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Cigar Review: Swag Elite

6 May 2013

Swag EliteThis is a terrific cigar, one I think you’ll enjoy smoking from the foot all the way down to the head, which is seven inches away.

For those who still think of Dominican cigars as a generally punch-less division, producing only the occasional hard-hitters like Opus X or some La Flor Dominicanas, it’s time for reconsideration.

This cigar has power. Not a heavyweight, but by no means a lightweight, either. Think Mayweather rather than Klitschko. It’s also nicely balanced and smooth. And the flavors are diverse. In fact, it’s about all you could ask for in a satisfying smoke, including a retail price of only $6.51 before taxes.

With many smokers these days opting for larger and larger ring gauges, lanceros aren’t among the most popular vitolas. Many lines eschew them altogether. That seems a shame because many cigars perform excellently with a small ring gauge, such as this 38, and a long barrel.

I didn’t detect much aroma on the pre-light or the cold draw. But when lit, I was hit with a cinnamon spice, quickly followed by citrus and fruit. That one-two combination continued through the first half or so, then the cinnamon drifted away and was replaced by the tastes of nuts and leather, again with the fruit components.

Construction was excellent and the draw was just right in those I smoked. And while smoking slowly is always best with any cigar, it can be absolutely critical with a lancero because of how rapidly the thin stick can overheat. I made an extra effort to slow down and it paid off.

Regular readers know I’m an Oliveros/Boutique Blends fan. This is another winner in its stable. I give it four and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

photo credit: Oliveros Cigars

2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Swag Elite”

  1. Monsterdg Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I really like Swag, I'm looking forward to trying this vitola.

  2. irateiconoclast Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Nice stick, medium in body with pleasant sweet, banana-like notes. Smoked slow and cool. Much less of a nicotine kick than the "Fierce" torpedo, which I also enjoyed. Never mind the corny "Swag" name–these are well-made cigars that folks (like myself) who often smoked ligero-laced Nicaraguans will enjoy. This is the mildest Swag I've smoked, but still very flavorful.