NOTE: 4-5-2014: I received this email from the Blanco Cigar Company this morning in response to my complaint of over charging for shipping. $15 for a five pack is too much. So David Blanco has graciously amended the shipping costs. Here is a copy of that email:
I wanted to thank you for your great review and the time it took you to smoke and write it. We appreciate the support and kind words regarding our efforts in bringing, what we feel is, the best possible products we can offer to market for the discerning smokers out there.
“I also wanted to thank you and those that commented regarding the error that has been brought to our attention regarding the posted UPS Shipping rate for our Blanco Nine Lancero 5 pack. This is a relatively new item for us to offer and up to this point, we only sold boxes on our web store. The price that being displayed is a price for shipping a “box purchase”. Our IT support failed to change the shipping rate when they added this product (5 pack sampler) to the site. We will have it adjusted to $4.00 for the shipping cost. We would like to apologize for the confusion and error and appreciate it being brought to our attention. We hope that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy Blanco Cigars and strive to that end. Your smoking pleasure is our family’s passion and my life’s work. We take it very seriously. Thanks again!”
David A. Blanco
Executive Vice President
Blanco Cigars is one of the best kept secrets in the cigar industry. And I would like to thank David and Cesar Blanco for the samples.
The Blanco NINE has been around since 2007. The Lancero was introduced in 2009.
The Blanco brothers were not satisfied with this blend until the ninth blend was produced.
From the Blanco web site:
“The NINE is made with the finest Oscuro Corojo wrapper grown in Nicaragua. The wrapper, which has been aged for a minimum of 3 years, has been masterfully blended with an exquisite binder from the world famous Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. To achieve the complex and sophisticated taste and aroma of this full-flavored and full-bodied cigar, three different ligero leaves are used from various Nicaraguan tobaccos as filler. This cigar has a dark, oily and marbleized colored wrapper. There are notes of wood and cocoa on the unlit foot with big flavors right off the light. Smooth draw with clouds of rich smoke. Earth, coffee and spices dominate the palate, quickly followed by a full and long-lasting body. This is a big smoke with a big profile. After 8 attempts at blending this cigar the ninth was perfection! The NINE is a ten.
“Together, The Blanco & Plasencia families manufacture Blanco Cigars at one of Plasencia’s five factories located in Esteli, Nicaragua.
“The Blanco Cigar Company was founded in the USA in 1998, however the family’s history and roots in the tobacco industry can be traced back to Cuba’s western-most province of Pinar del Rio and their cousins of 80 years, the Plasencia family. The Plasencias, whose roots are also found in Pinar del Rio, are today one of the preeminent tobacco families in the industry. The Plasencias run all farming and manufacturing operations in both Danli, Hunduras and Esteli, Nicaragua.”
This stick looks like a long Tootsie Roll. It is lumpy in places. Very rustic. But very solid. A little give. Invisible seams and lots of little veins. The cap is impeccable. And it has three bands.
I’m a little confused. The company calls itself Blanco Cigars. But at some point it was Los Blancos Cigars. The photos on their web site are too small to see the cigar bands. But mine says Los Blancos. Maybe one of the brothers will leave a comment explaining this.
I clip the cap and find aromas of rich earthiness, spice, cocoa, coffee, herbal notes, and citrus.
Time to light up.
The herbal aroma becomes a nice subtle nuance.
I’ve reviewed the Blanco Liga Exclusiva de Familia Double Corona Connecticut which is a fabulous cigar. David and Cesar sent me the maduro version which I highly anticipate smoking. Also, I have a bevy of others to review, such as Primos Estate Selection Habano Criollo Rosado, Primos Estate Selection Habano Criollo Maduro, and Blanco Premiere Selection Maduro.
Clearly, most of the dictionary is used in naming these cigars.
Here are the flavors, in order: Earthiness, cocoa, spice, cedar, leather, and orange zest.
As in most Lanceros, the flavor profile is very intense.
I begin the second third with a nice surprise of some buttery smooth creaminess taking the edge off the earthiness, spice, and citrus tartness. It also enhances the cocoa element.
Man, this cigar really moved fast from nicely flavored to “Get out of the way, kid! If you can’t handle all this flavor, take your teddy bear and go home.”
The chocolate and creaminess makes me grab for a Diet Coke. This is most definitely a NYC egg cream experience.
The last third begins without a lot of change. The strength is now full bodied.
It’s taken around 20 minutes to get this far. So, I expect this will be a 30 minute smoke. Great for errands. I hate taking a robusto on errands and hope that it lasts, but I always end up wasting the last third. And if you like to smoke while tooling around in your truck, this is an important issue. For me, at least.
The last third is the sweet spot. Flavors just explode. And most unusual, the nicotine level is low. I expected it to be kicking my ass by now but I’m fine and still have my eyesight.
David and Cesar sent me a bunch of torpedoes in the other blends. So it will be a while before they are ready to review. But I look forward to those events.
By the way, if you visit their site, they have their own online store where you can purchase their wares. More boutique brands should do this. Nothing more a pain in the ass than liking a boutique brand; but then you can’t find it anywhere but in B & M’s. And not one of them anywhere near you.
The draw has been absolutely perfect since rolling it in my hand early one.
The creaminess and cocoa are leading the pack with the orange citrus right behind. It tastes like a Creamsicle covered in chocolate syrup.
I finish the cigar without the dreaded nicotine taking me down. Very unusual for a full bodied cigar not to be fully loaded with the stuff; especially, at the end.
David and Cesar did a great job with this stick.
You should also check out a cigar they blended called: American Legion. Proceeds from the sale of the cigar go to that fine organization. It first showed up at BestCigarPrices.com and I reviewed it here. A great cigar. And was good to go after only a week of humidor time. Plus the price is spectacular for a cigar this good: $5.75.
Definitely go check out the Blanco Cigars web site and maybe do a little shopping.
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