Pachuche Liga Roja Robusto. Pachuche is a brand we had never heard of until last September. The Swiss brand has been available for a few years, but only in Switzerland. Yet they are ready to expand, and secured distribution in Norway so far. Pachuche shared a booth with Viking Cigars at the Intertabac trade show, and Viking introduced us to Camillo Bazzell. Pachuche is Dominican slang for torcedor, a cigar roller.
The Liga Rojo is the second blend created out of the four Pachuche blends. It was created by Christian Bazzell, Camillo’s father, with the help of master blender William Ventura. The cigar is made with Dominican filler and binder. The wrapper is Mexican San Andres. There are three sizes available, we smoked the 5×50 Robusto for this review. The artwork on the cigar is designed by the half Mexican, half Swiss artist Patrick Küng, a childhood friend of Camillo Bazzell. Küng used his Mexican heritage as an inspiration.
Name: Pachuche Liga Roja Robusto
Country: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: € 13.60 (converted from Swiss francs)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: one hour forty-five minutes
Sponsored by Pachuche Cigars
The cigar looks good. The pastel green ring has a very detailed Mexican skull. The metallic foot ring makes clear what line of Pachuche you are smoking. The leathery wrapper is dark, almost Oscuro. But it’s oily, with tooth and almost without veins. The construction feels good. The cigar has a strong aroma of leather and wood.
The cold draw is good. It tastes like dry tobacco and raisin. Once lit, the cigar has a nice flavor of dark wood like oak. But with leather, soil and a little bit of a dark roast coffee. All very balanced and smooth on the palate. That changes to more leather, with grass, herbs, sweetness, and pepper. The second third starts with toast, leather, wood, and pepper. The flavors then become leather with pepper. But there’s also some chocolate and floral notes. The cocoa becomes a little stronger. In the final third, there is hay, leather, wood, chocolate, and a lot of pepper.
The white ash is dense and firm. The draw is good. The smoke is decent. The burn is pretty even as well. The cigar is well balanced, smooth and has character. It is a medium-full bodied cigar, full-flavored. The flavors are crisp. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.