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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

K. A. Kendall 7-20-4 Classic Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: junglepete
87
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 Sparkling Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Drier to matt finish with a few noticable veins present. There is a sweet barnyard aroma and a little pipe tobacco aroma too. The cannon was mostly even and firmly rolled, except for the first inch from the foot, which was a little looser. I pinched off the pigtail finish and made a cut to even it out.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Very easy to light and a great draw throughout the entire smoke. The ash held well and even, although it did seem a little light. Because of the great roll, the draw was not too tight or too loose and the cigar burned evenly through the entire session. The burn heat was nicely on the cool side.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

This cigar is constructed very well. I get a little nervous with some Lanceros that they might be rolled too tightly, but this particular vitola really was perfect. The pigtail finish twisted off easily enough, and a small cut to even it out left the cap intact. No construction issues during the smoke and I cannot find any way to critique it badly. No cracking, no unravelling, perfect burn.

Flavor: 26 Points of 35 Possible

First Third: Opens up medium bodied and plenty of smoke output. Some slight spice at the back of the throat. A bitter chocolate taste present with some leather notes and charred wood.

Second Third: The spice vanishes, the bitter chocolate taste gets stronger, almost to the point of a wee tad harsh. The cigars remains smooth and easy to smoke, and always plenty of smoke to chew on.

Final Third: I was looking for a sweetness that did not come in this last third. All the previous tastes remained the same and some earthy peat notes joined in. The tastes were similair throughout, but always smooth.

Summary

I would smoke this stick again, but not with sparkling water. Any other beverage to cut into the earthiness a bit would do just fine and increase the enjoyability. High marks on construction for sure, but wanting more refined tastes. Thanks to Brian for the opportunity to try this cigar.



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