Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Herrera Esteli Lancero – Edicion Limitada 2014

So far this year I've smoked so many exceptional cigars that it's hard to keep track of them all and last night I smoked another great, the Herrera Esteli Lancero -  Edicon Limitada 2014. This cigar can be summed up with just a few words; it was a smooth, creamy and complex flavor bomb! This new Herrera Estelí lancero vitola is a limited run of 2000, flat 15 count boxes with a $180.00 MSRP. let's get on to the cigar and see what I found...

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 7  x 38 Lancero
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Honduran
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Price: $12.00 sample provided by Drew Estate

Herrera Esteli Lancero – Edicion Limitada 2014
Spectacular! That is the only word that describes the construction of this Herrera Esteli Lancero. The wrapper was rolled on smooth and tight with nary a seam showing, there was a bit of tooth and only the finest of veins were present. Feeling down the length of the cigar, there were no hard or soft patches to be found, it was packed just right. Testing the aromas from the foot there were notes of sweet tea, caramel and rich tobacco to the nose. I could only hope that these flavors were present once it was burning. I clipped the cap and found the cold draw to be free with a sweet and spicy flavor mix that lingered in my mouth.

With great anticipation I toasted the foot and lit the cigar. The first creamy mouthfuls of mild bodied smoke contained nearly the same flavors found from the cold foot, rich tobacco, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of oak. As the cigar burned on there were several other flavors that came, went and came back again. I could taste nuances of nuts, anise, sweet cream, sugar, toasted marshmallows, coffee, a dash of pepper and even a hint of hay. I thought the flavor mix was, for lack of a better word, delicious. I did test the flavors with a retro hale and was surprised to find it too was mild, smooth and creamy with notes of raisins.

There are a few other details that should be shared, but with this cigar it's all about the flavors! As you know I am a fairly fast smoker, but this cigar provided me with 65 minutes of smoking pleasure. The burn line was crisp and razor sharp the entire length, plus the cigar never overheated on me. I mentioned earlier that the cigar started in the mild body range, however it finished in the medium body range. 

Overall, you can't get much better than this Herrera Esteli Lancero. It had fantastic construction and an over-the-top flavor mix. If you get the chance to try this cigar, do not pass it up!

Rated 94

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