August 13, 2021
Pachuche Liga Platino Toro. There are a surprising number of cigar brands made in the Caribbean with a Swiss background. Too many to name, but Switzerland is a surprisingly big player when it comes to European countries owning brands. Pachuche is one of them, and all because Camilo Bazzell fell in love with a Dominican lady, now his wife. He moved to the Dominican Republic, and together with his father, and cigar enthusiast, Christian they founded Pachuche Cigars.
Pachuche is Dominican slang for cigar roller. After a few trials and errors, the father and son team met William Ventura. That’s when they found their man. Tabacalera William Ventura became their go-to factory for cigars. The Liga Platino is one of the four blends. The 6×52 Liga Platino with a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around Dominican binder and filler.
Name: Pachuche Liga Platino ToroCountry: Dominican RepublicFactory: Tabacalera William VenturaSize: 6×52Vitola: ToroWrapper: Brazil (Arapiraca)Binder: Dominican RepublicFiller: Dominican RepublicPrice: €22 (converted from CHF)Cutter: Xikar Xi1 CutterLighter: Single JetSmoke conditions: Indoors with airconditioningSmoke time: one hour forty minutes
The Colorado color of the wrapper is beautiful. It’s slightly oily and quite smooth. The ring with the Mexican skull looks amazing, although the platinum, shining, foot band does not match. The print quality is high, but then again, there is pressure on the printer. The printer, Cigar Rings, bought equipment from the Bazzell family, who owns Pachuche Cigars. The cigar feels well constructed. The barnyard aroma is quite strong.
The cold draw is fine. It has a mild spicy flavor. After lighting, there’s leather, coffee, herbs, and a hint of sweetness. There is some cinnamon. The mouthfeel is dry. The flavors are mild to medium at this point, but very pleasant. And there is a perfect balance. Slowly some earthy flavor joins the spices and coffee. The spices are more pronounced in the retrohale.
The second third sees some growth in strength of body and flavor. There is some fennel and clove, with a hint of lemon to tie all flavors together. The base is a mix of cedar and soil. Slowly some sweetness from the Brazilian wrapper shows up, with some pepper. The cigar is now medium. The dark spices are still smooth in the retrohale. Wood and pepper get a little stronger. The cigar keeps growing in strength, both body and flavor. More wood, more pepper, and more sweetness. The finale has wood, leather, nuts, and pepper.
The draw is fantastic. The ash is light in color, dense, and firm. The burn is very even. The smoke is nice and thick. The cigar starts out mild but has an amazing evolution. There is plenty of balance in this cigar, and character. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.
Strength: Medium-fullFlavor: medium full
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