Video review HERE.
Stack Cigars has just introduced Lancaster. This cigar features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper on Nicaraguan binder and filler. It is blended by AJ Fernandez's father, Ishmael, and produced in the AJ Fernandez factory. It is available in 4 sizes. Earlier this week I had the corona version and it was a pepper bomb! Let's see how the toro stacks up.
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Boardleaf
Available in these sizes:
Corona - 5x42
Robusto - 5x50
Toro - 6x50 REVIEWED TODAY
Gordo - 6x60
The cigar is very dark with little oily shine. Here is a shot of the foot.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a little firmness. The initial flavors were an orange citrus with cream and dark roasted coffee. There is a massive amount of black pepper which I rated at a 9 1/2. There is a nice sweetness in the citrus and cream but the black pepper overshadows them. The finish is a sweet cream at this early stage.
About one inch and you need to add 5 minutes to all the times shown. I forgot to start the timer! There is so much black pepper it is a little hard to pin down the flavors but they seem to be as I described. You can also add some dry cocoa at this point. The cigar is medium to full bodied. Black pepper fans should take note of this cigar!
Close to the midpoint there is a nice brown sugar that has appeared. It is very sweet and nice. The cigar is still medium to full bodied and I expect it to hit full bodied soon. The other front end flavors are still in play but the brown sugar is very nice.
With about 2 inches remaining the citrus notes are becoming subtle. In their place the cocoa has blossomed into full blown chocolate with the nice brown sugar. The coffee may be interpreted as an espresso since it's so deep flavored. The black pepper may have toned down just a tad but it's still very prominent. The cigar is pretty much full bodied at this point. The finish is unchanged.
This has been a very good cigar. For a new cigar to hit the market it's a bit of a crap shoot but this one passes my test. There is a massive amount of black pepper with nice sweet flavors, starting with citrus and cream but transitioning into chocolate and brown sugar. The cigar ended at full bodied. I enjoyed this cigar very much. Black pepper fans will love this cigar. Go to their website and give them a try!