Cigar Review: K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 Lancero
K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 Lancero
Size: Lancero (7.5″ x 38)
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Columbian, Nicaraguan, Mexican, Honduran
Price: $8.30 MSRP
Last weekend I had the opportunity to appear on kissmyashradio and while chatting it up with Abe and the gang the conversation veered to the Kurt Kendall 7-20-4 Lancero. Abe had recently had Kurt on the show and Kurt had given a few of these to Abe and his wife to smoke. Abe had some kind words to say about the smoke, and given my affinity for Lancero’s, I decided I’d grab a few and do a review.
Now for the disclaimer, I am not a regular smoker of Kurt’s lines. The 7-20-4 in the small format (dog walker) isn’t a bad smoke, I just have a few others that I gravitate towards when seeking a quick smoke. The intriguing part of this cigar, besides the Vitola, is the multi-national blend in the recipe. It’s been my experience that complex blends tend to go in one of two directions: Either really good, or, well, you guessed it….definitely not really good. Suspense was in the air prior to lighting up the 7-20-4 Lancero.
By the way, if you want to learn more about the 7-20-4 brand you can check them out at here.
But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!
Pre-Light: (1.8) The 7-20-4 Lancero is an incredibly well presented cigar. The Lancero has a red ribbon banded at the foot, is wrapped in a cedar sheath, and features a slight pig tail at the cap. The K.A. Kendall band artwork on the bad has a nice vintage appeal to it.
The dirty brown wrapper is dry to the touch and has a grainy look and feel to it. There are a few minor veins and some follicles that look like tiny hairs protruding from the wrapper that you can just make out under natural light.
The scent off the foot offers up just a slight aroma of vanilla and almond. The pre-light draw is even more subtle in it’s flavor profile.
Burn: (1.9) Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 Lancero is an excellent example of skilled craftsmanship. Lancero’s are notorious for burn/draw issues, this was absolutely not the case for the 7-20-4. The burn was quite even early on and stayed that way. The draw was perfect with just the right resistance, The ash is firm early on and holds to the inch. I had an issue of ash fall off late in the cigar, but that may have been due to my own carelessness in trying to see what I could do. The nub burns cool to the touch.
Flavor: (2.6) At first light there is a surprisingly strong peppery spice that dominates the first few puffs. About 1/2 an inch in and the flavors begin to emerge, and there are lots of flavors. First I get faint hits of almond and vanilla then dark chocolate and coffee bean come into play. The smoke has a good amount of pepper spice to it with a bit of creaminess and some gentler flavors in the finish.
In the second third the smoke gains in creaminess and the flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and faint hints of almond all step forward while the pepper tapers back a little, but there’s still plenty of it as it rests on my palate on the finish. At this point the 7-20-4 Lancero is a solid medium strength, medium body smoke.
The last third is really where the 7-20-4 Lancero stands out. There is a combination of all the elements in the first two thirds in very nice balance, Pepper, earthy rich tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee bean, all amp up in flavor while the vanilla and almond remain as slightly flirtatious elements just at the fringes of the flavor profile. There is a rich dark profile to the flavor with just a hint of sweetness wrapping things up. As I begin to smoke through the nub I realize the 7-20-4 took a turn and is definitely at a full strength level as I’m feeling a bit of a nicotine kick as I work my way through the end.
Overall: (2.6) The 7-20-4 Lancero is a fantastic example of a Lancero done right. The construction was impeccable. The flavors were rich and striking, especially when the pepper spice receded just a hair and the nuances emerged. I was glad I took up Honest Abe’s suggestion and took the 7-20-4 out for a test drive. It didn’t disappoint and I will certainly be grabbing a few to rest in my humidor.