Cigar Aficionado

Cohiba Lancero
Lancero
90
points
Cuba
Cuba
38 38
Medium
Medium
Tasting Note
This pigtailed lancero has a bit of a firm draw, but burns quite evenly. Its leathery, salty qualities become slightly floral before a sweet and chewy nougat finish.
Body Medium
Size Panetela
Ring Gauge 38
Length 7 1/2"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Insider – May 24, 2016
Price £26.52
Box DateMay 2014
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2018 | Score: 89

A beautiful panetela adorned with a pigtail cap. Though the draw is quite firm, the cigar burns evenly, offering floral and woody notes with touches of almonds and vanilla. The finish is sweet.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2016 | Score: 90

This pigtailed lancero has a bit of a firm draw, but burns quite evenly. Its leathery, salty qualities become slightly floral before a sweet and chewy nougat finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2015 | Score: 87

A veiny, rustic-looking lancero with soft spots. Ample smoke on the draw that imparts simple sweetness, acidity and a salty finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2013 | Score: 92

An oily lancero with a neat pigtail cap. The draw is a touch firm but still conveys plenty of spicy leather and peppery cedar flavor with touches of salted caramel and an underlying toastiness.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2012 | Score: 90

This long, thin cigar is a bit firm to the draw, but full of nutty nougat flavors balanced by pencil-lead notes and steady coffee character.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2011 | Score: 94

Though there is some firmness on the draw, this lancero shows a complex progression of flavors, starting with cinnamon and nutmeg intonations that lead to a robust and profound coffee flavor that lasts on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 08, 2011 | Score: 90

A slow starter that eventually opens up to show oaky notes, leathery flavors and a touch of vanilla sweetness. The draw and burn are even throughout.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2010 | Score: 88

This lancero is draped in a toothy wrapper and topped with a perfect pigtail. There’s plenty of leather flavor in the smoke as well as floral note, but the finish is a bit green.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2008 | Score: 90

A lovely lancero with a nicely twisted pigtail cap. The draw is notably firm, but manages to deliver lots of wood, leather and vanilla bean flavors. Well balanced.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2007 | Score: 89

A long lancero topped off with a nice pigtail twist. It draws well, showing steady notes of wood, sweet leather and a slight spiciness. The finish is long and leathery. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2005 | Score: 92

A beautiful panetela with an oily wrapper. It has a fine draw and even burn. It has cocoa bean and leather notes with an earthy quality to the finish. Complex, rich and balanced with a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 24, 2005 | Score: 85

A thin, attractive smoke with a firm to tight draw. It has some grass and earth flavors, but the draw hurts it.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2004 | Score: 84

An oily lancero with lovely construction. Several tested cigars suffered from draw problems—from firm to tight to plugged—and the flavors are woody and somewhat rough.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 2004 | Score: 87

This pigtailed panetela is gruff and coarse. The draw is tight and the burn uneven. Medium-bodied flavors include coffee bean and earth with a papery note.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 87

An elegant shape but a tight draw. The cigar is mild to medium bodied with notes of nuts, leather and a hint of earthiness. A short finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2002 | Score: 91

A beautiful lancero with a well-done pigtail. The draw is a bit firm, but the smoke is leathery and full bodied, with a smooth, nutty flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 86

This veiny cigar has an extremely tight draw. It's woody, creamy and a bit tangy.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 2000 | Score: 83

This cigar has an irregular bunch. The draw is tight, and the smoke is sour, gassy and bitter. Unpleasant and disappointing.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 01, 1999 | Score: 84

This sleek, dark cigar suffers from a tight draw. Although rich and cedary, it has a pungent note that suggests youth.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1996 | Score: 87

A rough cigar with an attractive flag tip. It draws and burns well, leaving a flaky ash. There are some sweet notes in the medium-bodied smoke, but it finishes a bit dry.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1993 | Score: 87

Our tasters found the Lancero too tightly rolled and difficult to draw, but it can be rich and harmonious with a coffee, nutty character.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale