
“…it refers to a passionate desire for that perfect cigar experience. La Lujuria was hand-rolled only using the finest blend of Nicaraguan tobacco, with a Mexican San Andrés Maduro wrapper aged to perfection and merges beautifully.”
The La Lujuria is expressed in a single (6½ x 56) double robusto vitola and comes packaged in 10-count boxes with an MSRP of $15.00/cigar. You can purchase them directly on the company’s website here.
The rich and bold blend is described by the company as:
- Wrapper – Mexico (San Andrés Maduro)
- Binder – Nicaragua (Jalapa)
- Filler – Nicaragua (Jalapa & Estelí)
I recently received some samples of the La Lujuria from Acosta Cigars, for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press, and I have to say it certainly looks like an indulgent cigar.
The Acosta Cigars La Lujuria is a dark brown and tightly packed vitola that has a medium toothy grit to the wrapper. It is solid and heavy in the hand and is finished with a simple cap. There is just a few noticeable veins along the barrel.
A single band adorns the cigar, using a black and silver motif. The name “La Lujuria” is boldly printed in silver across the band along with the “Acosta Cigar Company” and the declaration that that this a “Double Robusto” made in “Nicaragua”.
Running the La Lujuria across the nose, I picked up a mildly pungent fermented leaf note along the barrel along with baking spice and fruit off foot.
Once I removed the cap, by slicing the head straight across the shoulder of the cigar, I proceeded to give it some cold draw puffs that teased my palate with a rich berry note in addition to a growing pepperiness on the lips. I enjoyed the cold draw very much and continued to puff it a little more before reaching for my double flame torch to warm the foot and draw in the first peppery puffs.
Follow along as I burn the Acosta Cigars La Lujuria to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Initial notes start with a mild black pepper
- White ash forms a wavy thin char line
- Mineral notes
- Sweetness evolves
- Thick full volume and chewy smoke
- Slight off burn
- Caramel berry nougat finish continues to entice the palate
- Ash gets a bit flaky
- Quite smooth and pleasurable
- Chocolate aroma wafts off the foot
- Ash falls decent burn cone
- Cherry notes evolves from the berry
- Chocolate moves into the flavor profile
- Savory spice notes enter midway
- Caramel and berry return
- Spice adds deep in second third moving through the final
- Burns a tad hot in the final third
- Medium in Strength
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 45 minutes
Overall, the Acosta Cigars La Lujuria offered a pleasurable smoking experience with a unique and fairly well balanced profile that included berry, chocolate, cherry and spice notes. Construction was decent with just a mild wave and small off burn. It did burn a tad hot in the final. I rate this a 90.
Point Deductions: (-1) Wavy burn; (-1) Slight off Burn; (- 1) Flaky Ash; (-1) Burns Hot in Final