It always makes me smile when cigar makers recognize this blog, or even distributors. For me it is further validation that my site has become a valid go to web page for reviews and cigar information. Today’s cigar comes courtesy of The Cigar Agency who had the Cuban Classic Lancero by Don Pepin Garcia made exclusively for their company in 2008. Limited to 100 boxes, they were nice enough to send me a few for review.
Cigar: Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic
Size: 7 x 39 (Lancero)
Wrapper: Habano Rosado
Appearance and Construction (20/20): A beautiful rosado wrapper adorns this classic looking lancero. The cigar has a small pigtailed triple cap. The wrapper is flawless with only the finest of veins barely visible to the eye. The cigar has some decent oils and a little bit of tooth. The roll is seamless and has a double band. The ban denotes the cigar is a Don Pepin Garcia cigar with colors of black red and gold. On the band is the American and Cuban flag. The secondary band denotes the cigar is part of the Cuban Classic line. This stick is the definition of a perfect looking lancero.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight draw offers some notes of wood and coffee. I decided to pair this cigar with some water and I am a firm believer that a beverage should join a cigar as it is vital to cleanse to palette during the smoke. Like most Don Pepin Garcia cigars there is a blast of pepper on the light, but it quickly fades and gives way to notes of smoked wood, and some coffee notes that are simply incredible. As we reach the second third of this full bodied lancero the wood notes really begin to take hold. Some pepper remains through the nose. As we approach the final third of the cigar it becomes creamy, with some faint earth notes in the background. The cigar surprisingly has a spicy finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): Like many lancero the cigar doesn’t burn perfectly straight in the beginning. But the cigar quickly corrects itself to a near perfect burn line. The ash on this lancero is the tightest and firmest on any lancero I have smoked and is a gorgeous light gray. The draw is a little loose, but produce nice volumes of smoke that you don’t normally get on a lancero. I had a lot of fun blowing smoke rings with this one!
Overall (23/25): Hands down the best lancero cigar I have ever smoked. The flavors are so rich and enhanced that I plan to get some more of these if I can find them. When I see my local Cigar Agency rep at my favorite cigar shop I will see if these can still be ordered. The cigar really set the mood for my day as I totally enjoyed this impressive cigar. It only loses points for being a limited production cigar that frustrates me as a cigar smoker.