This 5×50 cigar features a dark milk chocolate wrapper with a rough tooth, minimal veins, ragged seams, firm even pack and a rich oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals an extremely loose draw but great smoke output. Flavors are medium bodied with a silky smooth aged tobacco and nut taste on the short finish. The first third shows copious amounts of thick medium-full bodied smoke with creamy wood and light tobacco and pepper flavors. The draw snugged up perfectly after a few draws in and burn is almost razor sharp. 25 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point, flavors shift just a bit, dropping the wood and going to a bright but deep earth especially on the finish and adding a bit of cinnamon at points. Ending at 45 minutes the last third shifted to a very creamy nut, also dropping the pepper. Thank you very much to La Garita Cigar Co for sending this sample for review!
This 5.5×55 box pressed stick offers a soft smooth and firm dark brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and sweet barnyard aroma first light reveals a perfect draw with a ton of rich heavy smoke giving peppery creamy textured tobacco flavor, medium-full in body with a long finish. The first third develops to very similar flavors, adding a bit of pepper to the draw and finish, coming down to a solid medium body. 45 minutes in to the 1/2 way point there are no further changes to the flavor profile. Construction is perfect, with a razor sharp burn and perfect draw with tons of smoke. Ending at 1:30 the whole cigar proved to be very consistant in flavor profile with no noticeable transitions. Thank you very much to viewer Greg Bellante for generously sending this in for review!
This 4.9×52 stick offers a jet black thick wrapper with slight tooth, minimal veins, tight seams, fairly dense pack and a rich aroma of sweet tobacco. First light reveals a perfect draw, lots of medium bodied smoke with flavors of an oily textured dry tobacco and a heavy finish. The first third transitions to a very smooth deep sweet earth with a very chewy mouthfeel. On the long earthy finish comes a touch of pepper zing over the tongue. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point the only change is a slight creamy coffee during the draw. The ash is still holding on, draw is perfect and the burn is almost razor sharp. 40 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point the ash finally fell off, and flavors changed slightly. The coffee dropped and a sweet licorice joined the finish. The last third showed no changes, continuing the great performance ending at the hour mark. Thank you very much to viewer Brian Hemry for sending in this cigar for review!
This is a three blade scissor design that used hinged aperture blades to evenly cut the cigar cap from three sides simultaneously with one scissor action. The unit is aluminum and stainless steel with exceptional construction. The blades are razor sharp, the tolerances and finish impeccable. For those that prefer the rigor of cutting their cigars with scissors this may be something you really enjoy using! For those not used to scissors you might find the cuts to be a bit on the ragged side compared to a guillotine. No matter your personal taste in cutter design, this is an inexpensive unit that is sure to cause discussion whenever you bring it out! Thank you very much to Dos Caballos Cigars for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it! Photography by bgpictures.com
This 6.5×53 stick offers a medium brown dry wrapper with tight seams, a smooth firm feel and minimal veins with a slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals very smooth and creamy slightly sweet tobacco, a perfect draw and plenty of rich smoke. The first third ups the smoke production to a medium bodied thick and rich smoke, with very smooth creamy earthy and tabacco flavors with a long smooth finish. 25 min in at the 1/2 way point the only change is the sweetness bringing a slight licorice flavor. The burn is almost razor sharp and the ash is holding a solid 2″ at a time. 45 min in just past the band, the last third holds the same draw flavors adding an earthy finish that gets a bit longer than the start of the stick. Thank you very much to Joyas De Panama for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 5×54 stick offers a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with smooth but visible small and medium viens, a soft satin feel and slightly peppery smooth tobacco aroma. First light reveals a firm draw, adequate smoke production and medium body flavors of an oily smooth tobacco with a slight pepper kick. The first third develops in to a fairly simple mix of flavors similar to the first light. The draw did open up slightly making for easier smoke production, and a slight sweetness joined the game. Burn is perfect, almost razor sharp, flavors are easy to pick out and the finish is long and smooth with a touch of earth. The 2nd third shows no changes, being 100% consistent throughout. Ending at 1:15, the entire stick proved to be very consistent with the same flavors and great burn qualities throughout. At only a few dollars a stick this is a great stick for anyone looking for a good smoking simple stick. I did find that it needs several months of time, as every sample I had fresh at a cigar shop was very sub-par compared to this.
This 6×52 stick offers a firm box pressed dark chocolate wrapper with terrific sweet tobacco and spicy aromas. Burn was almost razor sharp all the way down with a perfect draw giving just the right amount of resistance for an easy cool draw. Flavors were plentiful to say the least with many transition points throughout from beginning to end. They were all exceptionally well blended together and smooth, including coffee, cream, earth, pepper, sweet tobacco, touches of spice and hints of cocoa at points. Total burn time to the nub was 1:15. Photography by BG Pictures.
Sir Vin Cigars Premium Royale Silver Lance Cigar Review
This 6×50 box press double maduro stick offers a butter smooth dark chocolate wrapper with a very firm press and double cap. Total burn time to the nub was 1:20 with a perfect draw and almost razor sharp line. Flavors were fairly consistent, holding a core of creamy prominent leather and a long earthy, peppery finish to the last third where a nutty flavor joined in. Smoke was exceptionally rich and smooth, with plenty of maduro oils coating the mouth. Body and strength were medium-full and the leather was especially bright just after the draw. Thank you very much to Sir Vin Cigars for generously donating this stick for review! Photography by BG Pictures.
This 5×50 stick offered a dark chocolate, VERY thick and toothy wrapper with excellent construction. Burn was almost razor sharp all the way down, with the ash holding to the 1/2 way point and a perfect draw. Flavors in the first half were of a medium bodied light leather and smooth earth, with a bit of sweetness and a pepper & spice kick. The 2nd half transitioned to a deep earth and bit of licorice, losing the sweetness and pepper zing. The finish grew longer and the body went down to a mild-medium. Thank you to Shuckins for trading me for this stick! Photography by BG Pictures.
This 6×50 milk chocolate stick offered a slightly toothy but satiny wrapper, with a firm and slightly bumpy construction. Burn was almost razor sharp and the draw was absolutely perfect. Total burn time to the nub was 1:15 where it got hot for me. The second half especially produced great amounts of thick rich smoke, giving flavors of coffee, leather, sweetness on the first half, and a bit of a pepper zing on the short clean finish. A touch of cocoa came through at the 1/2 way point, and the transitions were very nice throughout. Thank you to Shuckins for trading with me for this stick! Photography by BG Pictures.
This 5.75×50 stick offered a tan, textured but firm wrapper, with a nice tobacco aroma. Total burn time was 1:45 just past the band point, and it was almost razor sharp all the way down. The ash was light grey and white, holding on 1 1/2″ at a time. The draw was VERY loose but produced huge amounts of rich smoke with no effort at all. It was very surprising to get that much smoke and flavor for so long with such a free draw! The flavors were very consistent, dominated by a smooth creamy cocoa, medium-full in body. The first two thirds offered a nice pepper and spice zing on the finish, giving way to just a long creamy finish at the end. Thank you very much to Berger & Argenti for donating this sample for review! Photography by BG Pictures.