|Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lancero|
The Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lancero was one of three line extensions introduced by Reinado their Grand Empire Reserve (GER) line at the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show. In addition to the Petit Lancero, a corona gorda, and a box-press Toro were introduced. Back in 2012, Reinado had launched the first vitola in the GER line which was a box-pressed robusto called Elegidos. The Elegidos showcased the promise of this line as it finished as an Honorable Mention in our 2012 Cigar of the Year countdown. Today, we take a closer look at the Petit Lancero While the Grand Empire Reserve line has a common set of blend components, I’ve found each vitola delivers a unique cigar experience from the others. In the case of the Petit Lancero, this is the size that stands at the top of the mountain for Reinado. This is without a doubt a money cigar for Reinado – and one that I truly enjoyed.
Last month when we reviewed the Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Toro, we provided a little context on Reinado Cigars:
Reinado Cigars was founded by Antonio Lam. The company is preparing to celebrate its five year anniversary next year. The company’s focus has been around making Nicaraguan puros. Reinado has differentiated itself by using its own (and undisclosed) unique fermentation process. The company has two cigar lines, the core Reinado line and the Grand Empire Reserve line. Lam has been methodical in building these lines and has not expanded too fast. The result is products that have been well-received in the marketplace. This year, prior to IPCPR we named Reinado as one of our 2013 “Five Boutiques to Watch.”
Without further ado, let’s break down the Reinado Grand Empire Petit Lancero and see what this cigar brings to the table:
The Reinado Grand Empire Reserve blend is a Nicaraguan puro.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Select Maduro
The Grand Empire Reserve line now has four vitolas that are available, with a fifth on the way. While we will focus on the Petit Lancero for this assessment, we mention the other vitolas for completeness. The line is now being referred to as the Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Premium Collection line.
Limited Edition Petit Lancero: 6 x 38 (10 count boxes – only 250 boxes produced)
Box-Press Toro: 6 x 52 (10 count boxes)
Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46 (10 count boxes)
Elegidos (Box Press Robusto): 5 x 55 (20 count boxes)
The Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lanceo has a coffee bean colored wrapper with some dark spots. The lancero seems to show a little bit of colorado red to it. The surface of the wrapper has a slight amount of oil on it. There are several visible veins and visible wrapper seams. The wrapper also had a slight ruggedness to it – which gave the cigar some charm.
There is a secondary band that sits just below the primary band that is unique to the Grand Empire Reserve line. The band is gold with the text “GRAND EMPIRE RESERVE” in black font. There is a black pinstripe above and below that text.
As I usual do before most of the cigars I talk about on this web-site, I went with my usual choice of a straight cut to remove the cap. Once the cap was successult clipped, I moved on to the pre-light draw. The dry draw started with some coffee notes, with a bit of a sharper pepper spice. Overall I considered the pre-light draw to the Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lancero to be excellent. At this point, I was ready to light up this cigar and see what else was in store.
|Burn of the Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lancero|
Strength and Body
When I assessed the Grand Empire Reserve Toro, I found it to be dialed back in terms of both strength and body compared to when I first smoked a pre-release of the Elegidos. At that time I could not attribute if this was because of the vitola change or because the tobaccos being used were more mature. Since that review, I have revisited the Elegidos and have now assessed he Petit Lancero. For both of these vitolas (including the Elegidos), I found the strength and body in-line with the Toro. As a result, I’ll infer this is due to the maturing of the tobacco in the blend.
As I mentioned at the start of this assessment, the vitolas of the Grand Empire Reserve do a great job at each delivering a unique cigar experience. In terms of the Grand Empire Reserve Petit Lancero, this vitola is going to have a little more of a gritty flavor profile – particularly in the first third. The influence of the Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper can definitely be detected on the tongue and in the nasal passages. The “grittiness” gives the Petit Lancero a little more of a rough feel – and that’s not a negative. In fact I think that somewhat what sets the Petit Lancero apart from the other vitolas. This is a cigar I would easily recommend to both novice and experienced cigar enthusiasts. I’d also encourage somewhat who has smoked the other vitolas of the Grand Empire Reserve to try this in the petit lancero format because they will be in for a treat. As for myself, this is not only a cigar I’d smoke again, but one that I would recommend a box purchase for.
Strength: Medium (1st 2/3), Medium to Full (Last 1/3)
Body: Medium to Full
Assessment: 4.0 – Box Worthy
Source: The cigar for this assessment was provided by Reinado Cigars. The sample received was in order to provide feedback. Cigar Coop is appreciative for the samples, but in no way does this influence this write-up.