Team Cigar Review: Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero

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Cigar Details: Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero

  • Vitola: Lancero
  • Length: 7″
  • Ring Gauge: 40
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Nicholas Melillo
  • Price: $12.75
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Foundation

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero has variations of dark and medium brown with each having a slight red hue. There is a slightly raised vein running down the back of the cigar and the wrapper has a fine tooth to it. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to the color variation while the head is finished off with what appears to be a deep primary cap and a shallow final cap. The band is the traditional design for the line with the burgundy color denoting this variation. The aroma from the wrapper is dark stone fruit sweetness and damp wood while the foot brings prune sweetness and wood. The pre-light draw is cedar with a light stone fruit sweetness and mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero is quite dark and it captures those qualities that are present on Connecticut Havana seed offerings. There are veins present throughout, ranging from small in size to large and the wrapper is toothy as well. It is quite firm, rough in texture and I am picking up aromas of rich earth, stone fruit, spices, leather and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero has a dark, oily, and smooth wrapper. It features a band of gold on red with an image of Haile Selassie in the middle, accented with gold. For aromas, I’m able to pick up sweet cedar and milk chocolate. In the foot, I’m able to pick up milk chocolate and light raisin.

First Third

The cigar begins with charred wood and cinnamon. At a half inch in, some mustiness joins which mellows the char a bit and moves the cinnamon to more of a baking spice. At an inch in, the mustiness takes on a mushroom note. The retrohale brings a musty and toasted cedar. At an inch and a quarter, the mushroom mustiness is up front with the slightly charred wood just behind and the baking spice in the background. As the third comes to a close, the mushroom mustiness and charred wood are at equal levels while the baking spice remains in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third starts out great and is delivering concentrated flavors of fruit stew, licorice, sweet spices, herbal qualities and some grass. I have some rich earth qualities present with that and it’s a fantastic start. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in body, and the same goes for strength. As for flavors, this is full flavored. Great smoke!

First Third

There is an intense bread and baking spice to open the retrohale. The cigar finishes with pepper, and mild earth takes up the middle. The pepper immediately lingers at medium to medium-full on the post draw. Some creaminess starts to develop on the retrohale as the cigar progresses. Stewed plum joins the middle of the profile adding complexity. Once the cigar has established itself, mild cedar joins at the end of the draw. At roughly the 2 inch mark, cocoa and cedar join together. The retrohale creaminess has intensified to medium. Cedar settles into the post draw, being joined by toasted earth a few minutes later.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the lightly charred wood has taken a slight lead over the mushroom mustiness while the baking spice is now quite faint. At a quarter inch in, the mushroom mustiness moves back to the front. The retrohale has the mushroom mustiness and slightly charred wood at equal levels. At an inch and a quarter, the char begins to increase. As the third comes to a close, the char has eased back to it’s original level and is slightly ahead of the mustiness which has lost the mushroom note. The strength remains at medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third, I find a lot of similarities to the first third and while it has not shown that transitioning, the complexity level is great and there is a lot of depth present. The flavors are of fruit stew, licorice, chocolate cake, herbs and grass. Like before, medium-full in body and strength while full in flavors.

Second Third

Cedar takes up the front of the profile leading into the second third. Creamy cedar defines the retrohale, and the post draw is also defined by cedar. As the cigar progresses, mild cocoa breaks into the middle of the profile. At roughly the halfway point, mild toasted earthiness adds some complexity into the middle.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile is musty and charred wood. At a quarter inch in, the char has increased a bit. At a half inch in, the charred wood is up front with the mustiness slightly behind. The retrohale is musty and charred wood. At an inch and a quarter, the char has increased some more, bringing a slight bitterness to the profile. The cigar wraps up with musty and charred wood with a slight bitterness and some mintiness as the cigar has warmed up. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a little bit of transitioning from the second third and I am getting some more peppery spice with the cigar. The stone fruit, licorice, earth and chocolate cake are still present, but the peppery spice is pronounced and leading the way. Like before, the cigar is medium-full in body and strength, the flavors are full.

Final Third

Lingering dry cedar settles into the front and middle of the profile. Creamy cedar still defines the retrohale, with lingering earth on the post draw. Toasted earth takes over the profile once the cigar has settled, and becomes quite bitter and harsh.

Burn

The cigar went out within the first inch and required a re-light. It smoked well until the second half of the middle third when it struggled to stay lit and required three re-lights. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

In terms of burn, the cigar smoked very well from start to finish. It was not razor sharp, but it was very close and presented no problems throughout.

Burn

It started out with an even burn, ash holding on well up to 2 inches. The cigar went out at the halfway point necessitating a re-light. The cigar also went out in the last third requiring another re-light.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with charred wood and cinnamon and then some mustiness joined in fairly soon and changed the cinnamon to baking spice. The mustiness quickly gained a mushroom note that lasted into the second third. The baking spice left and the profile was primarily the musty and charred wood and the char built through the final third. The burn was a big issue and I’m sure the re-lights didn’t help the flavor experience. The Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero had a nice first third, but by the second third became fairly average and maintained that level the rest of the way. Having reviewed the Corona version previously, I felt that vitola had the better showing. I’d be interested in smoking this again to see if a better burn could keep the level of the first third longer.

Draw

Draw was simply fantastic from beginning to end. Great level of resistance.

Overall

You could say that what Nick has done with the Tabernacle brand has been a carryover from his years at Drew Estate with Liga Priva No. 9 and T52. It’s a legit argument. But, even with that argument you cannot deny that he has taken the brand to a higher and superior level. I challenge anyone to say that the Liga offerings are better than the Tabernacle offerings. They are constructed wonderfully from cigar to cigar, consistent from cigar to cigar and much more flavorful. The tobacco he is using appears to be superior and the new blends are better. The Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero is complex from start to finish and while there may not be a lot of transitioning, what is delivered has tons of depth. The Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 line in general is great, but it smokes wonderfully in the Lancero format.

Draw

The draw was resistant, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches. As the cigar progressed, the draw opened to 1-1/2 to 2 notches of resistance, so I averaged the score between the two.

Overall

The Foundation Tabernacle CT Havana Seed #142 Lancero started out with a significant amount of flavor complexity. In the first third, you had bread, baking spices, pepper, earth, creaminess, cedar and cocoa, all combining to provide an enjoyable flavor experience. Unfortunately, the cigar went down in complexity with each third, and by the last third was unbalanced and harsh to the palate. Overall, the first third was my favorite with the entire experience being average. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Very GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGoodSecond ThirdAverage
AverageFinal
Third
GoodFinal
Third
Subpar
SubparBurnVery GoodBurnAverage
AmazingDrawAmazingDrawVery Good
AverageOverallVery GoodOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$2.24

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.78

Cost/Point

$1.64

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$2.41

Scoring System

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