Top 5 Lancero Cigars

July 13, 2022

Top 5 Lancero Cigars of 2022

The lancero size might not be super popular among the masses, however, it is known as the favorite size among true aficionados.  This is due to its look, which is long and thin.

While most ordinary smokers want a more traditional-looking cigar, cigar nerds such as myself realize that a lancero size can really optimize your flavor and smoking experience.

It is with that in mind that I have decided to put together my second list of the best 5 Lancero cigars.  While there is some overlap with my previous list, some of these are either brand new cigars or lanceros that have just been smoking greatly lately.

These top-notch Lancero Cigars are all available in a sampler link below.

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Oliva Serie V

Wrapper Type – Sun-grown Habano

Binder – Nicaragua

Filler – Jalapa Valley Ligero

Country of Origin – Nicaragua

Strength – Medium-Full

Size – 7 x 38

Smoke Time – 90-100 Minutes

The Oliva Serie V is one of the most consistent cigars on the market.  Its been around for a decade, yet every year receives critical praise and Top 25 mentions.  This year we saw it reach the number 6 spot but in its lancer format.

All of the flavor and intensity you love from the Serie V line are amplified in this lancer size.  Notes of earth, chocolate, and peanuts combine for a wonderful bouquet of flavors, made all the better by its thinner size.

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Muestra de Saka #NLMTHA

Wrapper Type – Nicaragua

Binder – Nicaragua

Filler – Nicaragua

Origin – Nicaragua

Strength – Medium

Size – 7 x 38

Smoke Time – 90-100 Minutes

It is a known fact that legendary blender Steve Saka is not a fan of lancer sizes.  However, he is a fan of giving his customers what they ask for, and what they wanted was a lancer.  So, as Steve does, he set about to make one of the finest lancer cigars on the market.  His anger at having to make one is reflected in its name, which stands for “Now Leave Me The Hell Alone”.

Featured in the Muestra de Saka line, Steve keeps this blend a secret.  However, we do know that is incredibly smooth, sophisticated and in his words refined.  This medium-bodied smoke has become a collector’s item for lancer smokers everywhere.

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Herrera Esteli Broadleaf

Wrapper Type – Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder – Brazil

Filler – Nicaragua

Country of Origin – Nicaragua

Strength – Full

Size – 7 x 38

Smoke Time – 90-110 Minutes

Herrera Esteli Broadleaf in the 7 x 38 Lancero size is loaded with rich Cuban-style flavors from tobaccos  grown on the Drew Estate farms in the fertile Esteli growing region in Nicaragua. With each and every puff, this full-bodied smoke has delicious flavor notes of chocolate, black cherry, earth, and cream on the backend.

The Herrera Esteli Broadleaf sits next to a pedigree of Herrera Esteli cigars that have garnered a slew of 90-plus ratings. This 7 x 38 stogie arrives in a box of 15 and discover this Cuba-inspired creation that belongs in a well-seasoned smokers’ humidors today.

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Leaf by Oscar Maduro

Wrapper Type – Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder – Honduras

Filler – Honduras

Country of Origin – Honduras

Strength – Medium-Full

Size – 7 x 38

Smoke Time – 90-110 Minutes

Made famous by creator Oscar Vallarades, next up on the Top 5 Lancero Cigars is the Leaf by Oscar Maduro. This delicious 7 x 38 Lancero is a perfectly rolled Honduran blend that will have your mouth watering from start to finish.

Although at first glance, this may not be the most flattering cigar, once you remove the shoddy piece of tobacco leaf used as cellophane, you will discover seamless construction as well as an oily wrapper. This medium to full-bodied smoke has delicious flavor notes of chocolate, coffee, cedar, and some subtle floral components.

Arriving in a bundle of 20, you can snag this iconic brand online today!

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Crafted by Aganorsa Leaf

Wrapper Type – Nicaragua

Binder – Nicaragua

Filler – Nicaragua

Country of Origin – Nicaragua

Strength – Medium-Full

Size – 7.50 x 40

Smoke Time – 100-110 Minutes

Last but not least on the Top 5 Lancero Cigars is the Crafted by Aganorsa Leaf. With a unique character, rich taste, and complexity, Aganorsa leaves were utilized to enhance this delicious Nicaraguan puro covered by a dark and oily Maduro wrapper. 

Medium to full-bodied, and brimming with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, pepper, and sweet cream, the captivating taste of Aganorsa tobacco leaves come shining through with every fragrant draw.

Arriving in an affordable bundle of 10 from JR Cigar, and get ready to discover why Aganorsa is the choice tobacco of many of the most notable cigar manufacturers in the industry today.

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Top 5 Lancero Cigars of 2020

Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero

This was the first Drew Estate release to bear the name of their new master blender, Willy Herrera.  It has since become one of their most popular cigars and has been lauded by review sites and publications.  While I’ve been a fan of nearly all sizes of the Herrera Esteli, this limited lancer really hits home.

Using a blend of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, covered by a flawless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, this cigar is packed with rich and zesty flavor.  Its construction is bar none and is the perfect example of how a blend can be elevated in this size.

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Oscuro Lancero

The name of this cigar might be a mouthful, but that’s also the amount of flavor you’re going to get from it.  The LFD Double Ligero was always a top choice for full-bodied smokers and in this size its even better.

By using the Ligero tobaccos as well as the dark, Oscuro wrapper, this cigar is one of the strongest and most flavorful out there.  In the lancero size, however, it takes just a bit off the strength but really pushes the flavor-forward, making it a bit more complex and balanced.

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Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno

Ok, this is technically more of a Lonsdale then a lancero.  However, when I found out I had the chance to put this on my list I couldn’t resist.  The Numero Uno was once a cigar only reserved for diplomats and heads of state in Nicaragua.  It was then made an event only cigar and is now released in very small batches.

This is one of my favorite cigars form this year’s trade show.  I would have included it in our Top 25, however, the rarity of it made it not feasible to include.  However, this is, in my mind, one of the best Connecticut wrapped cigars ever created and worth the trouble tracking down.

You all have spoken and Nick has delivered. Here are his 2019 best lancero cigars. Let us know what your favorite lancero cigars are and how about you guy buy them now at




Warped Cigars

El Oso


Tatuaje Cigars

Skinny Monsters


Joya de Nicaragua

Antano Gran Reserva


Southern Draw

Firethorn Pome


Drew Estate

Unico Series: L-40



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