These came in a while back and I’ve been sitting on a few of them in the new lancero size, along with some of the minis which also are reblended versions of the original, which I reviewed here.
As you know, Don Cervantes is a luxury blend put out by ACC Cigars and tend to consist of aged tobaccos, some of which may be as old as 50 years in age. The cost of their cigars is due in part to the age of the tobacco and the skill required to roll tobacco that old. You can’t use everyday rollers and have them roll vintage tobacco. You’ll lose too much.
Per usual, the cigar has an even burn. The pre-light notes are typical of raisin and light stone fruit, but a torch to toast the foot reveals a semi-sweet smelling smoke. The first draw is easy, and the burn line is razor straight.
Notes of wood, pepper, intense leather and hints of oak come from the cigar at various points, but the pepper and spice remain up front. Honestly, it’s rather refreshing. I’ve had a number of cigars with Connecticut wrappers and I enjoy them, but the refined version of Don Cervantes tends to surpass all of them. This new version is incredible, and has a stronger profile than the original, but remains balanced. You ever have a cigar that is a mild blend but certain flavors dominate? Not that it’s a bad thing, but when you’re seeking that delicate balance, this is a cigar that stands out among my 20 years of being a cigar aficionado.
A medium finish with an easy draw makes this an even better cigar for those who don’t prefer the stronger taste of maduros.