Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

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Cigar Details: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Peru
  • Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo
  • Blender: Luciano Meirelles
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 is light brown with some darker marbling and has some slightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being black and white and denoting the line name while the ribbon at the foot is between bronze and gold. The aroma from the wrapper is lightly smoky oak and mild earth while the foot brings wood, sweet bread and baking spice. The pre-light draw brings a musty and airy cedar with a very mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 is firm in hand and finished with a wrapper that sports medium sized veins throughout. It has a nice chocolate brown color, coffee like, and I would say it shows Natural, Colorado and Maduro qualities. Aromas of rich tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, coffee and spices.
John: The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker on the main body of the cellophane so it doesn’t tear when opened. The cigar has a single primary ‘Luciano’ band along with a copper ribbon foot band. Aromas from the wrapper include barnyard and faint earth. From the foot, some sweet tobacco and a milder barnyard.
Jiunn: The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 has an overall Colorado wrapper shade, giving great oil content. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of a pungent barnyard and fresh cut cedar. Aromas from the foot give a blast of black pepper spice and roasted nuts. Cold draw reveals hay and cedar.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, baking spice and a light burning paper note. At a quarter inch in, the burning paper note has dissipated. At a half inch in, a light nuttiness joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the baking spice mellows a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar and mild baking spice. At an inch and a quarter, the nuttiness departs and a light, dry earth joins in. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front with baking spice a bit behind and some dry earth in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some herbal and tobacco notes that are paired with some dry wood and hay qualities. Some earth and mineral notes as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first few puffs bring muted, sweet hay and sweet and mildly dry wood carrying into the post draw. Some mild nuttiness and creaminess come through the center of the retrohale. As the first third progresses, tobacco sweetness and wood finishes the draw. Some mild acidity and tannins develop on the post draw as the cigar continues.
Jiunn: The first third has deep flavors. Plenty rich cedar, sweet hay and balanced dry red pepper spice. The mouthfeel is nice too, being overall medium bodied with mild, mouth coating tannins. Retrohaling gives a big dose of dry red pepper spice. The finish is medium length with a lingering cedar. Strength is medium-full.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the light burning paper note returns. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar with some burning paper and mild baking spice. At an inch in, the dry earth picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front, with dry earth a bit behind and light baking spice and burning paper in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third was in line with the first third. I am picking up some herbal and tobacco notes that are paired with some dry wood, earth and soft spices. Medium in strength and body.
John: The second third opens with creamy wood, baking spices and a bright earth through the middle of the retrohale. Some mild chocolate and dry wood at light levels carrying into the post draw. By the halfway point, medium chocolate is finishing the draw.
Jiunn: The second third shows more red pepper spice and greater tannins. These notes are most noticeable on the finish, which also lengthens it. Slightly less of the sweet hay however. Strength and body remains medium-full and medium, respectively.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, a fair amount of wood bitterness joins the profile and replaces the burning paper note. The retrohale remains toasted cedar with some burning paper and mild baking spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood bitterness has mellowed a bit. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is toasted cedar up front with dry earth a bit behind and baking spice and wood bitterness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third was right in line with the second third. I was getting some herbal notes that were paired with dry wood, earth, soft spices and tobacco qualities. It had this wooden skewer that was just on the grill quality. You have to watch the video to truly understand this reference. Medium in strength and body.
John: Lingering sweet wood takes the start here. Some sweet wood develops and ends up carrying the remainder of the last third profile.
Jiunn: The final third has a bit too much leathery tannins for my liking. Although the other flavors are still there, the overt tannins tips the scale and the profile becomes a bit unbalanced. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but always self corrected. The cigar did go out once at the end of the second third, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Burn was great throughout.
John: The burn was razor straight through the entire review.
Jiunn: Great burn. Even burn, solid ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum putting it in the average category.
Jiunn: A couple notches too tight, but it didn’t hinder the flavor experience all that much.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, baking spice and a light burning paper note. The burning paper note left fairly quickly and a light nuttiness joined in for a bit while some dry earth joined in. The second third saw the burning paper note rejoin and some mustiness joined a bit later. The final third saw a wood bitterness replace the burning paper. The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 had a nice start, but the burning paper rejoining in the second third took the cigar down a level and maintained that enjoyment level while the wood bitterness replaced the burning paper. This is a nice size, but I just don’t see it as something I’d come back to all that often. I would be interested in checking out some of the other vitolas though.
Seth: I did not have any dreams with this cigar. Solid sleep. The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 was an average cigar with a flavor profile that never took off. It wasn’t offensive, but it didn’t have a great core flavor profile. I am more interested in what the group thought of this cigar. I hope I am the lone wolf on this cigar, but it seems like there is a component missing from this cigar from when they initially blended it to when they rolled it.
John: The ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 provided some balanced and complementary flavors through the first two thirds. It was enough to provide both complexity and engagement that made me want to try this cigar again. The burn was perfect, while the draw had a fair amount of resistance to it. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 30 minutes on the nose.
Jiunn: This ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 was a deep flavored cigar. Lots of richness in all flavors presented. This may sound weird, but at times, when a cigar is this deep and rich in flavors, when one of the flavors overtakes another, it can then turn the tables of the profile quite swiftly (in this case the leather tannins). But all in all, very enjoyable and will smoke again.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.03

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.18

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$1.88

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.52

Cost/Point

$1.84

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4
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