In May of this year, Maya Selva Cigars announced that they would be releasing a limited lancero in honor of their 20th anniversary. Maya Selva Cigars has only recently made a presence in the United States market, but for many years the company has been successful in Europe. This new lancero would be called Flor de Selva 20th Anniversary Lancero, and it would be a limited release addition to their original and flagship line, Flor de Selva. The cigar is only being offered to current Maya Selva accounts in the United States and internationally, and the total number of cigars for the United States is capped at 5,000. The cigar will be showcased and made available to order at the 2015 IPCPR later this week and coming weekend, but in continuing with my prerelease reviews, I thought it fitting to review before the trade show begins. Let's take a look at the new Flor de Selva 20th Anniversary Lancero.
Cigar: Flor de Selva 20th Anniversary Lancero
Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Ring Gauge: 38
Production: 5,000 cigars for the United States (500 boxes of ten)
The lancero features a silky wrapper and it is very smooth in texture showing minimal veins. The wrapper has a coloring that is very light, and it is a light Colorado to dark Natural. The cigar is rolled well, firm throughout, and it is finished with a solid cap on the end. There is an aroma of soft manure, tobacco, wood, and cocoa on the wrapper, and the foot is giving off an aroma of sweet spices, chocolate, chai, and this floral quality.
The cigar opens up by showing some great Asian spice notes and it is paired with a nice sharp mineral and floral flavor on top of that. There are some coffee notes present as well and it has a leather and creamy finish. It is a solid blend and it is really showing some Honduran tobacco qualities that I can get behind. I am finding that the flavor profile is around a medium level overall and the same goes for the body and strength of the cigar. In terms of construction the lancero is smoking perfectly and and it is showing an even burn line with a dark charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool, producing a great bit of smoke, and it has a pronounced finish.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and I am finding a nice change in the flavor profile. It is showing that herbal and floral flavor profile and it has a nice leather quality with that. The spice notes have faded completely, and it has a nice creamy and woody quality on the finish which I really can get behind. The cigar is smoking at a medium level in this third- flavors, body and strength, and it is a nice change of pace. The construction remains top notch in this third, just as it was in the first third, and it is producing a cool draw with a great bit of smoke. The burn line is razor sharp and on the end is a solid charcoal ash. The ash does not hold on for a great period of time, but that is really irrelevant.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that there is a nice change in the flavor profile again and this is a complex smoke that has transitioning and depth. I am picking up some solid nutty flavors, bits of peanut present, and it has a nice floral and herbal flavor with that. There are some earthy and woody qualities present as well, and it has a creamy and smooth finish. The construction remains top notch throughout the final third and it is showing an even burn line with that charcoal ash on the end. The cigar is producing a nice amount of smoke and the draw remains cool all the way to the nub. I would classify the final third as being medium overall, and that goes for the flavors, body and strength.
This is a really an enjoyable lancero and it is nice limited edition release that pays tribute to the Flor de Selva line. You really get that quality Honduran Habano wrapper flavor profile with the smoke, but it has some creamy and smooth qualities along with that which make for a complex blend. From start to finish the lancero is an easy smoke, and it is one that constantly shows a great bit of flavors. The construction is stellar throughout, and with each sample I was able to smoke it down to the nub and enjoy an easy and cool finish. If you were a fan of the Flor de Selva line before and loved what it had to offer, this will definitely be a smoke worth trying as it is something new but at the same time comforting and similar. For those waiting on them to release a lancero, you will not be disappointed, and I think you will find that it is a lancero that smokers of all levels could enjoy.While I probably would have gone with a different vitola to celebrate my 20th anniversary, they produced a solid cigar nonetheless and it will do well with the Maya Selva accounts that have customers who love the Flor de Selva line. Of the three samples I smoked, I can tell you that it is a cigar I would smoke back to back throughout a day, and it is a cigar that you could find yourself smoking through a box of fairly quickly. I would love to see how it ages, though I believe the banded samples I smoked were ready, and right now I am giving the cigar an 88 rating.
Cigars for this assessment were provided by Maya Selva Cigars