Team Cigar Review: A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante

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Cigar Details: A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante

  • Vitola: Lancero
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 37
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo
  • Blender: Luciano Meirelles
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: A.C.E. Prime

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante is a medium reddish-brown and has some marbling. There is a network of veins present with some slightly raised. The seams are smooth but visible in some areas due to the wrappers color variations. The head has a well applied triple cap that has a little flag finish. The band is black with a gold, anatomically correct, heart with gold and white lettering and some gray borders. The aroma from the wrapper and foot are barely detectable and it is just a light general wood. The pre-light draw is a mellow mix of leather and hay.

Pre-light Experience

The A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante has a veiny, lumpy appearing wrapper, chocolate brown in color. The cigar band is copper, with a copper heart and silver accents on a black background. There is an interesting complication of a pigtail cap. At 7-1/2 x 37 ring gauge this is very close to a true lancero. Nosing the wrapper I’m able to detect leather and cedar, with light cedar in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty cedar and baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice picks up a little bit. At an inch in, the musty cedar and baking spice are melding well. The retrohale brings a more concentrated version of the same profile. At two inches in, the mustiness has increased a bit, creating a slightly smoother overall profile. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

Bread, creaminess and baking spices to open the first third. Those baking spices gain white pepper on the post draw. The baking spices intensify rapidly to medium plus. Leather joins the post draw as the cigar progresses. Hints of cocoa as the first third settles in. The profile becomes largely cedar with mild baking spices for the remainder of the first third.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the musty cedar and baking spice are at equal levels. At an inch in, a faint creamy coffee joins the profile. The retrohale carries the same profile but with a slightly fuller version of the creamy coffee. At two inches in, a light vegetal note joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the baking spice hits first on the draw, quickly followed by the musty cedar. The creamy coffee and vegetal notes have gone away. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

Cedar drives the profile moving into the second third. The post draw pepper from the first third has faded completely away by this point. Some mild baking spices lay just under the cedar flavor. As the second third settles in, the cedar begins to carry into the post draw, taking over. At the halfway point, cinnamon joins the middle of the profile and also carries into the post draw.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the cedar gains a slight char to go along with the mustiness and the baking spice is now in the background a bit. At an inch in, the char picks up a bit on the musty cedar. The retrohale is now just musty cedar. At an inch and a half in, a slight vegetal note returns to the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, some dry earth joins the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Final Third

Cedar carries the flavor profile into the last third. As the third begins, it seems to be a carbon copy of the second third. Mild baking spices and cinnamon, again mirroring the experience from the second third.

Burn

The burn was perfect through the first four inches and then the cigar went out three times in quick succession requiring re-lights. It was a bit wavy from that point on. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The cigar has a straight burn through the entire experience. The ash holds on consistently about 3/4 inches at a time.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started with musty cedar and baking spice and that was the core through the entire smoking experience. There were some moments of creamy coffee and vegetal notes. Construction was great other than a short window in the end of the second third where the cigar didn’t want to stay lit. Strength built from mild-medium up to medium. Overall, the A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante had a good flavor profile. It was a small core number of flavors, but they were good. This is my first experience with the brand and it has me interested in smoking their other offerings. For fans of musty cedar and baking spice, this is a definite try or for those that like a flavorful and mellow profile. This is also a good choice for Lancero fans.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Average
GoodFirst
Third
Average
GoodSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AverageBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawAmazing
GoodOverallAverage

Draw

The draw has at most a 1/2 notch of resistance, still in the ideal zone.

Overall

I found the A.C.E. Prime A Cuban Experience El Elegante to have excellent burn and construction. The flavor experience, while pleasant, was overall fairly average. I was able to pick up bread, creaminess, baking spices, cinnamon, leather, cedar and some sweetness. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$2.30

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.61

Scoring System

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