The box is incredibly large for the number and size of cigars inside it which adds a bit of a “precious cargo” feeling to it. Inside is one row of 13 cigars, all wrapped in cedar sleeves with a black ribbon band at the foot. The head is finished with a very short pig tail and is very attractive. Once out of the cedar sleeve, the extreme toothiness of the wrapper becomes apparent, much more so in feel and appearance than other Don Carlos cigars I’ve seen. It’s a slightly mottled, rich brown Cameroon wrapper with some medium to medium+ veins running through it, though none that cause me any concern. The band has a bit of play and can move which is a good sign that it is not glued to the wrapper at all. The cigar is pretty firm throughout, with no soft spots and feels very well constructed.
After clipping the cap, the cold draw was nice. Just below what I’d consider firm but not in the least bit loose. The draw was very nice and consistent throughout the whole cigar. It offered a little resistance but was never tight. The mostly white (with hints of gray) ash was fairly solid, flaking a little at times and held for easily over an inch. I imagine the ash would have held much longer had it not been windy at times., at it was mostly white ash with some light grey here and there. The Don Carlos Lancero “Phantom” went out after an inch or so and I had to relight it probably because of me taking too much time between puffs. This cigar did swell slightly behind the cherry at times but never caused any problems until I tried to slide the band off. Fortunately, even though the band damaged part of the wrapper, the burn was not affected.
- Strength of this cigar was surprising as I could really feel the nicotine after smoking for an hour
- The cigar was very complex with flavors alternating throughout the smoke.
- This was quite different than any other Don Carlos vitola I’ve tried
- The Don Carlos Lancero is a very interesting cigar and I’d recommend trying one if you come across them.