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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

K. A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Don Miller (DonM)
86
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member nirab (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the K.A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero Maduro.

The Hype:
The original flagship 7-20-4 cigar line was Kurt’s first entry into the premium cigar marketplace, and remains a classic today. The blend was created following the acquisition of the defunct 7-20-4 trademark, and was designed as an homage to the iconic New Hampshire cigar factory of days gone by. Paying tribute to the past while showing off cutting-edge use of a variety of unique tobaccos, the 7-20-4 blend starts off with wish a lush Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro wrapper. This exquisite leaf encases a Costa Rican binder and a complex long-filler blend comprised of tobaccos from four different countries - Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, and Mexico.

These premium boutique cigars are hand crafted in small batches in Honduras. Once they've properly aged and made their way into your humidor, you'll find a delicious flavor profile upon lighting up. Staying firmly in the medium-full bodied range, 7-20-4 cigars deliver rich and complex flavors designed to delight the senses of true cigar lovers.


Length:
7.5
Ring Gauge:
38
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Colombia
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Binder:
Colombia
Wrapper:
Brazil
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Long Panatela

This cigar was enjoyed with Lemonade

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

The wrapper had a slight oily feel with very few small veins.  It did have a couple of slightly lumpy spots, otherwise a smoothly rolled cigar.  The cigar was firm to the touch prior to lighting.  The pigtail cap was nicely done and cut clean with a Xikar V cut.  In the packaging, the cedar sleeve and the red band on the foot was nice in presentation.  A very nicely done gold band with red and black.  Upon carefully removing the cedar, it revealed a torn wrapper about an inch from the foot.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The initial burn on this cigar was rather quick and the ash split apart, I have only seen this happen on a few cigars.  The ash was light gray and bit loose and flaky.  The burn slowed down into the 2/3 mark and was very straight. This cigar did produce a lot of smoke throughout. It did not require any re-lighting

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The initial draw on this cigar was a bit loose. Coupled with the quicker burn rate, I suspect a looser roll.  The draw remained fairly less restricted throughout.  The wrapper was nicely done, aside from the small tear near the foot.  The pig tail cap was near perfect

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

1/3  The initial flavors were typical maduro with leather, earth and some spice initially with a slight harshness.  It was medium to medium full in strength

2/3  The spice subsided a bit leaving the leather, earth and a bit of cocoa flavor.  A more blended flavor profile at this point.  A retro hale produced some really nice flavors.  

3/3 The flavors were a bit more complex here, picked up some coffee flavors and definitely a more enjoyable cigar in the end

Summary

Over all, this was a nice cigar.  There were some good flavors throughout, I always enjoy a flavorful maduro cigar and it didn't disappoint me.   The burn rate was a little quicker than expected.  At the right price, I would definitely smoke this cigar again



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