Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label Lancero

Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label Lancero

 

Size: 6.5×38, Lancero

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Dominican (De Olor)

Filler: Dominican (De Olor and Piloto Cubano)

Strength: Mild

Price: Around $6

Grade: 8.5

The Lancero version of the Connecticut shade from MarcoV was released some time last year and contains the same guts as the 5×60 Marco V. We reviewed that size here, which is huge. From the Marco V website, here is a bit of information:

We use tobacco from all over the world to create unique and powerful luxury cigars for the serious cigar aficionado. Marco V Cigars are rolled in the Dominican Republic and are brought to you directly from the factory. Marco V Co. is the first cigar brand in the world to only offer cigars with at least a 60 ring gauge. This is done to exhibit the excellence of the Marco V filler blend. All Marco V Cigars are rolled in limited batches to ensure every single cigar is blended and rolled to perfection.

Moving beyond the 60 ring craze, Marco V has begun offering a Lancero and a chisel head to reduce the gauge at the tip for easier smoking.

You can find Marco V online and on Twitter. Now, on to the toast.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The V Lancero is topped with a gorgeous triple twirl pigtail and tops the cigar wonderfully. There are a few soft spots here and there, the foot is also a bit spongy, and there are bumps throughout, but it is very clean along the seams. The aroma is very pleasing, with notes of sweet cedar, barnyard, and mild hint of apple cider. On the draw, the flavor is very muted with notes of apple core and hay. The draw appears to be spot on.

Burn, 1.9:
There isn’t a lot to speak of here, which is a good thing in this instance – a strong, straight burn line, a great draw, thick smoke, and a very slow burn for such a thinly gauged cigar.

Flavor, 2.5:
Up front, the Marco V gives off a burst of creamy flavor that is sweet, clean, crisp, and delicate – a wonderful start. Moving into the first third, there is a slight fruit profile with a small bit of barnyard notes. Into the second third and forward is where I struggled with this cigar – the flavor goes nearly completely bland and lacked any semblance of flavor. Into the final third, a bit of the flavor returns with a buttery cream, but mostly it is bland after the first third of the smoke.

 

Overall, 2.6:
It appears that this Connecticut is better suited for the larger ring gauge, as there just aren’t enough flavors in the wrapper to go with such a tiny size. Early on I had big expectations for the Lancero – the appearance was excellent and the burn was on spot, and there was even a burst of flavor up front, but all that went away as the cigar progressed into the second third.

(Total: 8.5)