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Cigars: Autumn & Nica Rustica Cigars Are Perfect Combo

This cool and rainy September afternoon reminded me of the best side of Autumn – rustic beauty, brown leaves falling and slight musty smell of the season. It’s also the day I met my new afternoon luvr. It was unexpected. I didn’t really know what I was looking for when this dark and lovely looker caught my eye at Carmine’s Cigar Lounge in Staten Island.

Not my usual type … he had a rustic, carefree, and bold look. But I knew the moment I picked him up and breathed in deeply that I could fall for him. And OH did I ever.


Nica Rustica, made by Drew Estate, has an unrefined Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Mexican San Andreas binder and Nicaraguan (Esteli & Jalapa) fillers. Dark and robust, this medium to full strength cigar presents with pigtail cap and 6 inches x 52 ring gauge that fits perfectly between my lips. Cost? $12

Not in looks, but more in flavor & profiles, the Nica Rustica reminded me of Undercrown and Liga Privada. Delicious preview of rich flavors during the pre-lit draw was earth & cocoa. Upon lighting, the Nica Rustica kept a terrific burn line, slightly flakey ash, with tremendous smoke output.


Once I had my hand on him I just knew we were meant for each other. Upon lighting, I drew in the rich tobacco, savoring the first delicious puffs. Full of flavors, my new cigar luvr teased my palate first with unsweetened cocoa and wood, then opening up with black pepper that balanced the taste. Not as dense as No.9 or as sweet as I find the Undercrown can be, the Nica Rustica is consistently good. He slowly released a tasty goodness making me want him all the more. What girl doesn’t like to be teased with treats and goodies? With Nica around, who can even think of another cigar luvr … I only want him.

Nica builds with potency … He’s robust, but gentle and oh so fulfilling. Midway through our encounter, his earthy flavors develop into a slightly sweet tobacco taste. The final third rounds out with a touch of smokey BBQ wood flavor and I just knew I don’t want my date with Nica to end.


Sitting back in my chair, Nica in hand, I can’t take my eyes off this delicious new luvr who caught my attention and held me fast for about an hour and twenty minutes. Even when it was over, my thoughts went back to Nica and our relaxing, flavorful afternoon together. Believe me when I say I’ll be adding him to my rotation of cigar luvrs.

Nica … yeah… he stays on my mind.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Nica Rustica.

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