Debonaire Sagita Petite Lancero

Debonaire Petite LanceroI’ve been enjoying the Debonaire line for a while now and with the new distributorship from Drew Estate it’s thankfully making them much more accessible to everyone. I managed to get my hands on some of the Sagita Petite Lancero and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get an article up about it. The Sagita offers a medium-plus strength profile with the rich, deep sweetness we all look for out of the thick and durable broadleaf wrapper. Blender and owner Philip S. Zanghi III says, ” the dried fruit flavors, like currants and raisins, really stand out in this particular size. The Lancero is a size I love, however I love this one just a bit more because it comes in at a 5.5 inch length; its size, along with its balanced strength and refined flavor remind me of an arrow and what the arrow represents in an archers quiver.” Sagita is in fact a Latin word for arrow, which is traditionally spelled Sagitta, but when Phil presented it as a production item in the Dominican Republic it was spelled Sagita, missing a “t“. Phil chose to keep it this way as a celebration of the Dominican’s spelling of the word.Debonaire Petite Lancero

The construction of the cigar is firm and full to the touch but not hard and gives to pressure between the fingers. There is some noticeable veining which adds to the overall rustic look of the cigar. The seems are nice and tight and when the light pigtail cap is cut the cigar is unaffected. The color is of dark rich coffee beans.

The smell form the body had a lovely leather and cedar aroma with a hint of sweetness. From the foot these were more noticeable along with a nice punch of spices. The pre-light notes offer the usual tobacco flavors that always makes me think of unsweetened tea.

Debonaire Petite LanceroThe cigar lights easily and at first has a slightly bitter citric flavor. This quickly disappears and becomes an espresso with lemon flavor for the next couple of draws then settles into a rich coffee flavor with plenty of pepper. The cigar produces plenty of nice heavy smoke that weighs on the tongue. It has an easy draw that gives just a touch of resistance. The ash falls easily and has a dark gray color with solid bands.

This flavor stays through to the halfway point while the dried fruit flavors that Phil had mentioned become more apparent. Continuing on through the cigar the flavor begins to intensify and become more of a smooth tobacco with a nice peppery kick. By the end of the smoke it has a much fuller flavor than expected from something this size.

For a small sized cigar really has a full flavor, starting off somewhat timid but ramping up to a large taste by the midpoint made this an interesting smoke. Not sure if I would recommend this to novice smokers out there but for all you maduro smokers out there that want to be surprised by the flavor you can get out of a 38 ring gauge this is one you should pick up.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf (USA)

Binder: San Vicente (DR)

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican (ft. Reñe Ligero)

Website: Debonairerum.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints

Tatuaje’s Skinny Monsters Drac

Tatuaje DracThanks to DR HQ (AKA S&M Smoke Shop) I’ve been able to pick up a lot of these Tatuaje Skinny Monsters to review. I’m not one to buy into hype or gimmicks but as a horror movie lover I took the bait. I started with the Frank and enjoyed it so I decided to move onto the Drac to see if it held up in quality and flavor and was happy that it did so and more.

Investigation of the cigar shows a relatively smooth wrapper with some noticeable veining. It is dark chocolate in color and has a muted oily sheen. The smell from the body reminds me of sweet milk chocolate and cinnamon, while the smell from the foot is far less sweet and more of a barnyard, tobacco and hints of spices odor. It doesn’t feel as rigid as most lanceros and gives to pressure but still feels full and rolled well with no apparent dead spots.

The cap cuts easily with no damage to the construction. The cold draw is easy and open offering the expected tobacco flavors with a hint of sweetness noticed from the body. From the first few draws it is immediately peppery with a long spicy finish.

After taking it down a ¼ inch it becomes not quite as spicy as when first started but the pepper and spice is still present. It has a good full earthy flavor with some leather notes. Plenty of heavy smoke production along with a light grey ash with a few dark hints to it. Burn remains fairly even with no trouble.

In the second half it mellows out considerably overall but retains the spicy/pepper finish. It tends to have more of a leathery cedar flavor. Ash doesn’t hang on for very long but the construction is tiptop and burns even. The smoke continues to be plentiful and pleasantly heavy on the tongue. Towards the end of the second half the flavor intensifies again bringing back more of a full flavor to the stick.

Since these guys are still pretty easy to find I’d strongly recommend picking up a few. If you like a fuller flavor cigar then this is the one for you. As far as lanceros go this has been one of my favorites so far. The flavor comes out strong and then settles into a nice rich medium flavor that for its size you wouldn’t think possible. Really an excellent job Tatuaje!

 

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)

Website: Tatuajecigars.com

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 pints

Traficante – El Chapo

El ChapoThe original El Chapo blend is back form Traficante Cigar Company. This Belicoso is a well-blended combination of aged tobaccos including a maduro wrapper leaf and a blend of Dominican and Honduran long-fillers.

The cigar has a nice thin smooth maduro wrapper with some veining. It has a nice oily sheen to it and is a dark tan leather color. The construction seems well and the cigar feels full yet gives to bit of pressure between the fingers without damaging the wrapper. Pre-light draw is easy and clear.

The smell from the body is very floral with clear notes of nutmeg and spice, from the foot the same notes are present but with an added sweet chocolate smell as well. The cold draw gives flavors of the nutmeg noticed from the smell, light roasted coffee beans and a punch of rich tobacco.

The cap cuts with no problems and lights easily. Immediate flavors are loads of tobacco, saltiness and dark chocolate. The cigar flavor stays fairly consistent until reaching the midpoint. The burn stays even with no need to retouch at anytime, the ash hangs on tightly until knocked off and is dark grey in color. It produces plenty of dense smoke which has a medium weight on the tongue.

At the middle of the cigar the flavor mellows a bit and the bitter dark chocolate subsides and pepper and spices pull to the front. This flavor continues for the remainder of the cigar and is very enjoyable.

The El Chapo is definitely not for the faint of heart; it is a full-bodied powerhouse of a smoke that will give you plenty of flavor and smoke. Make sure you put some time aside to smoke this you’ll want to enjoy the flavors and not rush through it.

 

Size: Belicoso 6×54

Wrapper: Maduro

Binder/Filler: Dominican/Honduran

Price: $12.32

Website: Traficantecigar.com