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borndead1 11:56 AM 01-20-2019
I've always liked lanceros, and it recently dawned on me that I rarely buy/smoke them. So I've been buying and smoking quite a few lanceros. So I'm gonna smoke a few lanceros today, and post short reviews in this thread.

First up is Crafted by Casa Fernandez (7.5" x 40). I had never heard of this line, but added a bundle of 10 to an order from Serious Cigars a while back. No exaggeration, these are probably the best cigar I've smoked so far this year, including CCs. Bold but smooth, good draw/burn, lots of subtle flavor changes, no harshness or ammonia flavor even at the nub. Halfway through my second one, I ordered 4 more bundles.
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markem 12:30 PM 01-20-2019
Lover lanceros. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews throughout the day.
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borndead1 12:36 PM 01-20-2019
La Palina Classic (7" x 38)

Nice looking cigar, medium brown wrapper, good construction and draw.

Fairly typical medium bodied Habano wrap flavors. Not a bad smoke but nothing mind-blowing. I won't buy any more.
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croatan 01:25 PM 01-20-2019
Originally Posted by markem:
Lover lanceros. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews throughout the day.
Same here. Also the only reason I need to go fire one up.
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Da Klugs 09:11 AM 01-21-2019
Wrong forum but right cigar size $ .20.... Do you think they burn longer than they should? John and I drove up to the shack to water the plants before picking up Tom at the airport. Smoked a couple 2001 Cohiba Lanceros which felt like tent pegs but smoked like a dream. Didn't smoke particularly slow or fast. Hour to the shack, hour and twenty to the airport. Finished the cigars as we pulled into the airport. 2:-)0 Lanceros? WTF
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borndead1 11:19 AM 01-21-2019
Originally Posted by Da Klugs:
Wrong forum but right cigar size $ .20.... Do you think they burn longer than they should? John and I drove up to the shack to water the plants before picking up Tom at the airport. Smoked a couple 2001 Cohiba Lanceros which felt like tent pegs but smoked like a dream. Didn't smoke particularly slow or fast. Hour to the shack, hour and twenty to the airport. Finished the cigars as we pulled into the airport. 2:-)0 Lanceros? WTF
I've never smoked a 2 hr lancero, but a 2 hr Cohiba lancero sounds amazing.
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borndead1 11:34 AM 01-21-2019
Alec Bradley Coyol Petite Lancero (6.5" x 41)

The size is more of a lonsdale, but oh well.

Nice looking, well-rolled cigar. Perfect draw. Woodsy in the nose with bit of "baking spice" on the finish. Mild side of medium "strength". A better cigar than the La Palina, but as was the case with the La Palina, nothing that makes me want to buy multiple boxes.
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borndead1 05:49 PM 01-21-2019
Rocky Patel Sungrown maduro lancero (7.5" x 38)

I stopped buying RP stuff a few years ago after too many bad experiences (poor construction, inconsistent blends). But I took a gamble that the smaller production lines might have fewer quality issues and grabbed a couple of singles.

Nice looking wrapper with a distinct floral scent. Heavy in the hand, draw is a little tight but not too bad.

The floral flavor stays present throughout most of the cigar, with a nice tangy flavor on the finish at first, then a cocoa flavor after the halfway point. Slow burn with only a couple of minor corrections. A nice smoke. Impressive, even. I may have to rethink my Rocky boycott and snag a box of these.
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icehog3 08:45 AM 01-22-2019
Cool thread, Mark. I'd say probably half the NCs I smoke are lanceros, just taste the best to me for many Nics and DRs.
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mosesbotbol 10:20 AM 01-22-2019
Lancero's need to be smoked on the slower side or they get way too hot and acrid tasting. Not an easy to feat for me to smoke anything slow !
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borndead1 08:27 PM 01-22-2019
My Father #4 lancero (7.5" x 38)

Nice looking wrapper with a faint floral aroma similar to the RP Sun Grown. Heavy in the hand, good construction and perfect draw.

Honestly, this one was a bit disappointing. I like most DPG cigars, but this one has an "off" flavor on the finish that I just don't care for. I thought it might be a fluke, so I unwrapped one from the cello and let it sit for a few weeks. Same thing. A weird, unpleasant flavor on the finish.
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Fig_Nasty 07:34 PM 01-23-2019
Had my first Lancero about two weeks ago. It was a Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Thorn I received from the Privada Cigar Club. I took my time smoking it and found it very flavorful with an awesome draw. Really enjoyed it and waiting to smoke a few more I have sitting in my box, An Olive Serie V and a Tatuaje Lancero. Just subscribed and looking forward to more reviews. Thanks Mark
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Subvet642 01:58 AM 01-24-2019
Originally Posted by borndead1:
Rocky Patel Sungrown maduro lancero (7.5" x 38)

I stopped buying RP stuff a few years ago after too many bad experiences (poor construction, inconsistent blends). But I took a gamble that the smaller production lines might have fewer quality issues and grabbed a couple of singles.

Nice looking wrapper with a distinct floral scent. Heavy in the hand, draw is a little tight but not too bad.

The floral flavor stays present throughout most of the cigar, with a nice tangy flavor on the finish at first, then a cocoa flavor after the halfway point. Slow burn with only a couple of minor corrections. A nice smoke. Impressive, even. I may have to rethink my Rocky boycott and snag a box of these.
I may have to look for some of these; they sound like they're right up my alley. :-)
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borndead1 01:11 PM 01-26-2019
Torano Virtuoso lancero (7.5" x 38)

I used to smoke Toranos fairly often back in the day. Then, over the years they sort of became a CI/Cbid bargain brand and I lost interest.

I haven't missed anything. Poorly constructed, lumpy, rolled so tight that the PerfecDraw won't even help. I pulled another one out of the 5-pack and it was the draw was a little better, but even worse construction. Tried to smoke it and gave up. Checked the remaining 3 and tossed them.


Junk.
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kelmac07 01:27 PM 01-26-2019
Originally Posted by borndead1:
Torano Virtuoso lancero (7.5" x 38)

I used to smoke Toranos fairly often back in the day. Then, over the years they sort of became a CI/Cbid bargain brand and I lost interest.

I haven't missed anything. Poorly constructed, lumpy, rolled so tight that the PerfecDraw won't even help. I pulled another one out of the 5-pack and it was the draw was a little better, but even worse construction. Tried to smoke it and gave up. Checked the remaining 3 and tossed them.


Junk.
Mark...I'm right there with you on Carlos Torano sticks. About seven to eight years ago I smoked a ton of Torano stuff, and LOVED it. Everything lately has been complete garbage. :-)
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borndead1 07:22 PM 01-26-2019
Originally Posted by kelmac07:
Mark...I'm right there with you on Carlos Torano sticks. About seven to eight years ago I smoked a ton of Torano stuff, and LOVED it. Everything lately has been complete garbage. :-)
The Torano Tribute were some of the best cigars I've ever smoked. I even used to smoke the original Dominico bundles, the ones with the skinny plain black band. I tried the new CI version and they were awful. Casa Torano were one of my favorite mild CT wrap cigars until I "scored" a few 5-packs for under $10 on CBid. That was the end for me. The blend was still decent but the construction was terrible.
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kelmac07 08:39 PM 01-26-2019
Originally Posted by borndead1:
The Torano Tribute were some of the best cigars I've ever smoked. I even used to smoke the original Dominico bundles, the ones with the skinny plain black band. I tried the new CI version and they were awful. Casa Torano were one of my favorite mild CT wrap cigars until I "scored" a few 5-packs for under $10 on CBid. That was the end for me. The blend was still decent but the construction was terrible.
My favorites were the Torano Reserva Maduros that came in the glass tubes. They've since stopped making these and are almost impossible to find.
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borndead1 10:09 PM 01-26-2019
Smoking another Crafted By Casa Fernandez lancero now. These cigars are really great. I've already blown through my cigar budget for the month, but Serious has these for $44 for a bundle of 10 through Jan 31. There are 4 sizes, but I have only tried the lanceros. Try 'em.
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borndead1 10:23 PM 01-26-2019
Originally Posted by kelmac07:
My favorites were the Torano Reserva Maduros that came in the glass tubes. They've since stopped making these and are almost impossible to find.
I never tried those! But I was a huge fan of the Casa Torano tubos. They were a lonsdale-ish size and were amazing. Those and the Tribute were my favorites.
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oldforge 12:59 PM 01-28-2019
Thanks for your reviews.

I just placed an order with the Serious folks.

Cigarpage had some Nicaraguan Overrun lanceros (maduro and habano) that were excellent--unfortunately they sold out quickly. Perhaps a prayer to the cigar gods will bring us some more...



Originally Posted by borndead1:
Smoking another Crafted By Casa Fernandez lancero now. These cigars are really great. I've already blown through my cigar budget for the month, but Serious has these for $44 for a bundle of 10 through Jan 31. There are 4 sizes, but I have only tried the lanceros. Try 'em.

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