Of course while I say that, there are several manufacturers who are changing the playing field with Connecticut Shade wrappers, and are doing so with unique vitolas and strengthening the blends that are used with them. We have seen this with My Father Cigars, E.P. Carrillo, Gran Habano and Rocky Patel, and I believe we will be seeing more and more as well. Those four companies have made a cigar with that wrapper that is not your everyday Connecticut, and is a Connecticut aimed for the smokers who don’t often smoke Connecticut Shade wrappers. Well, there is a new player in this field and it comes with a boutique company out of Nicaragua and a company I recently reviewed, Lou Rodriguez Cigars.
The cigar line begins with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, and has a Nicaraguan binder with Nicaraguan proprietary filler tobacco. The line is available in five vitolas, all of which are fairly traditional in their dimensions. For this review I chose the Lancero vitola which measures 7” with a 42 ring gauge. Like all great lanceros, it features a wonderful pigtail cap and is wonderful in hand. The wrapper is like most Connecticut wrappers in the fact that it is silky to touch and there are few veins present. The wrapper is fairly light under some lights and shows some light golden hay coloring, definitely Claro. The cigar has a lovely aroma at the foot and it is showing some soft spices, hay, cedar, honey and a raisin quality. Well, let’s quit talking about it and smoke it!
Entering the second third of the cigar I am getting a continuation of the enjoyable flavors from the first third. There is a nice nutty, toasty, hay and cedar flavor profile up front and it has a subtle hint of light spices with that. The cigar has a definite creamy finish to it, and there is this sweetness in with the cream that is very enjoyable. The cigar is still performing wonderfully; leaving that solid light gray ash with a razor sharp burn line. It is smoking very cool which is what you want in any cigar, especially a Lancero, and it is leaving my palate with tons of flavors after each draw. This would be a great cigar for those cigar enthusiasts who like something softer in the morning, or for those who prefer flavorful and lighter cigars.
I have really been digging Lanceros lately, and this is probably in the top three that I have had this year. There aren’t many Lanceros on the market with a Connecticut wrapper, and I can guess many reasons for that, but this cigar was blended so wonderfully that as a smoker you could pick up those flavor deliveries from the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper while also tasting the pronounced flavors from the Nicaraguan filler tobacco. In some ways you can say it is along the lines of the E.P. Carrillo Short Run New Wave Connecticut because it has that creamy and wood aspect from the wrapper, but has much more as well from the filler tobacco. It is not rich, but very complex and satisfying delivering lovely flavors and a solid medium body throughout. I will say that this is a definite cigar you should try as a smoker at least once because I believe it will really surprise you. I personally loved it, and after smoking it I did not want anything else. I give this smoke 94 points; it was an incredibly well blended Connecticut Lancero.