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BATTLE OF THE LANCEROS “Round 1”

C.A.O. Lx2   v.s. Oliva Serie V

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I thought I’d try something a little different for this review.  Instead of just doing an individual cigar review I decided to put the CAO Lx2 Lancero up against the Oliva Serie V Lancero to see which cigar was the better contender and bang for the buck!  I rated both cigars using the Classic Cigar Scoring Guide and let me say it was a fight to the end.  So here we go.

In the Left corner….

CAO Lx2 Lancero
Size: Lancero
Length: 7 ½
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaraguan (Pueblo Nuevo), Dom. Rep.
Country: Honduras
Price: $7.25 USD

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And in the Right corner….

Oliva Serie V Lancero
Size: Lancero
Length: 7
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Jalapa Valley Ligero
Country: Nicaragua
Price: $5.00 USD

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No, I did not smoke both cigars at the same time.  I smoked the Oliva Serie V first and the CAO Lx2 second (coin flip to decide).  Believe me I gave my palate plenty of time to clear so the results would vary.  So we’ll start with the Oliva Serie V Lancero.

On to the review….

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The pre-light stages for the Oliva Serie V Lancero almost cleared perfect.  This cigar has a beautiful silky, chocolate looking wrapper with perfect cap.  The band is very warm and welcoming while the pre-light smell was rich and enticing with hints of earth.  I found one soft spot in the middle of the cigar’s body.  Pre-light draw was very tight however the cigar lit with ease.
Pre-light Score:  9 pts.

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I was hit immediately, from the first puff, with a rich sweetness.  In fact the whole first part of the cigar stayed true to this profile.  The Oliva Serie V Lancero produced very little smoke but a large satisfying aroma was present in the air.

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The burn line on this cigar was a bit wavy but I never had to touch it up.  The draw loosened about 1/3 into the cigar and I was really able to taste the coffee bean and chocolate notes in the wrapper leaf (or I would imagine, since this was a lancero size).
Smoking Score:  8 pts.

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Just as I noted during the pre-light segment, I found a soft spot near the middle of the cigar.  This ended up effecting the cigars burn.  In fact, the cigar went out not once but twice on me.  For those of you who have read other post you know how much of a vibe kill I consider this to be.

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The finish on the Oliva Serie V Lancero was a little dry but overall I still enjoyed the refreshing sweetness that was present during the smoke.  I would consider this cigar to be in the medium/full body range and definitely recommended it.  The lancero size, making a come back in the aficionado world, tend to have burn problems and can be rather pricey averaging $10 – $20 a stick.  The Oliva Serie V Lancero, at five bucks a pop, shouldn’t be passed up.  If you have the leisure time and patience, the Oliva Serie V Lancero will most certainly provide you with the relaxation.
Overall Experience:  7pts.

Oliva Serie V Lancero Rating:
Pre-light:                  9pts.
Smoking:                 8pts.
Overall Exp.:       7pts.
TOTAL:                    24pts.

Now on to the CAO Lx2.…

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The wrapper on the CAO Lx2 Lancero is very dark, almost maduro looking, and silky with veins.  I like the pigtail cap however it looks to be put on a little sloppy.  The cigar has a nice firm body with no soft spots and contains hints of mocha.  The band looks much too big on the cigar and has space between it and the body of the cigar.  The pre-light draw is tight but smokeable and shows sweetness along with an empty nothingness.
Pre-light Score:  7.5 pts.

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The draw on the CAO Lx2 was very nice.  I didn’t have to over do it, with the smallest puff producing lots of thin, white smoke.  In the first inch of the cigar my palate flared with floral and spicy, white pepper notes.

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The CAO Lx2 had an inconsistent burn chart, being very even at the beginning of the smoke, then  becoming wavy and staggered.  After the first inch, it was hard to pick out any certain taste in this cigar.  In a sense I found that emptiness, mentioned at the beginning, to stay the entire time.
Smoking Score:  6.5 pts.

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I forgot to report, 1/3 into the smoking experience the CAO Lx2 went out just like the Oliva, however it happened only once (must be a lancero thing?)  Unlike the Oliva though the CAO Lx2 was very slow burning.  It took almost double the time to smoke this long, thin cigar (one hour, fifty two minutes).  Overall, I consider the CAO Lx2 to be a more mild/medium bodied smoke which was surprising to me.
Overall Experience:  6pts.

CAO Lx2 Lancero Rating:
Pre-light:                  7.5pts.
Smoking:                 6.5pts.
Overall Exp.:      6pts.
TOTAL:                    20pts.

So as we can see, the winner of the first ever “Battle of the Lanceros” is:

OLIVA SERIE V LANCERO (24 points)

Remember that all the reviews we do here at Classic Cigar are just opinions.  I highly suggest you 1.) try the lancero size (38 x 71/2).  It truly is a connoisseurs treat. 2.) try these two brands of lanceros and let us know what you think of each.  Just leave a comment!  Thanks again and till next time.

Cheers!

-kaleehb

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2009 in Cigars Rated