One of the newest frontmarks to hail from the legendary Dutch & Swiss tabaquero house, Villiger-Stokebye comes La Capitana aka the “Captain”; initially being produced in small quantities so as to test the waters amongst the vast, vast network of the blogosphere, and oh so many of us there are from the small fry like I, to the big kahuna’s. La Capitana touted as a full-bodied Nicaraguan Puro, a first as far as VSI’s cigars are considered; capa, binder and bunch are all comprised of Nicaraguan Habana seed (most likely first or second-generation) long fillers and currently produced in three faces. A proper Corona (6×43), more of a Rothschild like Robusto (4.75×52), and a standardized Toro (6×50). This review is on the former, the Corona as per my request to Lois Siller whom is the Mid-Atlantic sales manager and one of the kindest reps I have ever met too.

 

However I digress, the La Capitana much akin to what the US market La Libertad intended to do which was to provide a richly flavorful and strong cigar, than what had been shown by the US market’s version of the V-S 1888 series (nix the Fuerte release which has had a smaller market share).  The La Capitana corona boasts a nominal msrp of $3.38 per cigar in cabinets of twenty.

 

 

The capa bares resemblance to that of a habano rosado leaf given the innately dark and reddish hue of the capa. The capa yields scents of chestnuts, chicory, hickory, licorice, mesquite, oregano, sea salt, and vanilla beans. The capa has very little flavor, and what little flavor there is, exists in the following hints, green peppers, hickory, and thyme.

 

 

From a 5mm punch (from an Atoll black-crocodile leather punch) there’s a tight but yielding draw, with a draw taste of wheat and flour.

 

 

The toasted foot smelled of toasted challah, creme caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut, mahogany, okra, pomegranate, and saffron.

 

 

The smoke has scents of butter, caramel, cinnamon, Colombian coffee, green bell peppers, and sea salt; the draw off of the lit foot tastes of anise, chili peppers, ginger root, mesquite, Turkish coffee, and white peppercorns.

 

 

The ash is banding in one to three millimeter bands, and is slate gray in color; with powdery consistency.

 

 

At the five inch mark some thirty minutes in, with recently fallen off ashes in the tray aside the corona, no discern able change in flavor presence  with the exception in the addition of chutney, and jalapeños which translates the body as being medium-full , the strength however is notably medium.

 

Around the four inch mark forty-five minutes in, the body rears up to full, with additional hints including parsnips, pesto, and tarragon. Based on the dark/blackened color where the foot is caramelizing it leads me to note a lack of potassium in the soil balance.  The burn has been extremely even across the length of the cigar, emphasizing that it is an exceptionally well-rolled cigar considering the gauge of punch against the gauge of the cigar, and no trace of tar build up, truly ideal.

 

 

The two and a half inch mark, an hour and a half has been well spent during this review, my speculation that it’s a full bodied blend is as true as I was told by Lois Siller; the consistency of the ash greatly improved from the third inch mark as it became rigid and banding in one to two inch rings.

 

The ‘La Capitana’ is a powerhouse cigar in its corona size, and less so in its Robusto format, the likelihood is the same in the Toro too. Additionally, I gave one of my sampler cigars to a good friend with a capable palate, and he found that it could give Tatuaje a run for it’s proverbial money.

 

 

Courtesy of Lois Siller and the wonderful people of the VSI-America branch.

Reviewed on 3/5/2012.

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