As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I unveil #10 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #9.
#10 Jameson Santos de Miami Lancero
A blend inspired by the spirit of Miami, particularly Calle Ocho (as is evident by the Miami Dolphins-inspired color scheme and the Art Deco branding that was once so prevalent in Miami), the Santos de Miami is a Dominican puro with a Havana Corojo wrapper, Criollo '98 binder, and Corojo and Criollo fillers. The Santos de Miami Lancero is presented in a box press and finished with a pig tail cap.
Jameson Cigars unveiled the Lancero extension of the Santos de Miami line at IPCPR 2013. There, Brad Mayo stated that the company was a bit worried with how the blend would translate to the Lancero vitola, but the cigar turned out fantastic and the company is extremely excited about them. Mayo indicated that only a few hundred boxes of the Lancero would be produced a year presumably due to the difficulty in properly creating the lancero vitola for the company's rolleros and buncheros.
"The Santos de Miami has a very intriguing aroma. I couldn't place anything exact, but the cold draw was a slightly sweet cedar note. With a very tasty 'aged' component, that may have been what I was getting off the foot."
"The Santos de Miami started off smooth and very tasty. I'm not completely sure if the profile shifted that quickly or if it just took me that long to place it, but I was getting a salty, citrusy flavor. The retrohale had a nice little sting, that was surprising, but welcome."
"The second third starts out with the same salty, citrus that was the main note in the first third. Except, a smokey wood note starts to push it's way to the forefront."
"In the final third the citrus notes all but disappear, leaving the saltiness and smoke tones."
"For the duration of the Santos de Miami, the smoke production has been nice and thick, and surprisingly large in quantity, given such a small ring gauge. The ash remained tight and the burn straight, with no need for touchups. The ash held for about 3/4" - 1", which seemed normal for such a small amount of surface area."
"The Jameson Cigar Co. Santos de Miami is a little cigar, that will take you on a undulating journey of smoking bliss. I absolutely loved this cigar."