A lot of people, myself included, have been looking forward to the release of the CyB Lancero from Joya de Nicaragua cigars. The wait is almost over! The CyB Lancero is set to ship and hit retailer’s shelves later this month. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few samples while down in Nicaragua on a recent Cigar Safari trip. On the final night of the trip, Jose Blanco brought some out for the group to smoke and review.

Over the last six months or so, I have found myself seeking out lanceros. As I continue in my journey through the world of cigars and gain experience, I have come to realize that smaller ring gauges are for me. Every time I see Jose Blanco at an event, we always end up talking about the phenomenon of the big ring gauge. Obviously, some people love them, but I tend to gravitate to a RG of 52 or smaller. A lot can go wrong when you’re rolling a lancero though, so finding a good one can sometimes be a chore.

CyB Lancero

Size: 7×38

Vitola: Lancero

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican Republic Piloto Cubano

Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli and Peruvian Ometepe

*Samples for review were provided by Joya de Nicaragua Cigars

Pre-Light: The CyB Lancero is a good looking, well made cigar. The 38 ring gauge can prove difficult to some rollers and the draw can suffer. This was not the case with the CyB. The wrapper had a golden, caramel color and was smooth and perfectly applied. The cap application was clean and the pig tail was a nice touch. I’m a sucker for little touches like that.

I clipped the cap with my Xikar VX V-Cutter and found a smooth draw. The wrapper gave off a leathery note with a mild spice and warm, earthy notes. I gave the foot a sniff (without shoving it up my nose) and picked up notes of sweet milk chocolate...

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