The My Father No. 4 Lancero
When asking a seasoned cigar smoker about their favorite vitolas, many often feel obliged to throw in the lancero. I think the reason is this- the wrapper to filler ratio coupled with the skinny ring gauge and long length of the vitola. These factors produce a cool, flavorful, and elegant smoking experience.
My Father Cigars are big players in the industry. The brand is rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua. Gorgeous bands with beautiful presentation really set these smokes apart in your local brick and mortar. The name is a tribute from Jaime Garcia to his father, Pepin, who is a huge influence in cigars today and has an impressive portfolio of work.
The My Father No. 4 Lancero stands at 7 & 1/2 inches x 38 RG- which is the the Cuban standard of the Lancero format, the El Laguito No 1. Nicaraguan fillers and binder are encased in pleasingly oily reddish-brown Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. One of the benefits to a longer cigar is the increased probability for flavor evolution throughout, and the No. 4 blend delivers just that. The lancero starts off medium-light and delicate in body and progressively builds to full at the nub. The No. 4 blend doesn’t lack strength, either. I would put it on medium-full on the strength scale. Dark leather, citrus, espresso, cocoa, and a crisp breadiness drift in and out through the hour and a half smoke time. The best attribute to the My Father lancero is construction. While the ash doesn’t hold for days, the smoke output and draw are perfect- which can be dodgy in a lancero.
The My Father No. 4 Lancero is a great pick for someone looking for a classic New world lancero steeped in Old World tradition. It is 100% box worthy, and most definitely has aging potential. The No.4 is also moderately priced and won’t put a beating on the pocketbook. One can expect to pay 200-250 dollars on the American market for a very sexy box of 23 lanceros.
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