It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 262 Allegiance in the Lancero size. This 7×38 stick features a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. This is a new size for the Allegiance blend, and it fits in with the owner’s push for the Lancero.
The wrapper gives off a potent wood and barnyard aroma, and there is a chocolaty earth aroma coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me a grassy tobacco flavor. Once lit, there is some hay, graham cracker, and cedar on the draw. Through the nose, there is black pepper spice and leather. The finish gives me a leathery pepper zing.
Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to an end. On the draw, I pick up spicy wood with a mix of wheat and leather on top of a grassy note. The retro-hale gives me graham cracker with sweet vanilla and some black pepper. On the finish, I find some smoky leather with dry cocoa and a very floral dried fruit note. Strength settles in at the mild-to-medium mark, while the body is a steady medium.
The second third ends at one hour and ten minutes. This third has had a tough time staying lit. There is an oat and wheat combo on the draw with mild cedar and earth. Through the nose, I pick up spicy coffee with a floral perfume note. On the finish, there is black pepper and salty wood. Body and strength are now both at the medium mark.
After two hours, the final third comes to a close. The burn slows down quite a bit in this last third. The draw treats me to a caramel note with some wood and fruity spice. Through the nose, there is bold leather with more of that floral perfume note and some spice. On the finish, I find nutty pepper alongside earthy wood and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
Overall, I enjoyed the unique flavor of the Allegiance that I attribute to the Mata Fina wrapper. Aside from some burn issues in the second third, it performed well with good complexity and balance. I love the promotion of Lanceros from 262 as it seems the trend these days is to keep pushing for jawbreakers. This blend would go great with a cup of coffee, and I recommend giving it a try.