If you are like me, you started off smoking Connecticut cigars because they where smoother and not as abrasive on your palate. But like the majority of novice cigar smokers, your palate developed and you found yourself wanting more out of a cigar and moved on to medium/full-bodied options. For many years after I made that transition I never really looked at a Connecticut shade cigar. That’s not to say I did not buy and enjoy a few, I just preferred Habanos. That is, until I a came across a great Connecticut cigar…
If you visit the Nomad Cigars website, or have seen brand owner Fred Rewey on any live cigar show lately, he will not hesitate to say that blending this Connecticut was a tedious process. But boy does it deliver…
- Vitola: 7×38 Lancero
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
- Filler: Dominican Republic and Honduras
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
The lancero vitola features a pigtail cap, and the Connecticut wrapper is a nice light caramel color with some noticeable veins, but the seems are clean. A marshmallow sweet scent comes off the wrapper.
With the pigtail clipped, the pre-light draw greets you with a pleasing semi-sweet hay note. Once the cigar is lit, you will immediately notice that this Connecticut starts off as a mild-plus in strength. The first third leads off with a great combo of sweet hay and woody notes and it is later complimented by caramel and red pepper undertones. Throughout much of this third, there is a distant creaminess on the perimeter of the flavor profile. One thing I noticed while smoking the Lancero was that it did not put out lots of smoke when you put it down, but when you did pull on the cigar and then exhaled, the smoke left a pleasant woody aroma in the air.
Retro: Wood and Spice.
The distant creamy note in the first third paves the way for a really tasty marshmallow flavor and it is paired with a woody note that has clearly defined itself as oak. Caramel has taken a step back in the flavor profile and I detect a slight earthiness on the peripheral. In the middle of this third, the flavor profile transitioned a bit and a sweet natural tobacco flavor begins to dominate my palate with a subtle anise note. The marshmallow and oak wood notes at this point have married and turned into a “charred marshmallow” flavor that makes you wish you had some graham crackers and a piece of chocolate to make a s’more!
Retro: Mineral, mild floral and Spice
This third really surprised me when it started off with a noticeable mineral note that was accompanied by the return of softer caramel and the introduction of new floral and anise notes. When you exhale, oak flavors linger on the palate with a subtle sweetness. Towards the end of this third, pepper returns with a blast and leaves a warm tingle at the back of my throat and roof of my mouth, like a great bourbon! As you dive into this third, you will notice that the strength of this cigar leaves you at the doorstep of medium bodied but never takes you through the threshold.
Retro: Red Pepper, Burnt Sugar, Mineral, and Charred Oak.
- Incredible construction
- Surprisingly full flavors (for a Connecticut)
- Good complexity
- Hard to find
- Could use a bigger smoke output