MAB Reserve Natural Lancero

MAB Reserve Natural Lancero. If you never heard of this cigar, that is not your lack of knowledge. This brand is quite big in Slovakia but you can’t find it easily outside Slovakia. The main cigar importer and distributor for Slovakia is the company behind the MAB brand. It’s their private label, and they sell a lot of them at their Dom Cigar Shops in the country. Outside of Slovakia, I only encountered the brand in The Netherlands, and only for a brief period of time.

There are several European cigar importers with private labels. I am surprised that none of them do a quid pro quo. It’s easy for one distributor to say to another “if you distribute my brand in your territory, I will distribute your brand in mine”. If My&Mi would do that, this Dominican made cigar would be available in more countries. And the blend with Dominican filler and binder with a Cuban seed wrapper would get more attention.

The cigar looks good. A nice dark and oily wrapper. A pigtail is always bonus points when it comes to presentation. The beige ring with gold and dark red is simple. A nice ring would make the cigar look better. The construction feels good. The cigar has a strong aroma of hay, barnyard, and livestock smells.

The cold draw is great. There is a little bit of chocolate in the cold draw, but also leather. After lighting, the cigar has coffee, earthy notes, a bit of dark chocolate, hay, and pepper. The flavors evolve to salt and spices. The flavors change again. Leather, salt, wood, and pepper. The spice and wood get a little sweet note. The sweetness gets more pronounced with dark spices and wood. In the end, leather makes a comeback while the sweetness disappears.

The draw is fantastic. Lanceros are not only one of the most difficult vitolas to smoke, they are also one of the most difficult cigars to roll. This one is fantastic, kudos to the torcedor. The ash is light in color, dense, and firm. The burn is straight as an arrow and slow. The smoke is thick and white. Plentiful too. This cigar is medium in body and medium in flavor. It starts without balance, but halfway that balance is rectified. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I need a few more to make up my mind about this cigar.

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