Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Lancero (Short Ashes)

Don Pepin Garcia Black Label Lancero

A couple of weeks ago I posted a very long writeup on the Cigar Expo put on by Famous Smoke Shop. In that writeup I mentioned that while there, I briefly spoke with Victor Vitale of the Cigar Agency. It was the first time I had the opportunity to speak with Victor in person and I was glad that he introduced himself.

During the expo I wanted to get over to speak with him a little more about his lineup of cigars, but for whatever reason it just didn’t happen. Shortly after the Expo, I received an email from the Cigar Agency asking me if I would be interested in trying another cigar from the company.

Not being one to turn down free samples, I eagerly agreed to give them a shot. Just like the first samples that arrived for the Ortsac review, my cigars arrived very quickly and included a little documentation. Expecting a variation of the Ortsac 1962, I was surprised to find three Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic (Black Label) Lanceros.

Upon reading the note, I learned that these sticks were from an order placed by the Cigar Agency in 2008. The order was an exclusive vitola for this company and included one-hundred boxes. Eager to get into my new Lanceros, I lit one up just a couple of days later.

Before this vitola, I had about ten robustos from a Joe Cigar deal of some sort. I don’t know if it was a change in the blend over time or if the wrapper to filler ratio made a significant difference, but I didn’t really care for those smokes. They seemed to lack the robust flavor of the Perlas that I used to smoke routinely.

When I lit up the Lancero, I was quickly reminded of those flavor packed Perlas. The flavors were crisp with that recognizable Nicaraguan / Pepin spiciness. The secondary flavors included a sweet spice through the sinuses and a nice woody undertone which was most apparent after the residual smoke was expelled from the mouth.

The body was right on the cusp of being full while the finish was smooth and creamy. The draw was a little stiff on my second sample but still managed to provide an adequate volume of thick smoke. The burn line was thin and even, for the most part, producing a light colored ash which was firm and held a tightly compacted shape.

Even though I know that I have beat this particular cigar to death with several reviews, after my first sample I knew that I had to do yet another quick look at the Black Label Pepin. I still don’t know if those Robustos I smoked in the past were just a little off, or if the Lanceros were just on, but I was happy to have smoked this vitola.