Cigar Review: CyB Lancero Fino

Cigar Review: CyB Lancero Fino

CyB Lancero Fino

Size: 7” x 38

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano (from La Canela)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Estelí & Ometepe), Peruvian

Strength: Medium


Price: $10.25


Grade: 9.3


The CyB line (formerly Cuenca y Blanco) is not just the brainchild of Jose Blanco and Joya de Nicaragua’s brand owner Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, but it’s a departure from Joya’s usual releases.  I originally reviewed the Lonsdale Club last year and you can see read the review here!


The Lancero Fino is actually the sixth vitola from the line, which was the first blend by Joya since Blanco had signed on as Senior Vice President of the company. While the five initial releases were well-received by smokers, including placing 4th in my top 10 of 2012, this specific line extension is offered to TAA member retailers only.


Despite being known as the originator of the Nicaraguan puro, the CyB was a new venture for Joya de Nicaragua seeing as it uses tobacco from four different countries.


But enough about that let’s toast the foot!

Appearance (1.8): The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper used just has a lovely hue to it and it’s lacking the sometimes obvious veins other wrappers bring to the table. The small pig tail cap was also attractive and allowed for a clean and easy cut.


To the nose this Lancero had a nice bouquet of spices, along with sweet cream, and lots of wood and nut.

Burn (1.9): I can’t describe the draw here as anything short of perfection. While admiring how the cigar held onto its dark, grey ash, I also took note of a heavy carbon ring. One really intriguing aspect to this CyB were the large plumes of smoke, which is not always the case with Lanceros.

Flavor (2.8): From the very beginning the CyB is ripe with lots of nut and wood. While there is a faint sweetness in the back of the draw, it’s impossible to not notice the allspice as it coats the palate. Interestingly enough the flavor profile completely changes up towards the end of the first third.  Nuttiness and a creamy texture come to the front of the draw and the spice moves to the back.


The second third of the Lancero definitely commands a stronger presence than the cigar’s beginning. There is a definitive earthy nature to the flavor overall and the allspice remains; at this point it feels like the flavor and complexity of the blend has finally reached critical mass .


There is a noticeable mellowing of the overall character as the final third begins. The spice notes disappeared and the cigar simply became nutty and creamy, which translated into a fantastic finish.  The CyB Lancero, like the Lonsdale Club, is medium in strength and full of flavor from start to finish.  A true masterpiece!


Overall (2.8): While the CyB Lancero Fino burned a bit fast, it did so evenly and with a supremely fluid draw. The delivery of flavors is solid and the blend can easily described as being confident and not cocky, complex and refined.  A welcome addition to the CyB line up and a Lancero I cant get enough of.


Score:  9.3


Editors Note:  After writing this review news of Jose Blanco’s departure from Joya became public.  I had the great pleasure of spending time with Jose Blanco while attending Drew Estates Cigar Safari this summer and from my experience you would be hard pressed to find a more outstanding ambassador of the cigar industry.  All the best wishes to you, Jose!  I look forward to smoking and talking tobacco with you again!


Cigars for this review were taken off a dinner table late at night in Esteli at the Drew Estate Factory after everyone else had called it a night. I appreciate that I was able to bring a couple back with me and my gratitude in no way influenced this review.