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El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero. El Viejo Continente is the brand of Daniel Guerrero. A life long cigar enthusiast who partnered up with Emiliano Lagos to create cigars to his likings. And that’s how El Viejo Continente was born. There are several lines available, in several sizes. But Guerrero is also responsible for The Circus cigars.

The cigars come from Esteli, Nicaragua. From American Caribbean Cigars, a factory that made and makes cigars for Carlos Toraño, Gurkha, and Leccia. But also for El Viejo Continente and a few lines they own themselves. The El Viejo Continente Maduro line consists of Nicaraguan filler tobacco. The binder is Habano from Ecuador. The wrapper is Mexican. From San Andres, but that’s almost a given when it’s Mexican Maduro.

Name: El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero
Country: Nicaragua
Factory: American Caribbean Cigars
Size: 7¾x38
Vitola: Lancero
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres Maduro)
Binder: Ecuador (Habano)
Filler: Nicaragua 
Price: €6,40
Cutter: Xikar Xi2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: Indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: Two hours thirty-five minutes
Sponsored by El Viejo Continente

The review

This cigar isn’t a looker. The Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper looks rough. But it has sparkles of the minerals from the rich soil and that’s always a good sign. The silver and gray ring matches the darkness of the wrapper. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong and is a mixture of hay and chocolate.

The cold draw is perfect. With a herbal flavor, including mint. The first puffs are coffee and sugar. Then leather shows up with a hint of herbal spice. And there is also cocoa powder, dry but nice. The flavor changes are nuanced and subtle. After a third, the cocoa or dark chocolate flavor gets stronger, with a slight metallic undertone and some black pepper.

Halfway some grassy and hay flavors join the spicy cocoa. The mouthfeel is a little creamy. The retrohale reveals more spice and a little wood. The final third is stronger with more pepper and more of an edge. It’s no longer pleasant to retrohale due to the pepper. The cocoa disappears and wood is more pronounced. 

The draw is great. The light-colored ash breaks easily though, no long cones with this cigar. The burn is good, although smoking a lancero is a balancing act. Smoke it slow enough to prevent the cigar from getting too hot and thus bitter. And smoke it fast enough so you don’t have to relight it often. That last part failed a few times, but it’s a user error and not a cigar error. The cigar is smooth yet has a bit of an edge that gives it character. The smoke is decent. The smoke time is two hours and thirty-five minutes.

Strength: medium
Flavor: medium

Ministry of Cigars - El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero

diagram courtesy of cigarprofiler

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