Cigars and cigar manufacturers come and go, but Chin Alvarez is here to stay. A relative of the Olivas, he patiently oversees the manufacture of Value Line Nicaraguan 400 cigars in his Estelí factory. The cigars offer a lip-smacking, gum-tingling smoke chock full of unique Corojo sweetness. Beneath the dark wrapper is a full-bodied blend of Nicaraguan longfillers. Mexican binders add an earthy twang to the mix, for a smoke can't possibly be this affordable...but it is! Smoke big for less coin!
This is one to stock up on. Cocoa, spice, creamy aftertaste, down to the nub.
The description is almost spot on. Expect smooth stereotypical Nicaraguan flavor with a little spice and earthiness. The construction and burn are great. Don't expect complexity. A nice tasting yard gar.
By far my favorite everyday stick. This is the one I go for every day. If I have the time and opportunity I'll smoke a Famous 4000 or the 3000, but at least I'll get a Nic 400 in.
What was good: Solid good tasting Nicaraguan stick. Has the strength and taste you look for in a Nicaraguan. Good cedar and pepper flavor. If you're looking for a sweet and buttery cigar, brother this ain't it. But if you're looking for the quarter horse type cigar, in which you can't beat the price to value ratio, you got a winner. What wasn't so good: I found them to be wrapped more compact than a firecracker. Hard to get a good draw on. You will not get flawless construction on these either. i found breaks in the wrapper, stems poking through, cracks on the cap and slashes in the shaft. However these didn't keep the cigar from smoking properly. I really didn't care since I'm not a cigar snob and care more about the taste and burn than anything else. This is as good of a deal you'll find, in my humble opinion.