Nica Rustica uses a Connecticut broadleaf medium wrapper, Mexican San Andrés negro binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The line is inspired by El Brujito, an image of a shaman that was found on a rock dating back to pre-Columbian times. Shamans were the first known users of tobacco in Estelí and the image of El Brujito can be found in various place around the city.
There’s a very defined pointedness at the top of the Belly, but otherwise, it looks like a Nica Rustica. The orange-gold band congrats nicely against the dark and oily wrapper. I pick up lots of cocoa, sour leather and some minty flavors from the broadleaf. Like the original, there’s a covered foot which oddly provides a different aroma from the wrapper. There’s still sour leather, but it’s joined by oatmeal cookies and some fruitiness. The cold draw has a big sweetness, like an oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich, grain, the aforementioned mint and some sharp pepper behind it.