Muestra de Saka is a collection of different cigar blends from Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust, each to be released at separate times throughout the next year. It was unveiled at the 2016 IPCPR and Muestra de Saka translated means “Sample of Saka".
"I liked this a ton. Great flavors in one of my favorite vitolas. Pretty powerful cigar, but there was still a nice range of flavors, and pretty dramatic transitions from yeasty sweetness to dark rich coffee. Only drawback was the rapid burn which seemed to be due to being rather under-filled, at least in the early stages of this smoke. I'd still buy a whole bunch more. " -John I. (John I.)
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"I enjoyed just about everything about his cigar. The construction, burn, flavors and appearance were all excellent. I would buy a five pack and, if I get the same experience, pick up a box. A great medium/full smoke that I'd recommend to others." -Brian (B-daddy)
"This was the loss of sweetness in the final third away from being my favorite thing I have smoked for BMP. Looks great, smokes great, and tastes great. I’d be interested in smoking this in a Robusto if available, because while I liked everything about the flavor experience - I’d have preferred a bit shorter smoking time. " -Bill C. (Bill)
The Lancero is the third in the 1502 XO series. The XO series is an annual release, each year getting a different vitola. 2015 saw the wide release of the Toro, and 2016 was the Churchill, and 2017 saw the Salamon. There is a total of 8 vitolas planned. A limited number of 1502 XO Lanceros were sold in 2016 to keep ahead of the FDA deadline with the wide release happening now.
"This was a winner from beginning to end. An abundance of flavors ranging from chocolate and cocoa to nutmeg and leather. Strength was medium throughout but not mild. I would definitely smoke this cigar again. And I would recommend this to anyone wanting to rethink lanceros. Extraordinary smoke." -Kevin J. (maninblack77)
"I was pleased with this cigar and what it had to offer. Once I gave it the proper respect, the flavors really came together to reward my efforts. Between the chai spices and almond biscotti, I would seek this out again no question." -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Back in November of 2017, Blind Man's Puff published the blind panel review of the Protocol Themis by Cubariqueño Cigar Co. The cigar was a hit with our panelists, scoring a 91 averaged across the 5 panelists who reviewed it. Now, to continue that line, they are introducing this tasty cigar in a fan-favorite Lancero vitola. This new cigar will be officially introduced next month at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.
GEORGE RICO PRIVATE HUMIDOR SELECTION 2007-2008 MLG 7.5 X 38 (LANCERO) Cigar News: George Rico Announces Private Humidor Selection Cigar News: George Rico Announces Private Humidor Selection Miami, Florida, May 21, 2015 – Gran Habano announces the first official release from the Private Humidor Selection by George Rico, a series of heavenly-aged cigars straight out of George’s private reserve. The Private Humidor Selection will come from the 30,000 cigars produced and personally designated for George’s personal use since 2003, and will be eventually released in different blends and sizes.
AaronAllDrew EstateFeaturedHabanoHerrera EsteliJonathan DrewLanceroNicaraguaQuick Cigar ReviewsWilly Herrera·
I feel like the other vitolas are just passable, but this one is one to take note of. I would say that the cigar started out at medium-full strength and then eased back to medium for the final two thirds. I highly recommend that you seek these out.