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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

K. A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Murphy223
90
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

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

I'm not typically a Lancero guy but was up to the challenge.  I really liked the look of this stick.  It had a nice brown wrapper with a pigtail cap, a red ribbon at the foot and was surrounded by a nice cedar sleeve.    It was not an oily wrapper, had a few slight veins but overall looked great.
Pre-light draw hinted of peppery spice and dark chocolate.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I toasted it and I was on my way.  The draw was great and remained consistent throughout. The burn was spot on and it lasted about 75 minutes for me. It was not too smokey and held a nice ash throughout.  Solid.



Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

This cigar just felt Solid. It was very well made, seemed to be packed perfectly.  As mentioned, the draw was consistent throughout.  I had no issues whatsoever such as needing to touch up or to re-light.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

While the pre-light draw hinted of chocolate, to me the actual flavor profile was fairly complex.  It started out with a strong peppery but blended slightly into a somewhat creamy mix of coffee, chocolate and leather but the pepper spice was consistent throughout.

Summary

First off I want to thank the group for allowing me, a relative newcomer to review this cigar and also "Thank You" to Brian for providing the sticks.  It is greatly appreciated. 

To summarize my experience: I really enjoyed this cigar.  It was well constructed, had a good draw and complex flavors.




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