A Texas-Sized Smoke From Alec Bradley

Where in the United States would a colossal, 7 inch by 70 ring gauge cigar be considered a lancero? Probably Texas. Which is why Alec Bradley is naming its first 7 by 70 the Texas Lancero.

While 7 by 70 cigars are becoming more common in the market, referring to it as a lancero is a playful nod to the common saying that "everything's bigger in Texas."

The decision to release such a large smoke was inspired by Alec Bradley's Texas sales representative Phil Kanaby, who maintained that giant, 7 by 70 cigars are exactly what smokers are asking for.

"We had a few blends for big cigars in our minds," said company president Alan Rubin, "but Phil gave us the push we needed to finally put a big cigar on the market. "

Like a traditional lancero, the Texas Lancero does indeed have a pigtail cap, but that's where the similarities end. With a thickness of 70 ring gauge, which is over an inch in diameter, the Texas Lancero is almost as big as a cardboard paper-towel tube. It's made by Placensia TDO in Honduras, who've managed to pack this oversized smoke with loads of Costa Rican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco.

Packaged in big boxes of 50, each Texas Lancero will retail for $8 each, but you don't have to be in Texas to get one. Though named after the Lone Star State, these hefty smokes are not a Texas exclusive, and will be available to any retailer in the country by mid-June.

"Sounds great there is a big MARKET in South Africa for such thick cigars AMANO CIGARS waiting for them.." —June 4, 2014 18:01 PM
"I have also smoked a 7X70 cigar and it turned out to be one of my favorite smokes for a couple of years. They called it the Fat Boy, and it was a great great med bodied cigar with a lot of flavors to enjoy. I will give the Texas Lancero a try and then give an honest review of the cigar." —June 3, 2014 03:12 AM
"I have smoked a 7 × 70 Gran Habno #1 before. It is too big for me to smoke and the flavor don't satisfied my cravings. " —June 1, 2014 21:02 PM
"Texas may be Texas ,but that Is Pathetic. Where Is the real Lanceros ? Who Is going to smoke THAT jawbreaker ? Guy" —June 1, 2014 14:35 PM
"c'mon guy's,everyone has their favorite shape,ring gauge,etc.i enjoy the variety,as i have many different ones.some folk stay with robusto+xyz brand.you like what you like ;-)let's cherrish our wonderful love of cigars&not nit-pick,ok ??!!" —June 1, 2014 14:27 PM
"A 7x70 is what smokers are asking for? I find that hard to believe. I'm not smoking anything above 56 RG and that's pushing it. Makes me wonder where there finding these so-called cigar smokers." —June 1, 2014 00:20 AM
"I enjoy the larger gauges but a 70 can be cumbersome. " —May 30, 2014 17:45 PM
""the Texas Lancero is almost as big as a cardboard paper-towel tube." That gives a whole new take on "tubos". Some people seem to like thick gauges in their mouths and the cigar industry is happy to oblige. Whatever your'e into I suppose. I bet your jaw hurt just writing this piece let alone having to smoke one. " —May 30, 2014 15:11 PM
"I use to smoke Alex Bradley cigars but he has made it impossible now with his prices. I'm in the $80 a box range but that just is not enough anymore." —May 30, 2014 08:08 AM