Lempira Fuerte

I apologize to all you ash-holes for not getting a post up on Monday. Last weekend was jam packed, and although I smoked a ton of cigars, I just never had the chance to sit down and put a review together. But today I’m back with a cigar that I had never heard of until a couple of weeks ago. This cigar is the Lempira Fuerte and it comes from Casa Fernandez/Tabacalera Tropical. The only background information I have on this cigar is that the name Lempira comes from a cigar that was out during the cigar boom of the 1990’s. In 2004 Casa Fernandez revived the name.

Name: Lempira Fuerte
Company: Casa Fernandez/Tabacalera Tropical
Made in: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $7.50 per stick
Comes in: Boxes of 20
Vitola: Torpedo (6 1/2″ X 54)

The Lempira Fuerte is a nice looking cigar. The wrapper is extremely dark and has a slightly oily feel. The veings are small and not noticable to the touch. However, there are a lot of veins to look at. The stick feels firm in the hand, and I was unable to detect and hard or soft spots. Overall the construction on this cigar seemed top notch. Th wrapper had a heavy barnyard aroma with an equally heavy smell of manure. The foot aroma was slightly lighter, but maintained a similar barnyard quality. Pre-light draw seemed dead on, so I was anxious to spark this cigar up.

I’m not going to go into great detail on how this cigar smoked, however I will say that it was a lack luster cigar. Despite the appearance of excellent construction, I struggled to get the Lempira to burn correctly. After a few attempts to get this cigar to burn straight I gave up and allowed the crooked burn to continue. The flavors didn’t start of bad, in fact I’d say they were nice. A combination of toasted nuts and chocolate made for a nice start, but I felt that there was something lacking. As I smoked further into the cigar a terrible bitterness began appear, that quickly became the most identifiable flavor in the cigar.

The Lempira Fuerte really let me down. Judging from the construction and the aroma I thought I was in for a treat. Sadly, I was left with a bitter cigar that did nothing but burn way off kilter. When all was said and done I felt as though I had overpaid for these cigars. I even sampled different vitolas from various boxes hoping to have better luck but had similar results. I rarely say a cigar is not worth trying, but in the case of the Lempira Fuerte I’d recommend saving your money.

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[…] isn’t exactly impressed by this Nicaraguan puro. Read the full review here… On other hand, Nathaniel gives it a “buy” […]

Haha! I guess I spoke too soon on my last comment about you liking all of the cigars. Thanks for taking one for the team and reviewing this one so I know to stay away from it in the future.

Jimmy, Yeah I kinda laughed to myself when I read you last comment knowing this review was coming down the pike. I’m sure if you go back through my post history you’ll find some cigars that got some less than favorable reviews. In fact, I plan on doing a few more in the coming months.

Well, don’t go and smoke a bunch of dog rockets on my behalf! Ha! I’ll have to make some more time and go back and check out more of the older reviews.

[…] isn’t exactly impressed by this Nicaraguan puro. Read the full review here… On other hand, Nathaniel gives it a “buy” […]

Having smoked 4 plus boxes of these cigars I only had 1 that did not measure up. Had to throw it out half-way thru. Having said this and having smoked many different top shelf cigars including Cubans amounting to hundreds of cigars in the past 15 years I have seen a lot more bad cigars w/in a brand then in the Lempira. These cigars are now fully aged at about 5-6 years since rolled and boxed. They do best after arrival in my humidor at about 3 weeks at 69-70′ humidity. Although they can burn unevenly if there is too much wind the taste to me is superbe thruout most of the cigar..sometimes the last 3rd can get a little bitter but othertimes they are tasty right thru to the end. I like to alternate these on an every other day or sometimes 2 or 3 days with a fine Dominican like a LFD or EP Corrillo. Personally If you watch the video the reviewer had hayfever on his review and how fair is that to a review? These cigars are my favorite cigars overall…I find them comparable to some Cubans…and if no one else buys them based on the preceeding review that is great for me..all the more for me. They were produced for 2 years only and are in short supply and now aged to perfection. It may be noted that I use ice tea preferably Honest tea..peach or pear as a drink between puffs.I think they taste better than using alcohol which can sometimes influence the flavor and experience.

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