Blanco Cigars NINE | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan Triple Ligero
Size: 7 x 38 “Lancero”
Body: Full
Price: $6.50 MSRP
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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:

“Kat Man,
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!”

Respectfully,

David A. Blanco
Executive Vice President
Blanco Cigars

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.

I get a nice blast of pepper followed by notes of baking cocoa. Cedar shows up along with a real deep earthiness.
The draw is a bit tight so I roll the cigar in my hand to loosen it. Voila. It works.
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The herbal aroma becomes a nice subtle nuance.

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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.

The cedar becomes much stronger as does the cocoa. The body is classic medium; but about to move up quickly.
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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.

The cigar’s status turns to flavor bomb at this point. It was like turning on a light switch. The strength moves to medium/full.
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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.

I remove the main band and discover that what I thought were two separate bands, are really one band attached to the other. I like that.
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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.
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Definitely go check out the Blanco Cigars web site and maybe do a little shopping.
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14 replies

  1. This one has been on my sights since I heard about them, but $50 + shipping is quite a bit if you ask me.

  2. These have been on my radar since I heard about them, but $50 + shipping is a bit much imo (according to their website)

    • These have been on my radar since I heard about them, but $50 + shipping is a bit much imo (according to their website)

      Correction $35 + = $50

      • I just verified the shipping charges and they are ridiculous. I sent them a message.
        They could send a 5 pack in a small box for $4. There is something wrong with them.

  3. Great review Brotha! I totally agree p on making cigars really available through online services.I recently got into a “healthy”debate with my local B&M about online sales, while I couldn’t agree more with his position of, “online sales will kill shops the way downloading music has.” We could not agree on how it should be addressed. I viewed it from a consumers point of view and he saw it from the retailers view. I want it now and cheap and he wants to turn a profit and stay open. Any thoughts?

  4. Kat Man,

    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!

    Respectfully,

    David A. Blanco
    Executive Vice President
    Blanco Cigars

  5. The only way I purchase from an online store is to get a spectacular deal and FREE shipping…I will no longer pay shipping charges for any reason…If that means I go without or have to wait, so be it…I have a couple local B & M stores that I frequent and they can usually get what I want in a reasonable amount of time…I just think it’s important to support local business…One of my local guys just went under…My online purchases amount to less than 25%…If I support my local business, my local business will support me…As always !

    • Unfortunately, Milwaukee is where B & M’s come to die.
      Several have gone out of business since I moved here in 2007.
      But the ones left are like shopping at JR Cigars. Never a single cutting edge, or even new, cigar on their shelves.
      I asked the one closest to me what happened to the La Aroma de Cubas by Pepin Garcia. I was told that no one bought them. So they stopped carrying them.
      Now this is a solid, regular production cigar that is wonderful and very price effective.
      The Milwaukee crowd likes to buy their Macanudos and Rocky Patels and Padrons and that’s it.
      So, I have no reason to frequent them. Plus, not a single one has any sort of social scene. Everyone of them is dead when I go in. What happened to sitting down and enjoying a cigar with a stranger and talking shit?

  6. I live in NYC, one the highest taxed state in the country. Half my paycheck goes to paying taxes. Which is why I cant afford to purchase a cigar at a local B&M. A cigar that I pay on line for 4 and 5 dollars cost 10 and 12 in the store. The only time I make the effort to purchase at a store is if I just want to purchase 1 cigar to try out a new blend. If the B&M business is on the way out in N.Y. it’s because of Uncle Sam! Any one down for a Boston Tea Party?

    • In Virginia there is an additional “vice” tax on top of the sales tax. The minimal shipping most companies (like Atlantic) have is less than the combined taxes if you are buying 5 or more better cigars. .

  7. 30 minutes for a lancero seems awfully fast. Have you ever had a lancero burn that quickly before? I’m usually in the 90 minute mark (or more). Any idea what you would attribute the fast burn to? Also, maybe it was a one-off? Just curious. Keep up the great (and entertaining) reviews.

    • First, I’ve never smoked a Lancero that could last 90 minutes.
      And second, I measured the ring gauge and it is closer to 34 than 38.

      • I find that I seem to smoke cigars more slowly than the average times I see on reviews, but I also find that if/when I speed up then I get that generic hot tobacco flavor and bitterness.