Saturday, February 25, 2017


A Cigars Tale

Review by

Nathan D. Hale


Cigar Name: Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973

Cigar Brand: MBombay   

Wrapper: Ecuador            

Binder: Dominican Republic                  

Filler: Dominican Republic and Peru               

Vitola Reviewed: Lancero (38x8.5)     

Strength: Medium

Body: Medium                   

Price: $13.50                  

Visual: As I inspect the wrapper I take note of the color. It reminds me of the color on a brown paper lunch sack. The seams are tight and nonexistent. The cigar construction is of good quality which is a staple of the MBombay brand. The cigar is firm with zero soft spots.


Cold Aroma: The wrapper presents with cedar, leather, and cinnamon (to name a few). The foot brings black pepper, coffee, cocoa, cream, and a hint of bell pepper to the mix of the before mentioned cedar, leather, and cinnamon.

Cold Draw: The prelit draw brings us a profile including cloves, cedar, crushed red pepper, salt, grass, hay, brown sugar, and nutmeg.

 1st Third: The first third delivers notes of coffee, grass, hay, cocoa, cream, cedar, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.


2nd Third: The second third has a profile of espresso, hay, walnut, cocoa, butter, vanilla, crushed red pepper, cloves, leather, and cedar. I also note the salt and pepper ash.

 last Third: Moving into the final third, we note the flavors of citrus, cedar, leather, crushed red pepper, cumin, brown sugar, caramel, cream, toast, walnut, coffee, cocoa, black pepper, and hints of floral. The burn remained even throughout and had a perfect draw.


Thoughts: I was recently asked why I do so many MBombay reviews. The answer to that is easy. They ask me to. To date I haven’t turned away anyone for a review. I look at it like this. If you are asking me to review a cigar then you trust my opinion. Mel has always asked me to be brutally honest and to find something wrong. Sometimes I find a flaw and sometimes I don’t. In any event I always give my honest opinion and that is why I believe I am asked to do repeat reviews.

As to this cigar, I must say it is another good cigar from MBombay. For me, there are other blends I enjoy more from them, but you can’t ignore the quality and flavor profiles. Construction is solid and the experience is fantastic. Try one and let me know your thought.


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