Luciano Cigars Fiat Lux Review

“Let there be light!” Proclaimed the cigar makers at Luciano, or Fiat Lux, translated from Latin. This is the first cigar from Luciano I have tried, and it is an elegant smoke packaged beautifully.

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Overview – Luciano Cigars Fiat Lux

  • Brand: Luciano Cigars
  • Range: Fiat Lux
  • Reviewed Vitolas: 5 x 50 Intuition
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian, High-Priming Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Luciano Tabacos S.A., Estelí, Nicaragua
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Estimated Smoking Time: 60  Minutes
  • Pricing: $210 / Box Of 20 [Buy Now]

Luciano’s Fiat Lux, once crafted at Tabacalera Pichardo, has seen a recent shift. As of February 2023, production has moved to Luciano Meirelles’ new independent factory nestled in Estelí, Nicaragua.

While the MSRP is advertised as $210, resourceful enthusiasts may find these gems as low as $105 for a box of 20, especially on sites like CigarPage. It’s also worth noting that other vitolas in the range are often available online below MSRP, making them a great catch if you’re one to check back regularly.

Luciano Fiat Lux Intuitions Cigar

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Fiat Lux Cigar Look & Feel

  • Wrapper Hue: Café con leche
  • Rolling Consistency: Even
  • Spring: Firm
  • Aromas: Barnyard, Cocoa, Clay

The presentation of the Fiat Lux cigar is easily one of the most elegant and understated I’ve come across from a cigar maker. Its warm white and natural wood box echoes the iconic designs of Mid-Century Modern legends Ray and Charles Eames, a delightful touch for design aficionados. The font of the Fiat Lux logo also caught my eye, with its Miami Art Deco styling giving it a chic, retro vibe.

Luciano Fiat Lux On Top Of Cigar Box

The cigar itself mirrors the box’s aesthetic, sporting a copper-colored footband as a stylish extra. The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is a visual treat – smoothly finished, lacking any prominent sheen or veins.

There’s one peccadillo I’ve noticed with this line, and it’s the names of their vitolas, like “Intuition,” “Genius,” and “Acumen.” Luciano might be courting the business-minded, TED talk-watching crowd, and these might be meant to spark ideas during brainstorming sessions.

I have to admit, that’s not really my scene. My cigar moments are more about unwinding and shutting off the brain, far from boardrooms and brainstorming. However, I won’t let that stop me from enjoying this Fiat Lux.

Luciano Cigars Fiat Lux Review

Pre-Lighting Experience

  • Draw: Almost Perfect
  • Aromas: Earth, Cinnamon, Cookie Dough

Before lighting up the Fiat Lux, the cigar’s body offers a blend of intriguing aromas – there’s the rustic scent of barnyard mixed with the richness of cocoa and a hint of earthy clay.

Fiat Lux Cigar By Luciano Smoking Review

I opted for a Xicar guillotine for the cut, finding the dry draw near perfect, though just a tad on the loose side. This initial draw revealed a delightful mix of earthy tones, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and an unexpected but pleasant sweetness reminiscent of cookie dough.

1st Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Earth, Leather, Mineral

Upon lighting the Fiat Lux, it immediately reveals a symphony of flavors.

Earthy tones blend seamlessly with hints of leather and a subtle mineral quality. The retrohale adds a twist with a slight white pepper note, enhancing the overall complexity.

Smoking First Third Of Fiat Lux by Luciano Cigars

This earthiness is something I often link with Sumatra wrappers, and it’s beautifully executed here. What’s truly impressive about this cigar, especially considering its Nicaraguan origins, is its mildness. It’s so delicately balanced that I could easily mistake it for a Dominican cigar if I wasn’t aware of its true heritage.

2nd Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Tarragon, Clove, Allspice

As the Fiat Lux progresses into its second third, there’s a noticeable shift in its flavor profile. The earthen and mineral notes largely recede, giving way to a warmer, spicier essence. Hints of tarragon, clove, and allspice, emerge, with pronounced notes of brown rice on the retrohale.

Fiat Lux Cigar Burn Line In Second Third

The ash of the Fiat Lux is another aspect worth mentioning – it’s striking, bone-white, and remarkably solid. I usually don’t manage to maintain a long ash stack on my cigars, but with the Fiat Lux, I impressively kept the ash intact up to the halfway mark before it inevitably fell and adorned my pants.

Final Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Dutch Cocoa, Cinnamon, Mineral

In the last stretch of the Fiat Lux, a note of dark Dutch-process cocoa comes to the forefront. Accompanying this are secondary notes of cinnamon and a resurgence of that familiar mineral quality.

This time, the minerality reminds me of the crispness of ocean air, adding a refreshing twist to the profile. On the final retrohale, there’s a surprising hint of macadamia nuts – a note that makes me wonder if I’m subconsciously missing Hawai’i?

Overall Burn & Experience

  • Ash Backbone: Solid
  • Burn Angle: Slightly Wavy
  • Temperature: Cool
  • Draw: Ideal
  • Final Smoking Time: 60 Minutes

In my experience, The Fiat Lux leans more towards the lighter, simpler side of the cigar spectrum. It maintains a consistent flavor profile without significant development from light-up to burnout.

Smoking Cigar Review Luciano Cigars Fiat Lux Intuitions

Across the three Fiat Lux cigars I’ve smoked before this review, I noticed a slight waviness in the burn line, but nothing too concerning. Considering I usually smoke in my garage, where wind isn’t a factor, this seems inherent to the cigar itself.

Overall, Luciano’s Fiat Lux in the Intuitions vitola provided a pleasant smoking experience, though they did tend to finish quicker than some other cigars.

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Pairing Recommendations With A Fiat Lux Cigar

Throughout my experience with the Fiat Lux, the persistent earthen mineral notes suggest it would be a perfect match with a dish like mushroom risotto. The earthy flavors of the mushrooms would resonate beautifully with the cigar’s profile. I can also see this cigar pairing well with hearty meat dishes, such as a juicy steak or a well-prepared dry-aged hamburger. For a dessert pairing, an Espresso Affogato, with its contrasting creaminess and robust espresso, would be a delightful complement to the cigar’s warming spice notes.

Fiat Lux Cigar & A Man And His Watch Book

As for drinks, the Fiat Lux brings to mind the qualities of an aperitif, much like Campari. The herbal notes in Campari would likely enhance the mineral aspects of the cigar. Earl Grey tea, with its tannic edge, could be another excellent choice, harmonizing with the cigar’s earthy tones. For those who prefer something sweeter, Disaronno’s warm, spicy profile would be a lovely match.

Given its mild strength, the Fiat Lux seems ideal for a post-lunch treat. Its elegant presentation, from the box to the band, also makes it a great cigar to share with colleagues after a lunch meeting – though those aren’t really my scene.

Closing Thoughts

Luciano’s Fiat Lux blend strikes a wonderful balance of smoothness and mildness, all wrapped up in absolutely gorgeous packaging. Even with the occasional wavy burn line, the craftsmanship is evident, showcasing the quality of its make.

Luciano Fiat Lux Intuitions Cigar

Priced at around $210 for a box or roughly $10 per stick, it represents fair value, earning a solid B on our value-for-money scale. Although the flavor profile doesn’t align perfectly with my personal preference, it’s undeniably an excellent smoke. Its elegance and quality make it an ideal choice for a thoughtful gift.

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"A wonderful amalgamation of smoothness and balance; the Fiat Lux is an excellent smoke given its elegance and quality."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★

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