In which the author, having spent the previous several days recovering from a head cold by ingesting large quantities of vitamin C and reading Tom Jones, attempts to satisfy his craving for a good Nicaraguan cigar…
Altadis acquired the U.S. rights to the Juan Lopez trademark and released this Nicaraguan puro in 2004. The brand was originally registered in Cuba in 1876, and is still in production as a quality medium-bodied smoke.
The Altadis USA cigar is a Nicaraguan puro which tends more toward the heavy end of the spectrum. Made in Esteli by NATSA, it’s square pressed with a mottled, pretty colorado maduro wrapper.
The Belicoso measures 6 1/8 x 52 with a sharply pointed head which I promptly sheared with a double-bladed guillotine. It fired up with a little reluctance, but once going it burned well. The draw is effortless with a nice volume of smoke.
It’s a nice cigar, but not all that complex. I wandered over to the back of the yard to see what my neighbor’s horses were up to, and they were about as interested in me as I was in this cigar. They came over to say hello and then went about their business.
But it’s not a bad cigar by any means. Medium to heavy in body, a little woody, a pleasant fragrance and slightly spicy on the finish. But overall just a decent straight forward cigar. The only problem is a thick wrapper that requires touching up periodically. Not a Padron, but a decent Nicaraguan.