Villiger La Capitana (plus giveaway)

Recently, the marketing folks at Villiger Stokkebye reached out to us here at the Stogie Review to see if we’d be interested in reviewing a new cigar they were about to release. Best known for their pipe tobaccos, Villiger has produced machine-made cigars for over 120 years and added premium hand-rolled cigars to their repertoire in 2009. Their newest addition is La Capitana, which is designed to provide a full-bodied smoking experience.

I responded to Villiger by saying that I’d be happy to check out their new cigar. I’d never smoked any of their products before, and didn’t know much about them, but I’m always up for trying something new. They sent out a nice little La Capitana review pack, including a sampler box with some of their other cigars. Things have been crazy busy around here lately, but I finally found some time to sit down and record a review video. After watching, be sure to enter for the giveaway at the end of this post.

Villiger La Capitana by the numbers:
Size: 5×50
Vitola: Robusto
Wrapper: Habano Colorado
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium-Full
No. smoked for review: 2
Duration: 50 minutes
Source: review samples courtesy of Villiger Stokkebye

(Video length: 8:56)

Soundtrack: “pieces of life” by cdk (courtesy of

The pre-light inspection was really promising, with a particularly enticing dark chocolate and manure scent emanating from the wrapper. Unfortunately, once lit, the La Capitana didn’t quite live up to that promise. Early on, all I got was a vegetal, young tobacco taste with perhaps a hint of paper(?). In one of the samples, I also ran into some tunneling issues, a wavy burn, and a relight. Additionally, although billed as a full-bodied cigar, the La Capitana only barely built up into the medium to full range. The flavors improved towards then end, with woody & nutty notes developing along with some sweetness, but still nothing overly impressive.


Here’s another really easy giveaway with a nice prize. Simply leave a comment below and I’ll randomly select one lucky Stogie Review reader to win a four pack robusto sampler from Villiger Stokkebye containing:

  • (1) Villiger 1888 – Villiger’s first premium hand-rolled cigar, originally released in 2009
  • (1) Villiger 1888 Fuerte – Featuring a Negro San Andreas Claro wrapper, Peruvian Havana-seed binder, and a filler of Santo Domingo & Nicaraguan ligeros
  • (2) Villiger La Libertad – Made in the Dominican Republic with a Peruvian Havana-seed wrapper, a Peruvian Nicaraguan-seed binder, and filled with mostly ligeros from the DR & Nicaragua

Contest ends January 24, 2012; residents of the US & Canada only; must be 19 or older. Good luck!

Updated: Jan 26, 2012 7:10PM
Congratulations to Tod O, whose entry was randomly selected as the winner of this giveaway. Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize, and thanks to everyone for entering.

About Charlie:
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Delaware, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker