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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

K. A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Mautrak
89
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 Bourbon

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

The construction looked good. The cap was tight. The cedar wrapper/sleeve was a nice touch.  Pre light the cigar smelled sweet, like hay, and like the cedar sleeve. I used a Xicar v-cutter, and it cut clean.  A very small tear, but not a problem.  The cigar wrapper looked like dry leather, but the cigar itself wasn't dry.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

It lit evenly, though at only a 38 ring gauge it would be tough to light unevenly. Good smoke production for a lancero. The ash was holding on strong through the first inch.  I continued to be surprised at the smoke when puffing there was so much. I had no complaints on the burn.  It was even, and kept lit while sitting.  The ash was white to gray, and held on past the first inch. It required a relight at the 2" mark or so, but it wasn't the cigar's fault - I walked away for a good five minutes. The ash didn't hold on as tight as time went by.  About half way through and the ash would fall off at the 1/2" mark. Through the remainder of the cigar that was the case.  The ash would fall off suddenly and only about 1/2" long.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

A nice tight abbreviated pig tail cap. It felt firm near the cap, but softer down near the foot.  The draw just was right.  If anything it could have been a bit tighter, but only if I was being picky. The construction remained good from start to finish.  No soft spots developed.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

Initial flavors on lighting were tobacco and char or dark toast. Nothing too exciting to start with. Slight pepper on the retrohale, but not much. The cigar didn't have much personality until about 3/4" inch in and then I started to notice dark chocolate and coffee notes.  It developed more personality at the 1-2" mark.

Summary

This was my first Kendall cigar.  The standard by which I usually judge Cigar Geek review cigars is whether I'd want to buy more with my own money or not.  I'd be happy to have paid money for this, and if I see them come up on a sale somewhere, I'd certainly consider adding it to my humidor.  It didn't start off as much, but it improved as time went on, and by the time I was half way through the cigar I was very happy with it.  It is not a fast smoke being 7-1/2" long.  I was about an hour into it and only at the half way mark.  Some plan some time to enjoy this one.



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