Cigar Review: Sancho Panza, Cuban

Cigar Review: Sancho Panza, Cuban

Size: 4×40, Bachilleres

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Strength: Medium

Price: Box of 25, $265+ (Today’s price)

Grade: 9.2

Today’s review is the Sancho Panza Bachilleres, hailing from Cuba.

From everything I read online, this is the mildest and the rarest of the Sancho Panza line of cigars and is from the Fransiscano factory.  Today’s review is a cigar from 2000 and is a line that has been discontinued, so I was very fortunate to be gifted this cigar a few months ago. I’ve been debating when to smoke it, with only one sample, and I figured a relaxing Saturday afternoon while my boys were napping was as good a time as any.

I couldn’t find a lot of information on this one, but if you have some please leave a comment. Now, on to the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Bachilleres is a nice petite size and is in excellent shape to be 11 years old. It has a great triple cap and a well formed foot, and there are no soft spots from head to toe. Along the seams there is some lifting, but nothing significant and the wrapper appears to be holding well. The color of the wrapper is not quite chocolate, but a medium brown with a slight red hue to it. It’s a little rough with some bumps and veins and it has a slight haze or plume to it as well. The aroma of the cigar shows notes of butterscotch, cedar, and a mild cocoa. On the draw, there is a bit of resistance and flavors of hay and cinnamon. Based on the aroma and the draw notes, this looks to be a fairly complex cigar.

Burn, 1.8:
The draw is more open than I suspected and it pulls and lights very well. The ash is very dirty but has a straight burn line and a firm hold for such a small ring gauge. This cigar never burned hot despite the gauge and was consistent throughout – great construction.

Flavor, 2.8:
Up front there are some wonderful notes of sweet cocoa and cinnamon, both of which are smooth and seem to meld together very well. Due to the petite size, the Bachilleres worked into halves rather than thirds. There is a slight must in the first half but overall it is quite sweet with some interesting notes along the way – the primary flavors are cocoa and cinamon. Into the second half, the flavors are a bit bitterer with continued notes of cocoa and cinnamon, along with some mild nuttiness. There are moments of sweet, but they are not as prevalent as in the first half. There is also a bit of cold zest that enters in the final stretch, which creates a nice finish.

Overall, 2.9:
I was very excited to smoke this cigar, and I doubt I’ll come across any more in the future. I don’t smoked aged cigars very often, nor do I smoke a ton of Cubans, so an eleven year old Cuban was a treat for me. The construction was very good and the burn was solid throughout. The flavors were much more complex than I expected due to the age and were medium in body. Overall, this was a great cigar for me. If you come across these be sure to try them – I’ve heard they are great in all years. The price is a bit inflated due to the rarity, but I’m told they were only around $4.50 originally.

(Total: 9.2)