The Alec Bradley Texas Lancero Cigar ReviewThe Alec Bradley Texas Lancero was first introduced to the public at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, and its size was the first thing that caught everyone’s attention. At 7 x 70, this cigar is a monster, backing up the Lone Star State’s reputation for supersizing everything. Its flavors are big as well and make for an impressive stick overall. It’s just another feather in the cap for the respected boutique producer, fitting into a portfolio full of successful releases.

This cigar comes with a Nicaraguan wrapper, an Indonesian binder and long fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. The deep, dark brown wrapper hides the seams well. It has a pigtail cap that is synonymous with Lanceros. The black, white and red band is larger than normal and features the brand and stogie name. The pre-light draw consists of some black pepper, citrus and earth notes.

In the first-third of the Alec Bradley Texas Lancero, the stick starts off with the same black pepper detected on the pre-light. About an inch into this behemoth, the citrus notes appear, providing a nice acidic bite to counter the heat of the pepper. Along with the citrus, some dark leather flavors emerge and slide into the background behind the citrus and pepper. This mixture holds till the end of the first-third, when the black pepper moves to the retrohale. 

During the second-third of the smoke, the citrus and leather flavors take turns playing the dominant role until a roasted nuts flavor emerges. The leather and roasted nuts slide into the background behind the citrus, and the black pepper remains noticeable on the retrohale and in the back of the throat. Shortly after the first half of the stick, a sweet tobacco taste joins the citrus and quickly takes hold of the profile. 

In the last third of the Alec Bradley Texas Lancero, the profile shifts slightly and incorporates some spice. Some reviewers noted that it was similar to nutmeg, but others weren’t able to put a definite label on it. The spice adds a little more punch and tingles the tongue. The citrus and tobacco flavors are still present and still represented strongly. The nuts and pepper remain in the background through the final third and the leather flavor slowly fades out. 

This is medium bodied and classified as medium strength. Performance can be a problem with some larger stogies, but it’s not an issue with this one. Reviewers were pleased with both the burn and draw; along with just about everything else this stick has to offer.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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