Lancero / $8.40, Burns
When the "New Blend" of La Aroma de Cuba came out earlier this year, I tried it and liked it. When the Marquis was offered at events only, I was disappointed that the smallest ring-gauge available in their regular releases was still a 52-ring Monarch. So when I saw this new lancero recently, I knew I had to give it a puff. Like all New Blend La Aromas, this has Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that is dark, oily, and chocolatey--the very essence of "maduro." Prelight draw was free, showing none of the tightness that frequently plagues this vitola. The taste was sweet chocolate with some earth and coffee.
Initial puffs had more of the earth and dark roast coffee bitterness than anything else. Before long some dark, dark chocolate goodness arrived to the flavor party, bringing just a touch of sweetness and I started to get some cayenne pepper spice on my tongue. The spice built rapidly, as if to remind me of the fact that Don Pepin Garcia blended this cigar, but it was nicely balanced by the other flavors.
As the smoke progressed, the spice abated just a bit and more sweetness became apparent. Construction was top-notch with no draw or burn issues. This lancero vitola of the La Aroma de Cuba was a delightful smoke--different than what I had expected, but simply amazing in the end. These will end up in my humidor frequently alongside the growing number of lanceros and coronas I have recently found that are just great smoking experiences.
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