Last summer, I reviewed the Tabernacle Toro by Foundation Cigar Co. and at the end I mentioned that I would be interested in how they might age. Well, it’s been nearly a year now and I decided to do another review of the Tabernacle, but this time I’m reviewing the Lancero!
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: San Andreas Mexico
Filler: Jamastran Valley – Honduras, Esteli & Jalapa Valley – Nicaragua
Vitola: Lancero (7” x40)
Appearance: The Tabernacle is an absolutely gorgeous, regal cigar in appearance. The rich Broadleaf wrapper is dark, toothy, and oily; wonderfully complemented by a gold and gray band bearing the profile of Haile Selassie, 225th King of Abyssinia.
Pre-Light: The Tabernacle Lancero has aromas of cedar, hay, and earth with a cold draw providing some notes of cocoa, pepper, and honey.
First Third: The Tabernacle Lancero starts off with a bang! The smoke is rich and filled with classic notes of black pepper and cocoa with a finish of leather. The retrohale provides strong notes of oak and spice. The Tabernacle Lancero has a wonderful draw with great construction throughout the first third and stands at a solid full bodied, full flavored smoke.
Second Third: The second third of the Tabernacle Lancero begins to take on a whole new profile – displaying the deep complexity in this blend from Nicholas Melillo. Notes of almonds and cedar fill the palate as the black pepper spice from the first third begin to subside creating a lighter, almost velvety mouth feel to the smoke with a savory finish. The Tabernacle Lancero backs off just a little bit in strength, yet remains a full flavored smoke during the second third while maintaining a perfect draw.
Final Third: As the Tabernacle Lancero finally begins to come to an end, the flavor profile continues to provide notes of nuts, wood, and spice as the cocoa and leather notes from earlier have subsided. The retrohale is filled with very sweet, almost honey like, aromas with a touch of pepper and an espresso finish. The Tabernacle Lancero remains a cool and consistent smoke all the way to the end, finishing at a medium-full body smoke.
Overview: Overall, the Tabernacle Lancero was an absolute delight to smoke. It was everything I would want and hope to have out of a Nicaraguan Broadleaf Lancero. It was sweet, spicy, flavorful, complex, and very well constructed. It is fantastic to see what has come out of Foundation Cigar Company so far and I am very excited to see what more comes from Nicholas Melillo and his team.