It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero. This 7.5×38 stick features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper with all Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves. The Lancero is a new limited size for this blend which may increase in production depending on demand. It retails for $10.99 and comes in boxes of ten.
On the cold draw, I pick up damp cedar. The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma, and I smell fruity earth out of the foot. Once lit, I get earthy white pepper alongside nutty coffee on the draw. Through the nose, there is a caramel-like earth flavor. The finish also sees earth with toast and sweet leather.
The first third comes to a close at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up toast with coffee and earth. Through the nose, black pepper blends with coffee. The finish offers sweet leather with additional coffee. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
One hour in, the second third closes out. I continue to pick up coffee on the draw with a delicious sweet toast. On the retro-hale, I’m treated to a distinct walnut and cinnamon combo. The finish gives me smoky cedar with black licorice and bitter cocoa. Strength and body stay the same.
The final third ends at an hour and a half. Burnt coffee and black pepper melt with rich earth on the draw. There is more walnut through the nose with the return of coffee. The finish gives me more smoky cedar with black pepper and lemon zest. Strength and body jump slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
The Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero is an excellent cigar. It offers a deep level of complexity with flavors that keep you puffing away. Construction is perfect, and it’s simply an enjoyable smoke. This is a cigar I highly recommend.