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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

K. A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kid Montana
94
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 Kirkland brand bottled water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

The 7-20-4 Classic Lancero Maduro is a fairly light cigar feeling but is firm in the hand, no mushy or hard spots.  It has a rich earthy pre-light aroma.  There is no evidence of thick veins in the foot, has a lightly oily though rustic maduro wrapper which is slightly lumpy.  I cut with a regular guillotine cutter.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The lancero produces moderate smoke volume, a thin blue-white tail streaming off the cherry at all times.  The first third burn was razer sharp, ash coming off after about 1/2" so don't pick this one for a long-ash competition.  The burn remained generally even, throughout with zero issues requiring corrections or touchups.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

The lancero has an even draw, which is difficult to achieve in a lancero, firm/solid construction, with a sloppy pigtail cap.  The wrapper leaf isn't terribly beautiful but has no thick veins, marks or blemishes.

Flavor: 33 Points of 35 Possible

Initial light puffs are pleasant, hinting at complexity.  Toast, chocolate, earth, a hint of cedar.  Flavors linger on my palate and the retrohale is really awesome.  The smoke is not so strong that it will make the eyes water but just right to get a ton of flavor and complexity out of the retrohale.  The Mexican tobacco profile really comes through, and I can discern the southern Honduras tobaccos' rich earthiness. In the middle I occasionally found notes of almond in addition to the earthiness.  The profile didn't progress much through the burn but remained interesting and punchy to the nub.

Summary

It was a warm evening out here in Phoenix, so I paired the 7-20-4 Classic Lancero Maduro with water.  The cigar isn't the prettiest lancero every produced, but it smoked beautifully from beginning to end.  While the flavor profile didn't evolve much as the cigar progressed, it was a great profile that I truly enjoyed.  A real gem of a lancero and a must-try.



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