Lancero Fino, 7” x 38 ring gauge / $?, Burns Tobacconist
A couple months ago, while in Nicaragua for Drew Estate’s Cigar Safari trip, I was privileged to get a couple pre-release samples of a new vitola of CyB. Jose Blanco showed up to dinner on Thursday night with a bundle of Lancero Finos and told us to “Enjoy!” I smoked two or three on the trip (there was more than one bundle that found its way to our group) and I think I brought home one as well. Simply put...I really enjoyed this size of this blend. So, maybe I’ve ruined the story, but I will persevere anyway. Maybe I’ll just make this a shorter review...after all, if you wish to see a longer look, you can read mine or Keith’s...we reviewed two of the other sizes last year. Just a short review: Jose Blanco led the blending on this cigar shortly after he was hired by Joya de Nicaragua as Vice President. It uses filler from two regions of Nicaragua as well as Peru, a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. This particular vitola is available only to TAA retail stores; luckily, the owner of my local shop, Burns Tobacconist, is President of that organization, so getting them was a no-brainer for me.
After lighting the flavors swapped mostly, with cedar right out in front. Earthiness was close behind, along with a strong red pepper spice on the nose. The orange sweetness was there, but very subtle. Another observation: it’s got to be difficult to make true 38 ring gauge Lanceros that consistently draw well. So far, Joya de Nicaragua seems to be up to that task better than most. The CyB Lancero started off medium in body, but quickly ramped up to medium-to-full, which is already fuller than the other vitolas I’ve smoked turned out to be. Let this be a lesson for those who thing big ring gauge means stronger cigars...usually, the smaller ring gauge sticks will have more body and more strength. Big ring gauge may often have a higher nicotine content, but that’s really just a function of the amount of tobacco contained in them.