It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a hot new Duran cigar. The Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero comes in one size – the Lancero, duh! – sitting at 7×40. It features an Ecuadorian Maduro Corojo wrapper with all Nicaraguan tobacco inside including some Ligero. It’s a gorgeous looking cigar with a straight pigtail cap. I’m a sucker for Lanceros, so I have high hopes for this new stick.
On the cold draw, I pick up a slight cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a rich leather and earth aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, my palate finds leather, dark chocolate, and subtle grass. Through the nose, spice explodes with black pepper, more dark chocolate, and leather. On the finish, a sweet mix of toast and cocoa comes through paired with black pepper and dark wood.
Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up meaty leather alongside some oregano and oily earth. Through the nose, spicy cinnamon charges through my sinuses topped off by brown sugar sweetness. The finish is bold with smoky cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third finishes at one hour. I find more leather on the draw with a nice toasty cocoa. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, smoky cocoa holds the charge complemented by nutmeg and salty almond. Strength and body continue to remain at medium-to-full.
One hour and forty minutes in, the final third sees its final puffs. More leather comes through on the draw with the introduction of spicy grass. On the retro-hale, I get more cinnamon with a nearly burnt toast flavor. Smoky notes are consistent on the finish with leather and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero is a fantastic blend that helps solidify the bright future for the Duran brand. It offers a bold and unique flavor profile that’s complex and balanced. Construction is perfect, and to top it off, it only costs $8. This is a must try, and I highly recommend it.