La Dueña Cigar Review

September 11, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review 

There’s a freaking silhouette on the band! It’s of a woman and, lo and behold, “La Dueña” means owner, which is an homage to Janny Garcia. The cast of characters involved in the creation and production of this cigar includes: Pete Johnson (who blended this cigar), Janny Garcia (who Pete blended this cigar for; she’s “la dueña”) and the whole My Father Cigar Factory team (who make this cigar).

Talking with some people during the #CHAtweetup2012 I found out that the consensus favorite size for this cigar is the petite lancero but, alas, it was sold out at Burns by the time I got around to shopping. But, rejoice, because I found some at an undisclosed location (alright, THIS is the place) and I think they’re probably right. I’ve smoked the robusto and the belicoso and while both of those sizes are excellent I’m leaning towards the petite lancero, which I will be reviewing momentarily.

There are petite versions of both the robusto and the belicoso that I haven’t tried so that’s why I think I’m probably right about the petite lancero being the best in the line. What I am sure about is that this cigar is beautifully made. Dark, chocolate brown Connecticut shade wrapper that looks very rustic (but the cool kind of rustic – not the Deliverance kind of rustic). It’s an oily cigar that is evenly packed with a pig tail cap.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: petite lancero
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 42
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaraguan
Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaraguan
Price: $38.75/5 Pack | $146.00/Box of 21

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According to Halfwheel, this cigar’s blend is a cross between the La Riqueza and La Casita Criollo cigars and that’s fine with me because I liked both of those cigars. When you take your first few puffs you are greeted with an unadulterated blast of dry spice and hay. But that’s not all, not by a long shot. There’s a deepness to the flavor profile evident here that ranges from fruity flavors (no, really, very tasty and it brings a little sweetness to the mix) to leather and even some chocolate.

This is definitely a complex cigar but it’s not overly strong. It’s not weak either resting comfortably in the medium, medium-full bodied range.

During the second third, chocolate takes on a more prominent role. Spice also gets a big stronger, which is nice and works well with the chocolate flavor. It’s a great mix.

After the chocolate breaks out during the second third the final third sees much of the same in terms of chocolate intensity in the beginning but it eventually goes away. In its place there is a floral sweetness and some spice still lingers.

Medium-full bodied, every La Dueña I have smoked has had an excellent draw and burn. I think most people would like this cigar. True, there is a lot of spice, black pepper really, but there’s just so much else going on and there is a great balance to the flavors that I think almost everyone would enjoy it.

94 points

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