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Cohiba Lanceros Cigar - Box of 25

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Description Ref # CO0300

Length: 7 1/2" 
Ring Gauge: 38 
Strength: Medium to Full
Packaging:
 Box of 25 Cigars 

Vitola: Lancero
Smoking Time: 1 hour
Other Cigars in this Vitola: Montecristo Especial

Cohiba is the flagship brand of Habanos. 

It was created in 1966 for President Fidel Castro himself and was made at the then top secret, but now world famous, El LLaguito factory. At first, it was only seen outside Cuba as gifts for heads of state and visiting diplomats. 

Since 1982 Cohiba has been available in limited quantities to the open market. 

The name is an ancient Taino Indian word for the bunches of tobacco leaves that Columbus first saw being smoked by the original inhabitants of Cuba - the earliest known form of a Habano. 

The leaves for Cohiba are the "selection of selection" from the 5 finest Vegas de Primera in San Juan y Martinez and San Luis districts of the Vuelta Abajo zone. 

Uniquely amongst Habanos up to three of Cohiba's filler leaves , the seco, ligero and the rare medio tiempo, undergo an additional fermentation in barrels. This unique process produces a special aroma and flavour you will only find in Cohiba. 

Tasting Notes

Rich in that famous Cohiba spice throughout. Excellent draw and excellent combustion. Its a champion to be enjoyed with a nice glass of single malt or cognac.

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89 / 100

"...A beautiful panetela adorned with a pigtail cap. Though the draw is quite firm, the cigar burns evenly, offering floral and woody notes with touches of almonds and vanilla. The finish is sweet..."

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by Austin on Thursday 21 March, 2019
Ive just had a very interesting experience with one of these that Ive had in the humidor for 10 years, and felt it was worth sharing. I bought these a decade ago in a pack of 5 from Geneva (not from C.Gars) dated 2001 (notoriously a very bad year on the whole for Havanas), and indeed found them to be from one of those early 2000s batches that were very tight, overly strong in the blend and slightly bitter. The wrappers were dark and very oily - which some older Cohibas did indeed have, usually on these oddly strong and bitter blends. FOHtv did a review of some Siglo 2s that had this very problem. They were not counterfeits - just badly blended and constructed as many batches were back then - there were still distinct Cohiba flavours. Its purely guesswork on my part but I think these infamous old strong batches of Cohibas were possibly just from tobacco harvests that were rushed into production and not properly fermented and aged before rolling, so they never got the chance to mellow out. Also the wrappers were a little darker and of inferior quality. The previous ones from these 5 that I have tried over the years have been too strong and unrefined so I left the last 2 and forgot about them until now. I figured 18 years of age is quite enough and they cant really mellow out much more so I gave one a go this evening. It had mellowed a lot and was actually quite enjoyable but for being too tight. I cut it down by 2 inches from the cap end to get rid of an obvious twist I could feel in it and the draw opened a little, but still it had a slight bitterness and wasnt producing enough smoke for my liking. After smoking an inch of it I decided to just let it go and experiment and just carefully removed the entire dark wrapper leaf. Wow. SUDDENLY it opened up enormously producing huge plumes of smoke and had lost that bitterness which was largely from the wrapper (and tight drawing). The flavour profile was now suddenly very much Cohiba with that dry grass, cream and citrus and some lovely biscuity notes and a light exotic spice and Cuban earthiness. It now looked extremely rustic and ugly with the exposed binder leaf but it still burned perfectly. Not the best Cohiba Lancero Ive had but still extremely good. I felt I had to share this because if any of you find yourselves smoking a tight cigar that youre going to bin, take the wrapper leaf off. It will allow the bunch to open out and massively improve the draw. If the wrapper leaf is poor quality it will remove some of the bitterness also. This particular cigar would not have even got a review from me (I dont consider duds from the early 0s to be worth reviewing) had I not tried this and had such a revelation and change to the smoke. Had I had this quality of smoke from it normally it would have got 5/5 (probably around a 94 to 95/100), but I enjoyed it so much after removing the wrapper that it had to be 4/5. Ultimately no good cigar should require operating on at all and that alone should warrant a very low score indeed, but this is kind of a special mention. Never in all my years of smoking cigars have I had such a massively dramatic change from garbage to a wonderful, delicious cigar. As a very last resort I highly recommend trying this on a very tight cigar that you simply arent enjoying, as you might find it radically changes it into a wonderful smoke.
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by James on Wednesday 14 February, 2018
I agree with previous criticism of the Lanceros. I bought five well aged examples, gave them a few months in the humidor, then tried one. I like it and ... nothing happened. The foot burned fine, but no appreciable smoke in the mouth. So, I tried a second: same result. Frustrated, I broke the rest in half and binned them. There are so many excellent vitolas made by Cohiba, I wonder why they persist wth this one. It stands to reason that a long, slim cigar should be perfectly constructed, as a little smoke has to travel a long way to the head. Until these construction issues are addressed by the factory, I won't buy them again.
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by JOHN on Friday 27 May, 2016
Not impressed, seriously plugged, had to cut a further inch off the damn thing after lighting just to get any smoke from it. tasted nice once I'd done that, but for a £24.49 cigar just not worth buying if there is a risk of getting another one like this.
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by Magda on Saturday 22 August, 2009
Whilst I am a rather patient cigar smoker, and like to enjoy the experience, the Lancero has been a thorough and utter disappointment... Hard to get any flavour out of, flat, lacking meatiness not to mention the aroma. Never again...
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by Kevin on Tuesday 15 April, 2008
You can get the odd one like that, but then again you get that with ALL Havanas. When aged for a few months these cigars are actually a great smoke.
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