Brand: Emilio Cigars Country: Nicaragua
Size: Lancero 7 x 40 Wrapper: Habano Rosado
Price: ~$9.00 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
This cigar has been on my radar for some time because of this label. It’s in Greek! I don’t know of any other cigars that feature anything besides Spanish or English on the label. If Uncle Jessie from Full House were shopping around for a cigar, he’d probably settle on this one. Because it’s Greek…
Aside from the Greek, this label is all over the place stylistically. With three different languages and three different fonts, the La Musa suffers a bit from multiple personality disorder, a characteristic that extends beyond the label to the flavor profile of the cigar.
What We Liked:
The La Musa Lancero keeps things interesting throughout the entire 7 inch smoking journey, offering up a complex and shifting flavor profile, each puff has the potential to bring something new.
The experience begins with a spicy, slightly harsh bite that catches in the back of your throat but eventually develops into a rich nuttiness that retains none of the initial spice. I like to use analogies when writing cigar reviews and for a really long time, I sat here trying to think of a celebrity that was known for being harsh but then mellowed out over time. Perhaps if Simon Cowell ever turns into a nice guy I can revisit this review.
After the nuttiness, a faint sweetness appears on the stage like a frightened American Idol contestant, never to make it out of the initial audition. I can’t call the La Musa sweet, but it gets as close to being sweet as you can without quite crossing that line.
Overall, the La Musa experience was quite pleasant. Surely this was due in part to the sunny and unseasonably warm smoking conditions (take THAT polar vortex!) but the cigar itself contributed its fair share as well.
What We Didn’t Like:
The first inch or so of this cigar was not enjoyable. Granted, I had a sample size of one here, but the harsh beginning to the La Musa left me with a literal and figurative bad taste in my mouth. Luckily, the flavor improved over time, but first impressions are important.
In terms of strength, this bad girl started off with a medium body and got a bit milder over time. Typically, I prefer fuller-bodied cigars, but appreciate that others will enjoy this lighter smoke.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes, you should, if only to experience the unique shifting characteristics of this spicy-nutty-almost sweet cigar. If you like mild-to-medium bodied cigars, then I recommend picking up a 5-pack of the La Musa. I wouldn’t dive right into a box here, but definitely worth a shot to see where this cigar fits into your wheelhouse.
Disclaimer: Cigar smoked for review was provided by Emilio Cigars