There is something about a perfect looking Lancero that makes me smile. The fact that it a limited run cigar from Drew Estate makes me even more happy. I was very happy to find myself reviewing this cigar. It has gotten very high remarks from some of the best critics in the business. I felt that i needed to give this my personal assessment.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Length: 7 inches
Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Price (Boxes of 15) - $194.25
(per stick) - $12.95
The smell, construction, and wrapper were amazing on initial inspection. Drew Estate is known for flavored cigars, but that passion and detail goes into every product that they put out. I had nothing but sky high expectations before ever laying eyes on this one.
Somethings never change. We are creatures of habit. I took a strong smell of this cigar and it was great. Cedar, chocolate, and espresso hit me right away. I made my cut and took my cold draw. It just reinforced the flavors that my nose picked up. Toasting pending.....
Lighting, Draw, Burn:
Lighting was easy which seems to be the case with many Lancero cigars. It remained lit for the duration of the smoke which is also a huge plus. The draw was phenomenal. It was just right to get a perfect amount of smoke in your mouth to get a great taste. The burn of this cigar was extremely even. The idea of a touch-up did not even exist. I should note that this cigar puts out tons of smoke. Drew Estate is known for smoke production and this cigar is high up on the list.
From the start you get a strong taste of cedar, leather, espresso, and semi-sweet chocolate. There is also a creaminess to this cigar with a mild sweetness. Coming into the second third the sweetness has died down a bit. I picked up hints of a tangy spice similar to peppers. The cedar has also taken a back seat while the leather and espresso stayed true and out in front. The taste of chocolate also remained but was more feint and less sweet. The final third finished where the second third was with one exception. The creaminess seemed to pick up a great deal and tie all the flavors together once again.
This took a nice two week vacation inside the humidor before the review. Due to the smaller ring size my cutting weapon of choice was a Les Fines Lames cigar knife. A flawless straight cut was there. The source of fire was a brass classic Zippo with a duel flame butane insert.
Well now that I have done my own review I am a fan. This cigar was very smooth and hit the spot. Nothing short of perfection. The Lancero size added a nice touch as well. Long burn time without the thickness. While this was a limited run they are still available at many places for you to enjoy.