Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero

Alec Bradley Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 7″ x 40
Strength: medium-full
Price: $7.95

Overall Rating: 9.0

Jorge Ahued, proprietor of Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, has long been known as a fan of lancero cigars. Few shops have such an extensive lancero collection, so it only makes sense that Stogies has developed a line of exclusive H-Town lancero cigars with various manufacturers. The other day Jorge told me that, “when it’s all said and done there will be ten different H-Town lanceros”. The latest addition to the H-Town series is an Alec Bradley Nica Puro that was made by the Plasencia family. Like the first edition of the H-Town lancero (see my earlier Room 101 Ecuador H-Town Lancero review), production will be limited to 500 boxes of 20 cigars. Fans of the lancero vitola will certainly want to pick up a box of the Nica Puro H-Town Lancero next time they’re in the Houston area.

Pre-Light: A dark earthen brown wrapper covers the Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town cigar. The Nica Puro lancero is topped off by a pigtail cap. The original Alec Bradley Nica Puro band is complimented by a foot band with the “H-Town” name on it. Interestingly, the original band’s colors fit the Texas theme nicely.

Just a slight leather and nuttiness can be detected from the wrapper of the Nica Puro H-Town Lancero. The unlit foot of the H-Town cigar gives off scents of natural tobacco and chocolate. The cold draw is extremely easy and lets through an earthy nuttiness.

 

Burn: The Nic-Puro H-Town has a smooth and easy draw throughout, and it lets through a good deal of flavorful smoke. From start to finish this cigar has an even burn. For a lancero this cigar holds its ash very well.

Flavor: At the start of the newest H-Town lancero there is a mix coffee and pepper flavors. The Nica Puro H-Town begins with a mixture of white and black pepper on the retrohale that is strong, but not unpleasant. About an inch in, the pepper begins to mellow just a bit to allow through subtle floral, cocoa and natural tobacco hints in the background. During the second third of the cigar there is a pleasing mix cocoa, white pepper, spice and nut flavors. By the halfway point the pepper is equally balanced with the cocoa; the retrohale is a combination of spice and white pepper at this point in the cigar. Entering the final third the pepper begins to really come back. There is a good deal of white and black pepper to end of the H-Town Nica Puro.

Overall: The latest addition to the Stogies H-Town Lancero series does Houston proud in way the Astros or the Texans probably never will. It’s got a nice mix of pepper, coffee, cocoa and nut flavors. In the past I was never a huge fan of lanceros (they feel a little too small for my big hands), but between Willy and Jorge I’m slowly beginning to change my feelings for the size. This lancero is the best size for the Alec Bradley Nica Puro, by far. Personally, I think the Nica Puro H-Town Lancero is a very good cigar that is sure to please full bodied cigar smokers. I’m certainly going to add some to my collection. If you’re a fan of lanceros this is a must try cigar.

Pairing: When pairing the Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town with a drink a Dogfish Head 90 Mile IPA is an excellent choice. For the scotch drinker a Dalmore 18, Glenfiddich 12 or Glenfarclas 12 are all great compliments to the Nica Puro H-Town.

On a side note: Though the H-Town series is exclusive to Stogies of Houston, the previous edition of the H-Town Lancero was available at Smoke Inn Cigars in Boyton Beach, Florida. No word yet on if the Nica Puro H-Town Lancero will be there too. Still, if you’re in South Florida it wouldn’t hurt to stop into Smoke Inn to see if it’s in stock there.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review provided by Jorge Ahued of Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Stogies has one of the largest collections of lanceros including the exclusive H-Town series. No request for review was made, and although Jorge’s generosity is appreciated it in no way affects this cigar review. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to impartially reviewing cigars. 

 

Final photo take exclusively for ToastedFoot by @htowncigarbabe (#allhailthemadqueen)