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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Cigars Rated

 

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PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s good to be back amongst the living again. Kyle and I have been puffing away for you! The cigar for you this week is the Pinar del Rio by Abe Flores. Released in 2011 at ICPCR this cigar is stoutly all-Dominican. I purchased this particular cigar from Riverside Cigars. If you’re in Jeffersonville, Indiana, we highly recommend giving this cigar oasis a try – there are very few Patel’s to be found. And to my palate that’s a wonderful thing.

At any rate – we’re going to have a contest – more on that later – and on with the review!

First, the stats:

Cigar: PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Dominican Republic Habano Oscuro

Binder: Dominican Republic Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic (Corojo, Habano, Criollo 98)

Strength: Medium

Price: Around 9.00

PRELIGHT

Wrapper/Appearance 1/2: The cigar was heavy for it’s size, and well constructed. The cigar was off balance and definitely had more weight towards the cap, but there were no soft spots. However, one caveat that I found is that the end of the cigar was rather ugly. It was a closed foot – however, and while not my preference it was poorly constructed, with a bunch of the closed foot missing.

Cap: 2/2 pts: The cap was really well constructed – there was a pronounced pig-tail on top, curling twice.
Band: 2/2 pts: As you can see from the pictures the band is an intense double red band with a silver block letter font. It’s really quite pretty – sexy almost.
Smell: 2/2 pts: Rich and earthy – the smell drew hints of tobacco and musty leather.
Pre-light draw/lighting: 2/2 pts: The pre-light draw was clean and clear and hinted towards earthiness and a muddiness that while not unpleasant was unexpected.

TOTAL: 9/10.

FIRST THIRD

The promise of leather did not hold true in this cigar. Instead, it was rather metallic in the first third. Though it could have been the inferior lighter that I was using. Otherwise the smoke was pleasant and thick – creamy with a desirable mouthfeel. After a few minutes the cigar turned much nicer and turned more earthy with subtle undertones of nuttiness and baked bread. The metallic taste pervaded once again, and the cigar seemed to burn hot despite my best efforts to make it burn slowly, including smoking less and making sure that I didn’t have to continue to relight. It was windy today so that might have contributed to the fact that the cigar decided to go all wonky on me and continued to burn out. Finally, I got ticked off enough to just snip the end off and relight to start the smoke again. There were several relights during the first third, but I wont completely discount this cigar simply because of my poor equipment and the weather conditions.

SECOND THIRD

This was much better! The metallic taste vanished. It gave way to a cigar that was rich in cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (which, by the way is very poisonous when taken intravenously…I’m not advocating doing that … but it seems to be a dangerous way to use a delicious spice.). The smoke continued to be creamy and rich, and was delicious. The oscura was complex and the taste of bread greeted the smoker as the cigar mellowed out. The cigar was a biter originally and she turned rich and delicious after a brief experience with the dark side. The ash was light gray and very dense. The smoke continued to have a creamy mouthfeel and was totally worth nursing it through the bitter parts.

FINAL THIRD

After sacrificing a lamb to the wind (not really, it just happened that I huddled down underneath the deck … I was like Frodo Baggins in my hobbit hole) it finally calmed down. And the overall experience the final third as completely worth it. The cigar remained savory and had an undercurrent of nuttiness. The oscura rounded itself out remaining delicious and complex. The cigar was a bit dry, I highly recommend having something to drink with you (I was drinking water … but Beer or Wine would work well too.) The leatheriness worked itself back in towards the end, and I nubbed this cigar out. Nice work, Abe!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 

The overall experience was marred by the wind and the shoddy equipment that I was using. One of the things that I liked about this cigar was the flavor profile. The beginning was metallic and disgusting, but the sheer force of will caused me to keep through it and I’m glad that I did. The initial bitterness wore off to a smooth and savory tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and baked bread and then finished off with the hints of leather that the foot and the prelight draw promised. A decent smoke after all.

THE RECAP

Prelight: 9/10

Smoking: 7/10 – Quantification: The initial bitterness was so unpleasant that I found myself wanting to stop smoking. But I forced myself to overcome my aversion!

Overall Experience: 7/10 – Qualification: The fact that I had to relight the thing five times and clip the end once, made it rather unenjoyable to smoke. But the taste was really quite good.

TOTAL: 23/30. Truly a good quality smoke – but it could use some work. It was enjoyable, and I’ll be glad to enjoy another one. At the price it may or may not be worth it – check back to see another review of one, I hope to grab another one soon.

Thanks for reading! Another couple weeks and we’ll be ready to post our “CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS” for a chance for you to win cigars and a special prize.

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Cigars Rated

 

Illusione Holy Lance – Candela Wrapper

Greetings and Salutations Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a good smoke. And it’s been even longer since I have written for this blog – big thanks to Kyle for squirreling away his resources to make sure that I get to post when I can – and I’ve missed you all!

Well, let me tell you about this cigar I found at Riverside Cigar Lounge and Shop, located in Historic Jeffersonville Indiana. Jeff was really great, the cigar lounge looks totally cool with large comfortable leather chairs, lots of ashtrays, high-definition plasma screen tvs and it adjacent to the Brickhouse Bourbon Bar. Which it seemed was closed last night when I went in. Visit them at riversidecigars.com. I’ll be visiting them for sure over this Christmas break to sit and smoke a spell. Best part about the whole thing? It doesn’t really reek of cigars, which was a plus for my wife and her sister. How did I find this place? My wife found it, as we were ice-skating in the parking lot across the street. And as a reward for my patience and ice skating prowess, I managed to get some cigars out of the deal – go me. I walked out with two Pete Johnsons – A limited Edition “Wolfman” and a Cabaiguan guapo, and the Illusione “Holy Lance” in a Candela wrapper.

At any rate, I’ll get on with the review. Did you know that Dion Giolito (you’ll recognize him as one of my favorite cigar manufacturers) decided to make the Holy Lance in the standard colorado wrapper, the maduro wrapper, and the candela wrapper? I certainly didn’t and finding all three made this choice rather difficult. What is a candela wrapper you ask? It’s bright green –  and according to some places it’s a dead wrapper. Candela wrappers have been very rare over the past 9-10 years. Sometimes referred to as AMS, or “American Market Selection,” cigars due to their tremendous popularity in the United States from the late 1800s through the mid 20th century, Candela is basically a bright green wrapper color achieved by a process which traps the chlorophyll content of the leaf prior to fermentation. This wrapper is sort of sour tasting and because of it’s acquired taste it seemes to have lost touch with aficionados of today.

This is my first candela wrapper, and it was purchased solely on Jeff’s recommendation, and the fact that the standard colorado Holy Lance was so damned good. Here’s what Giolito has to say on his website: “ Lancero , the lance. Get it? Constantine was the first Christian Emperor to lead Rome. It was fabled that he had possession of the very spear that punctured the side of Jesus while on the cross. He was said to carry this relic into battle and, it was said that it helped him win many battles. It is an artisan blend and, the mildest of all my cigars.”

On with the review! It should be noted: to my understanding, they are not a limited-run but will be produced so long as the candela wrapper is available.

THE SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 7.5

Ring: 40

Style: Lancero

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: American Market Standard – Candela Wrapper

Filler: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Price: Expect to pay about $10.00 – $12.00 per smoke.

THE PRE-LIGHT RITUAL

Many of you will remember that I’m all about the experience – and as such this remains my favorite part of the entire smoking experience. Truly a boutique cigar the band was simple, white band with gold lettering. Again, since I believe we smoke (and eat) first with our eyes, this band was truly sexy and got me excited about smoking this cigar. The bright green wrapper was nice- just right it had sandy undertones underneath . It had no huge veins, and only one small tear, I think though that this is because it was transported home in the pocket of my leather coat.. Like all lanceros, they were light, but this one had only one soft spot. The cap was even, a nice triple seam with a deft pigtail on the top. The band was true to the Illusione type, and it was simple, classic, and even sexy. The smell was almost light fresh cut hay, grassy and light. It was a welcome breath of fresh air in the freezing night. A light floral scent accompanied the stick too. The pre-light was open and even, and tasted of wheat, and a small hint of leather.

FIRST THIRD:

The first third began grassy, and had hints of roasted wheat. This cigar had a pleasant almost leathery aftertaste. One of the best things about the cigar was that with a green wrapper, one would expect that it would be a “lighter” smoke, as Candela’s often are (at least to me), but this one is heady and enjoyable. Having enjoyed the standard Holy Lance, this one is totally in the same league as it’s brown cousin. Thick plumes of smoke coated the palate, but the ash was disappointing. It was loose, and dark gray – indicative that perhaps the cigar was rolled too wet. Towards the middle of the second third, there was an interesting addition to the flavors – it started to move from grassiness to the sweetness of caramel or even a toffee – a very pleasing flavor!

SECOND THIRD

The second third started with notes of toasted bread with the undertone of toffee and transitioned into a savory spiciness that I found really rather satisfying. I’m a fan of cigars that are spicy, and heady. And this one was well on its way to delivering a powerful punch! The smoke moved into a cinnamon and pepper with the barest floral hints of anise and all-spice. The smoke was still very pronounced, and thick. It was delicious – keeping the palate coated in the savory spiciness that reared it’s head in this third.

FINAL THIRD

The spiciness of the second third yielded in the final third to a flavor that was predominantly woody, and nutty. It was almost as if we returned to the beginning of the cigar because leathery undertones made their way back into the mix. The smoke remained thick and abundant, though I did have to relight a few times in this third, and had to even out the burn. Other than that the smoke was perfect. One thing that Giolito is famous for is the blending of tobaccos to create flavor profiles that linger on the palate.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

With a total smoke time of one and a half hours, I found each minute to be an enjoyable one. The first notes were very grassy and summery which lead me to thinking I would be smoking a garden. But the whole smoke had such a complexity and subtle nuances that I can only compare to purchasing perfume for a significant other. It smells one way on the little plastic card, but on your loved one it’s completely different. This is the first cigar in a long time that I nubbed out.

RECAP

Prelight: 9/10 –

Smoking: 8/10 

Overall Experience: 9/10 

Total Composite Score: 27/30 

I totally want some more of these to fill this:

What a great Christmas present – my wife totally rocks! Speaking of Christmas – I hope that you and your loved ones have a great Holiday.

God Bless,

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Cigars Rated

 

Vegas de Santiago 6×50 Torpedo “Cafe con Leche”

Greetings Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s ‘//otan here again and it’s been a long time since I have stepped fingers onto this blog. Obviously fall time is the busiest time of year for me, and unfortunately I didn’t have very much tucked away so that I could continue to post while I didn’t have the time to smoke.

At any rate, you certainly don’t care much about that. I’m ready to get on with a review for you. You see, a few weeks ago we got a stock of sticks from Costa Rica, the Vegas de Santiago brand. According to http://www.vegassantiago.com these cigars are special because they are grown in volcanic soil at 1100 meters (3500 feet). All labor is done manually and the techniques were inherited from the local indian tribes. The tobaccos are aged for 3 years at a minimum.

At any rate, I’ll get on with the review! Enjoy, and my recommendation is that you get yourself some of these Vegas Santiago cigars and start enjoying them today.

Vegas de Santiago Torpedo “Cafe con Leche”

Length: 6 x 50

Country of Origin: Costa Rica

Wrapper: Costa Rican

Filler: Costa Rican Long Filler

Binder: Costa Rican

Cost: Samplers start at $9.00

PRELIGHT RITUAL – 10/10

Wrapper/Appearance: 2/2 – One small scuff, otherwise it was really nice. The wrapper was dark brown, and had no veins in it. The feel was silky, and heavy for this cigars sie.

Cap: 2/2. Even and well rounded, evidence of a very experienced craftsman/woman.

Band: 2/2. The band was even and well placed. It was a black and gold with embossed letters. Very eye pleasing.

Smell: 2/2. There was a light tobacco smell, and there were hints of grassiness that were evident. The scent also had a small aroma of coffee.

Prelight Draw/Lighting: 2/2. The draw was open and unobstructed. There were faint hints of tobacco and coffee. Very mild.

FIRST THIRD

After all of the things that I noted when I was going through the pre-light ritual, I was really expecting this to be a great smoke. And actually, despite my prior disappointments with cigars, I could honestly say that I one hundred percent was not disappointed. There were tasting notes of coffee, with a creamy finish. The smoke had a very mild mouth feel. There was quite a nice taste of coffee in the tasting notes. There was a ton of rich smoke, with lots of thick dark gray ash. I’m usually an asher of cigars pretty prematurely, but this ash stayed nice and tight.

SECOND THIRD

The opening of the second third of this cigar found me pleasantly surprised. It was still a very mild smoke. There were tasting notes of coffee, with a hint of chocolate and several whiffs of cedar. The tobacco continues to burn evenly producing lots of dark thick ash. Towards the end of this third, it transitioned into a very nice hint of spice. The predominant taste remained coffee however. Though, to my palate, I think I found it to be very pleasantly reminiscent of all-spice, with a hint of butteriness in there as well.

FINAL THIRD

Smoking in the garage. At any rate, the cigar transitioned nicely into a spiced warm tasting. The title of the cigar is “Cafe con leche” and so far it was working on producing. This cigar continued to have a mild mouthfeel, and it continued to work on the tasting notes of coffee. It seemed here, though, that the cigar was packed loosely towards the top, because it started to burn really quite hot. It didn’t mess with the flavors too much, to be quite honest, as in some cases where the flavors char instead of melding together.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:

Wow. What a really nice cigar. I really enjoyed it, and for what I paid for it, it was totally worth it. Actually, normally I’m not a fan of mild/medium bodied cigars – but in fact, I think that this smoke is incredibly complex. The makers here have a great thing on their hands. This smoke was a great experience, it provided two hours of smoking comfort on a reasonably warm day in the middle of October. One of the things that I really enjoyed was that the cigar continued to remain mild and medium bodied throughout, one spice note did not ever overpower another note. It really tasted quite nicely. On to the recap!

THE RECAP

Prelight: 10/10

Smoking Experience: 8/10

Overall Experience: 8/10

Total Score: 26/30. 

 

Well folks, it was good to spend some time with you again. I hope that you enjoy reading the review, and after all, it’s what it’s all about, just enjoying the moment. It’s been too long. Have a great week ladies and gentlemen.

Prosit!

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Cigars Rated

 

Kentucky Gentleman “Fire-tipped Robusto”

Greetings Lord and Ladies of the Leaf!

FIrst I should apologize – life it seems, has caught up with me! And I don’t have much of a stockpile built up of cigar reviews. However, this one is rather special, a few weeks ago, my wife and I visited the Kentucky State Fair – and as usual, at the state fair was the proprietor of “Kentucky Gentleman’s Cigars.”, Allen Mobley. After chatting with him for about thirty five minutes, I handed him $30.00 and asked him to prepare for me a flight (for my wine tasting friends) of cigars. I ended up with ten cigars (so not a bad deal, right?) including this fire-tipped robusto.

I promised Allen that, good or bad, I would review his cigar and post it on the blogosphere. Therefore, this review is a “making good” on a promise. One of the things I would like to remind you is that K. and I are not professionals. We’re just two good friends that are sitting on the back decks of our houses, our garages (most often huddled around a heater), and then we’re used to having good wine. Our palates are completely different, and well – we’ll just get on with the review, shall we?

KENTUCKY GENTLEMAN “FIRE-TIPPED” ROBUSTO

Filler: Dominican Republic

Binder: Dominican Republic

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

kentuckygentlemancigars.com promises:”

This well-rolled, blonde churchill is set-off by the unique, redish-brown cap. It is easy-drawing, and the burn even at the heart of the cigar. The aroma consists of fig and cedar, and the ash is powdery white.

The “Fire-Tipped” is creamy with cedar and cocoa, and has a peppery, spicy finish. It is a perfect compliment to a snifter of fine Cognac or a lush Pinot Noir or Petit Syrah.

The cigar is an ideal after-dinner smoke, and it will quickly climb the lists of the enthusiasts who prefer mild.”

PRELIGHT RITUAL: 8/10

The first thing that I noticed was the “fire-tip” which was uneven and looked like a piece of shoe leather on the tip of the cigar. Allen said “This stuff wont burn, it just gets wet and flavors the cigar with a nice bourbon flavor. It’s great, you’ll love it.” But it was not aesthetically pleasing. There were several issues and chips that could have been the fact that the cigars didn’t travel well from my car at the fair to the humidor at home. An OK cap – slightly uneven and rather sloppily applied gum to hold the smoke together. A big bold “Kentucky Gentleman” with the thoroughbred and it was really well done. The pre-light smell was really nice, consisting as promised mostly of cedar with hints of fruit, and a small amount of leather.

On to the SMOKING! FIRST THIRD …

Well, what can I say. This cigar might be the most disappointing thing I have ever had the displeasure of smoking. And yes, I have $30.00 worth of them in my humidor, and yes, I’ll probably smoke them. At any rate, the cigar promised an easy draw, which it delivered. However, the fire tip that Allen promised was a chewy mess after the first few minutes of smoking. It also did not impart the bourbon flavor, but rather it contributed an acidic, almost chlorine taste to the cigar. There was a hint of the cedar flavor, but it was combined with that acidic tart taste. The ash, was disappointing, not the thick white of a well aged cigar, but instead it was a wet gray color. It could have been a sign of the immaturity of the tobacco, or perhaps some errors in storage or in the fact that the tobacco was rolled wet. I did however, continue to smoke until the second third … at least.

SECOND THIRD

This is where I finished smoking. Unfortunately, I could no longer endure the bitter taste, after being acidic it turned metallic and more pronounced. I tried pulling off the “fire-tip” but it was unfortunately, an embedded taste. So, maybe my judgement call on the fire-tip was rather premature. That’s why I’ll be giving the Kentucky Gentleman another chance in a future episode of the classiccigar blog!

So to recap – the Kentucky Gentleman Cigar is still a work in progress. However, I do have one small issue, the “Kentucky Proud” label. This is a label that is granted by the Kentucky department of agriculture. According to http://www.kyagr.comKentucky Proud is Kentucky’s official farm marketing program.  Administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and funded in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky Proud is designed to improve Kentucky’s economy by increasing the value of Kentucky grown and raised farm products.  Membership is free and is open to any Kentucky farm or other business which grows, raises or manufactures food and agricultural products in Kentucky.” When discussing with Mr. Mobley, he mentioned that his tobaccos were not Kentucky raised, which to me meant that his cigars are “Kentucky Assembled” rather than Kentucky Proud.

RECAP

Pre-light: 6/10

Smoking 6.5/10

Overall Experience 2/10

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TOTAL : 14.5/30 points

One of the most disappointing smokes that I have experienced. However, since I have another one sitting in my humidor, I believe that the next one has to be better. Again, I do want to reiterate that while I did not enjoy the cigar, you might.

Thanks for reading!

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Cigars Rated

 

“Mystery Smoke”

Greetings and Salutations Lords and Ladies of the Leaf!

It’s September 11th, 2011, and while this is not a politically themed blog – it would be remiss of me not to mention that on this anniversary of the largest Terror attack on American soil ever, that I was in a somber mood this morning. Living where I live in the United States, I have a unique perspective and respect for the men and women of our Armed Forces, and their service. Being the son of a Police Officer, I also recognize the unique sacrifices that are made day in and day out for those that are first responders.

Now that I have mentioned the sort of somber mood that I have been in today, on with the review! … the “Mystery Smoke” that Kaleehb gave me. Enjoy! I should note, that normally I would give you the specifications, but since I really didn’t know them – I will keep them to myself until the end! Also I’ll briefly apologize for my absence, as always life has decided to interfere with my hobby, and to be honest, this hobby is what makes slow down and just sit – so it was sorely missed.

At any rate – here we go!

As you’re looking at that picture you’ll note that I have not opened the envelope, and that the band has been removed from the cigar. After aging in my humidor for a few weeks, I was pleased with the suppleness of the cigar. The dark wrapper had medium veins running throughout it, and the pre-light scent smelled of cedar and sweet tobacco.

THE FIRST THIRD

The first third began with a woody flavor. There were minor notes of coffee that took a complimentary, almost background flavor to the cigar. There was also a spiciness that started rich, almost peppery and transitioned into a sweet caramelized flavor. The ash was tight – but dark gray indicating to me that the tobacco may have been rolled when it was wet, or underaged. Either way, the first third was a satisfying experience.

THE SECOND THIRD

The second third remained very much the same. The woody flavors predominated, and the sweet caramel and the espresso flavors maintained their integrity. All in all this was a great tasting cigar at this moment. One of the biggest issues that I found with this cigar was the uneven burn. About mid way into the smoking process the cigar went out – which was disappointing, but overall, there were minimal relights (A total of two, and three evening out burns.)

THE FINAL THIRD

For the last third, there were very few changes. The woodsy flavor predominated, and the caramel and espresso flavor remained, and it was muted, though I thought it balanced out pretty nicely, considering the trouble that it had maintaining a consistent light, and burn. The ash was tight, and maintained that way the entire smoking processes. I ash my cigars a little more than most people, because I don’t like the gray flecks that inevitably end up on my shirts and shorts but, this one it was unnecessary for me to do that – it stayed fine.

THE REVEAL

Ready to find out what I was smoking? Me too!

Rocky Patel “Cuban Blend”

Wrapper: Honduran Maduro

Binder/Filler: Honduras

Size: 6 x 52

Price: $16.80 for a five pack

Overall Experience: This was an interesting experience – I have yet to have a Patel that I enjoyed … until this one. I think that this was a Cosmic Kaleehb joke, and he wanted to prove that the blend is where it’s all at. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this one a “stellar” smoke, it had its fair share of problems, but it was good – there was just the right amount of spice in the stick and there was a nice sampling of both coffee and caramel, the best thing about the smoke was it was just the right size.

THE RECAP:

Prelight Experience: 8.5/10. The cap was a little rough on this particular cigar – the trademark of a Patel I always thought was the meticulous way that he rolled his cigars. This one was slightly disappointing. Also, there were several soft spots in the stick that were minor, but there were more than one. So I considered it a sign of either settling or perhaps one that escaped quality control. Either way it was not too much of a detriment.

Smoking: 8/10. The problem here was that I had to relight the thing twice, and then I had to touch up burn to even it out a grand total of three times.

Overall Experience: 9/10. One of my favorite cigar experiences. The tasting was so complex and rich that I really just enjoyed it. I take back a few of the nasty things I’ve said about Patel’s smokes. I’d buy a box of these in a heart beat.

TOTAL SCORE: 25.5

Not a bad smoke. I don’t think I will buy a box of them, but I do think having a few on hand as a go-to smoke (such as my Padron 3000 or the Tatuaje Havana IV) would be a good investment in my humidor. So, thanks, Kyle for the cards as well as for the smoke, and don’t get used to this, but I’m putting it in print, that I was wrong. Maybe there is a good Patel out there, and you found it for me. Enjoy your week my friends! It’s good to be back with you!

‘//otan

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Cigars Rated

 

Illusione HL “Holy Lance” Lancero

Greetings Lords (and Ladies) of the Leaf!

You’ll notice that things are speeding up here at the Classic Cigar Blog – we’re back for another review. It is good to be together again, smoking a cigar made by Illusione again. Here’s what the website has to say about it: ” Lancero , the lance. Get it? Constantine was the first Christian Emperor to lead Rome. It was fabled that he had possession of the very spear that punctured the side of Jesus while on the cross. He was said to carry this relic into battle and, it was said that it helped him win many battles. It is an artisan blend and, the mildest of all my cigars.”

Let’s see how this goes. First – relating back to ambience in smoking- it was a mild seventy six degrees or so here – so it was a perfect night to sit out and smoke a cigar in my “smoking room” That’s the deck, for those of you following along at home. Here’s a picture.

THE SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 7.5

Ring: 40

Style: Lancero

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Cafe Colorado -Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Bear with me, I’m on a picture taking mission. Enjoy!

THE PRE-LIGHT RITUAL

My favorite part of the whole thing. The wrapper was nice- just right. It had no huge veins, and no tears. Like all lanceros, they were light, but this one had only one soft spot. The cap was even, a nice triple seam with a deft pigtail on the top. The band was true to the Illusione type, and it was simple, classic, and even sexy. The smell was of cedar, and was nice and woody. A light floral scent accompanied the stick too. The pre-light was open and even, and tasted of cedar, and some light hints of what I would later come to taste as Anise or licorice.

THE FIRST THIRD

The first few puffs lent themselves to an anise and floral fusion, it was unexpected but as he said – it’s an artisan blend. There were hints later on of allspice and maybe a tinge of coffee in there. The burn was even, for awhile, and the dark ash made me think that this tobacco was still wet when it was rolled. Not terribly offensive, just slightly so. As we smoked it transitioned to a salty and spicy flavor, that was hard to discern. It was just the right add on for the licorice type taste that I was experiencing.

THE SECOND THIRD

This third was delightfully spiced with notes of roasted coffee and roasted peanuts. The burn was a little uneven and it still produced a creamy smoke that was thick and heady. This was largely like the head on a great beer. Later in the smoke it became sweeter – with hints of sugar and caramel. One of the things that combined well with the earlier coffee notes was the taste of caramel.  As the third progressed we transitioned into an earthiness that was pleasant on the palate. It went out one time and had to be re-lit.

THE THIRD AND FINAL THIRD

The final third was rich and full bodied. The hints of coffee and roasted nuts transitioned into black pepper and smokiness. The next transition brought about a return to the first third. The first puffs tasted of anise and licorice, this was very different than the first impression that one would have gathered having seen the first few glimpses of that cigar. The hint of coffee and licorice remained to the end of the cigar. What a great smoke!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

As  I’ve been known to say before – ambiance is a great reason to smoke a cigar. And the great weather, it was a modest seventy-six degrees out – was one of the reasons that I would want to take the time to smoke such a long cigar. This was one of the best cigars and I enjoyed the cigar despite it’s obvious flaws – it had to be touched up quite a few times, and overall it was a disappointing burn. However! It tasted great. The final moments of this cigar were heady and euphoric – with licorice on the palate, and a great finish. Despite the fact that the darn thing wouldn’t stay lit – the tasting notes were complex and I’ve always enjoyed the taste of licorice. When they gave way to a nice and full coffee and pepper flavor, and then surprisingly of all, the Holy Lance witched to the first third again and remained that way until the end.

This cigar is certainly in the running for my “Cigar Top 10 List” and it deserves it’s place in the pantheon of great cigars.

Here’s the RECAP:

RECAP

Prelight: 9/10 – Everything was well proportioned with a delicate pig-tail cap and a nice wrapper. The pre-light draw was really heady and tasted of cedar, but ironically enough, that flavor was not in the main part of the cigar.

Smoking: 8/10 – The problem with this cigar was that it had difficulty staying lit – it was a good cigar, but fundamentally, it was poorly constructed it seemed. The tobacco might have been rolled when it was not quite as dry as it could have been. However, it was still a great smoke. Overall.

Overall Experience: 9/10 – Great overall experience – what a wonderful smoke.

Total Composite Score: 27/30 – Very distinguished smoke. Highly recommended. Best of the Best.

At $9.00 a stick, this is totally worth it. I am putting this on my wishlist for Christmas, I hope someone is reading! Enjoy your week – and look forward for another review next Sunday!

Sláinte!

‘//otan

p.s. Enjoy this picture of our “Rib Adventure!” This is the only way to grill – open flames, good beer, good friends, and one heck of a Cigar. – W

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Cigars Rated