I always write my introduction last, and unfortunately I waited in writing this till after the Cubs vs. Mets game last night. Unfortunately, I am a Cubs fan so I am at a loss of words today. With that said, let's get to the review of the Señorial Lancero.
Cigar: Señorial Lancero
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera Palma
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan - Esteli Criollo '98
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Corojo
Ring Gauge: 38
The lancero is firm throughout is finished with a nice pigtail cap. The wrapper is applied well and it is a wrapper with small veins and a minor bit of tooth. It has a nice Colorado coloring to it, and there is a marbled color overall. The foot of the cigar is giving off an aroma of spices and fruit bread, while the wrapper is delivering an earthy, spicy and woody aroma.
The first third opens up with an explosion of flavors and it delivers strong black pepper and spice notes. There is a nice sour fruit quality present with the cigar as well and it has a nice leather and tobacco flavor present on the finish. It has a nice complexity level and it is showing some great flavors that come with La Canela tobacco. I would say that the cigar is smoking around a medium-full level for body and flavors, and the strength is near full. The construction thus far has been top notch and it is producing an even burn line overall. It is not razor sharp, but in no way wavy. The draw is cool and on the end is a firm charcoal colored ash.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find that there are some additions to the flavor profile and while it continues to show that strong black pepper and spice flavor profile, there is an addition of vegetal and mushroom like qualities. It still has that finish of leather and tobacco, and it is a great smoke. There is so much to the lancero and it has a nice full flavor profile. The body and strength are smoking at a medium-full level in my opinion and this is a cigar that has depth and complexity. The construction in this third is spot on and it is producing a razor sharp burn line. The draw is cool and with that is lovely charcoal ash on the end.
I am in the final third now and finding that it is delivering a woody, tobacco and spicy finish. It still has a great bit of pepper to it, and it it balanced out with the leather and strong tobacco notes. There is a touch of citrus present, some espresso as well, but overall it finishes by showing a nice bit of spices and black pepper. It remains at at medium-full to full level for flavors, body and strength, and this is a well blended lancero. It has depth and complexity, and delivers what a good lancero should deliver. The draw remains cool to the end and it is giving off a nice bit of smoke. The burn line is razor sharp and the ash is holding on firmly to the ed, showing that nice charcoal color.
I have always enjoyed the Señorial line and found that it has uniqueness throughout. All five of the original released sizes have something which is special to that size and that is why it is great to hear what individuals think of the line. Whenever I talk about the line, I always find that the person I am talking to enjoys a different vitola than what I prefer. With the addition of the lancero, there is a new flavor profile that is delivered with the line. While it is closest in flavor profile to the Corona Gorda No. 5, it has its own uniqueness and is much spicier and peppery. There are times where it shows some traits of the Paco Robusto and Belicoso No. 2, but overall it is something new and enjoyable. As a lancero, it smokes great and delivers a cool draw with perfect construction throughout. It is a medium-full to full cigar for body, strength and flavors, and it is a cigar for a seasoned smoker. If you are a lover of lanceros, this is definitely a cigar you must try. If not the best vitola, it is one of the top three vitolas in the Señorial line. I give this cigar a solid 91 rating and will definitely be revisiting these down the road while aging some as well.
Rating: 91 AKA "Box Split"