Casa Magna Colorado Lancero – Cigar Review

The Casa Magna Colorado Lancero has begun to hit retailers shelves. Unlike traditional lancero cigars the Casa Magna is 3/4 of an inch longer, with a 40 ring gauge instead of 38. According to Manuel Quasada, “In the late 70s thin cigars sold. We sold thousands of them every month. Then all of a sudden, they died.” Last year, the cigar was offered as part of the Emperador Collector’s Box which contained four sizes. The box sets are believed to have sold out from the retailers who had them.

Casa Magna Colorado Lanceros will have a suggested retail price of $12.95 per cigar, and will be packed in boxes of 7 cigars. Why seven? “They look beautiful,” said Quesada, “and it’s a good sale unit.” Seven cigars at that price keeps the total box below $100. Before local tobacco taxes, that is.

Cigar: Casa Magna Colorado Lancero
Size: 8.25 x 40
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Casa Magna Colorado Lancero

Casa Magna Colorado Lancero

Appearance and Construction: Looking at this cigar, I said damn this is pretty big for a lancero. Sure enough, it comes in .75″ longer then most of this vitola. The stick features a closed foot, and a pig tail cap. This oily wrapper has one vein on it stands out which branches out to some thinner veins. Also present are magnesium pimples which for me is usually a sign of good things to come. What are magnesium pimples you ask? If you look close on some cigars there are tiny bumps reminiscent of braille on the wrapper, these are created from magnesium which is present in the best soils. The stick is extremely light in the hand, and has some tooth to it. Upon close inspection there are no soft spots and the cigar is rolled to perfection.

Flavor & Notes: When I first heard about the lancero from Casa Magna I began to look forward to it and now the time of judgment was upon us. The wrapper of the cigar had a delicious mocha/chocolate to the nose. I got lost in the moment before I took my Xikar scissors to the cap. Once clipped the pre-light draw was a bit earthy. Once the cigar is lit the initial notes are that of some leather and a sweetness that lingers in the background. As we continue down the first third the cigar picks up notes of charred wood, much like something cooked on a wood burning grill, leather and spice. There is some sweetness on this finish, reminiscent of caramel as well. The second third had continued notes of leather and spices with some coffee undertones. The notes were subtle, perhaps suggesting the cigar was still a little young. As we enter the final third the develops into an occasional wisp of cinnamon with  notes of leather and toffee on the finish.

Smoking Characteristics: The burn characteristics of a lancero can be hit or miss. This one is definitely a hit. I never needed to relight the cigar and the burn line was razor sharp. The ash, which is medium/dark in color holds on typically for a a lancero with no flake. The draw was ideal and I was surprised at how much smoke this cigar produced in both the resting and smoking positions. The aroma of the cigar was rich and reminded me of chocolate. Melted chocolate like on a hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. Mmmmm, cookies!

Conclusion: The rating is an 89, but I think that is because the cigar is still a little young. Give these 6 months and I believe you will have a 91 or better cigar on your hands. The price though, that is an issue. $12.95 as the MSRP would make this $17.80 in NYC which would make these a little bit too expensive for a regular smoke, but they are worthy of a purchase none the less. 

Rating: 89
Price: $12.95 (Call Uptown Cigar  & Mention and receive 15% off a box purchase of this cigar)

Disclaimer: This cigar was gifted to me. Why do I share this information? Bloggers are required by law to denote whether or not a product was the result of a gift. Failure to do so is in violation of FTC requirements.

[Some info via Cigar Aficionado]