Cigar Review: Los Blancos Connecticut Premier Line

Size: 5×52, Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 24, $115

Grade: 9.1

Though seemingly difficult to find both locally and online, at one time the Connecticut was available in seven sizes, all sold in boxes of 24 – Churchill Tubo (7×46), Sesenta (6×60), Double Corona (7×52), Torpedo (6.5×52), Toro (6×52), Robusto (5×52), and the Corona (5.5×44). The MSRP ranges between $140 and $170 per box. The Blanco Family’s fields and factories are located in Esteli, Nicaragua and Danli, Honduras, with a US distribution center in Chicago, IL.

The Premier line, which includes the Connecticut for today’s review, is produced in Nestor Plasencia’s Segovia Factory in Nicaragua. Also in the Premier line is the Criollo, Maduro, and Sumatra.

I was able to find these on clearance from Famous Smoke Shop for around $2-3 each, but they’ve since been removed.

You can visit Los Blancos online here, where you’ll see their full lineup of blends.

Pre-light, 1.7:
A sturdy, well packed Robusto is highlighted by a double cap, clean seams, and a well packed foot. From head to foot there are no soft spots and minimal veins. The medium brown wrapper has some dark spotting throughout. The aroma is of a mild cream at the head, while the foot has a drier aroma of barnyard. On the cold draw, it is a bit tight and I detect a slight mint and barnyard. Overall, this is a well constructed cigar, though the splotchy wrapper and unimpressive band do create a bundled cigar appearance, for those that care about that sort of thing.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn on the Los Blancos is spot on; the tight draw on the pre-light opens up well and forms a tight ash from beginning to nub. The burn does go hilly from time to time, but there are no touchups required and it burns cool throughout. The ash is consistently colored and stacks and forms very well.

Flavor, 1.8:
For a mild smoke, this cigar transitioned surprisingly well and had some pleasing characteristics. Through the first third the smoke goes back and forth between sweet and spice – the slight spice is complimented by a creamy profile most closely identified as coffee. The spice is a mild pepper that comes in and out throughout the first third. The second third presents a fade in the pepper and the smoke is very gentle and non-obtrusive in this section. In the final third, all of the flavors meld and form an excellent finish. There is a mild pepper in the back of the throat, a mild barnyard most similar to burnt hay, and some wood notes and an acidic finish that were not previously detected.

Overall, 1.8:
Overall, this was a great smoke, and it can be had for around $4 a stick, which makes this one of my top value smokes at the moment. The construction was spot on and created an effortless smoke. It wasn’t easy to overlook this cigar, as is the case with some milder smokes – the flavor profile was superb. If you see these around, I’d recommend picking them up, especially if they are on closeout.

(Total: 9.1)