Cigar Review: Davidoff Millenium Lancero

Today’s review comes from @steven89 who has been reading this site for quite some time and we have become friends with via twitter. Steven, as I recover from my upper respitory illness I thank you for offering this excellent reveiw, so without futher adieu here we go;

About a month ago, I took a trip to Cigar Inn after hearing that Barry, as well as Jerry from StogieReview.com, were going to be smoking with a couple of other guys. I hustled my way into the city, and had a cigar or two with the guys. Along came Michael Herklots, the General Manager of New York City’s Davidoff Geneva. I took the liberty of siting back and just listening to men who were much more knowledgeable than I talk cigars and when Barry mentioned that what I was listening to was an education of the cigar world, the smirk on my face in reply told him that I agreed. Herklots brought along some samples Davidoff Millennium Blend Lanceros and left about an hour and a half later, after receiving a phone call. To my surprise I was given a couple and Barry asked me to do a review. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The Davidoff Millennium Blend, in its Lancero vitola, is produced in limited quantities. As stated in the slip acquired with the five pack, it is made from the finest aged tobaccos with a rare sun-grown wrapper. Thus creates the smooth, creamy and aromatic full-bodied cigar.

Cigar: Davidoff Millenium Blend Lancero
Size: 7 1/4 x 40
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Hybrid
Binder: Dominican Seco
Filler: Dominican Lingero & Seco
Strength: Medium/Full
Twitter: @michaelherklots

Pre-light
The aroma off the cigar is very earthy with a slight hint of spiciness off the foot. The construction is absolutely perfect to the naked eye; there are no flaws, no veins protruding, and the cigar is consistently smooth to the touch with a slightly toothy texture. After the cut of the pig-tail cap, the pre-light draw produces an earthy taste that is slightly spicy on the retrohale. I tasted a hint of spiciness on my lips after the pre-light draw, as well.

First Third
After the light, the first puffs are seemingly spicy, and I can sense a high nicotine content. The lovely aroma of rich tobacco and nuttiness drift off the foot, leaving the nose with an urge for another whiff. After about a half-inch in, the cigar became pleasantly sweet and nutty, and the aroma off of the foot became purely nutty. At about three-quarters of an inch in, the cigar’s ash dropped, and while I couldn’t understand why such was the case because the ash looked magnificently white and strong, I could only attribute it to the humidity level in my humidor being somewhat high. The cigar burned rather quickly after the ash dropped, and it is likely due to the vitola of the cigar having a small ring gauge. As I reached two-inches into the cigar, I noticed the cigar’s smoke becoming increasingly creamy, and the plumes of smoke I was drawing off the cigar were beyond my expectations. While puffing and pondering over the clouds of smoke, I noticed the cigar’s draw was absolutely amazing. This is the way every cigar should smoke! As I neared the end of the first third the burn line did not stay consistent, and even after attempting to even it out I was back to a wavy burn line another two to three puffs in. At this point, i was picking up sporadic puffs of sweetness and then other puffs of strong, but rather pleasant, spiciness.

Second Third
The second third of this cigar began on a rather consistently spicy note. While creamy, I definitely tasted an overwhelmingly flavor that developed into what I could only describe as an earthy texture with spicy undertones. The construction of the cigar began to turn into what I had expected: the burn line evened, the ash was strong and white, and the draw, again, was fantastic. The aroma off the foot was earthy, and the retrohale left me with a spicy feeling, wondering why I had done it in the first place. Immediately after the retrohale the nicotine began to hit me, and it made me realize that a slightly sweet, sugary drink should be paired with this smoke. Maybe not one that would overpower the taste of the cigar but simply one that would help enhance the flavors while keeping the smoker unconcerned about the nicotine content. The smoke volume wavered throughout the second third, producing some heavy puffs and others not so much. The spiciness left and an overwhelmingly earthy flavor began to calm my palate as I ended the second third.

Final Third
During the final third, the earthy flavor that I was experiencing turned into an undertone, and the persistent flavor was one of sweet nuttiness that I really enjoyed. The draw, again, was perfect, and the smoke volume was high again. The aroma off the foot was nutty and sweet, and while smoking I was approached by someone who admitted to being a non-smoker who didn’t like smoking but felt the need to comment that my cigar smelled really good. The ash dropped three-quarters of the way into the final third during both of the cigars, even though I think it was my own fault for not puffing as often on the cigar as I was before. The final third ended with a nutty flavor that did not seem spicy, but was just a touch spicy on the retrohale. I got a lovely creamy flavor on every draw of the final third, which left me craving for more.

The Davidoff Millennium Blend Lancero was a great cigar, one that I enjoyed having the privilege of smoking and reviewing for ACigarSmoker.com. It is a cigar that I would recommend to any daily smoker who has the money to afford purchasing one, and a cigar that I will definitely make an attempt to acquire in the future when I can.