Sancho Panza Triple Anejo – Cigar Review

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Up for review is the Sancho Panza Triple Anejo cigar.  It’s billed as a full-bodied beast, so we’ll see.  This one has a very dark wrapper leaf with a nice oily sheen to it.  Once lit up, there is no shortage of flavor – rich, buttery, sweet and earthy up front with a bitter coffee note on the finish.  It quickly becomes apparent that this cigar lacks in smoke production.  The reason isn’t evident, but it takes atleast two puffs to get a nice draw of smoke.  Overall, the flavor on the Triple Anejo was very good, but it was a chore to keep lit and enjoy.  The construction really hurt its score.

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IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Construction: 7/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 39/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Total: 38/50

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7:36 PM
Terry1: The wrapper on the Sancho Panza Triple Anejo has a nice oily sheen to it with a barnyard note to it.
7:37 PM
IamDarren: Agree, dark and oily wrapper. Decent draw after cutting. Getting a cocoa type sweetness on the cold draw.
7:38 PM
Terry1: The draw is about right with cocoa, berry and barnyard notes. Ready to light up and try this cigar!
7:38 PM
IamDarren: alright, bring on the flame
7:40 PM
IamDarren: nice and rich, buttery, sweet and earthy up front with a slightly bitter coffee note on the finish.
7:43 PM
Terry1: Flavorful start. I think you nailed the flavors. Nice sweet and spice combo happening in the sinus. I hope that bitter finish fades quickly.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: I don’t mind it yet. It doesn’t last on the finish and it seems to compliment the sweetness. I could see it being a problem if it heats up though. Might have to smoke it slow.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: mine is off to a lopsided start though
7:48 PM
Terry1: I’m not sure about the smoking slow part. I’m having trouble keeping this cigar going. Takes three to four good pulls to get the cigar smoking after sitting 20 to 30 seconds. I expect this will cause it to overheat at some point.
7:49 PM
IamDarren: agreed, smoke production is all that great. Have to double draw if I let it set long.
7:51 PM
IamDarren: So, whats new? Have you got to smoke any of the samples from the festival?
7:54 PM
Terry1: Yeah some. Tried AJ’s Last Call last week. It was okay. Not his best effort. Most of what I’ve smoked from the festival are not the new blends.
7:56 PM
IamDarren: that’s a shame. Was that the one you bought several of? I have been wanting to try the Enclave.
7:56 PM
Terry1: Oh! Just remembered I tried that AJ blend he did for the festival. Fantastic! Reminds me of some of the Diesels. Did get overly strong for me but I enjoyed it.
7:58 PM
Terry1: The Enclave is on my radar too. Sounds like a good cigar.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: nice, glad you enjoyed it. The Enclave has a Rosado wrapper with a Cameroon binder. Sounds interesting. Probably will have to pay full price to get some though.
8:02 PM
IamDarren: I’m into the second third. It started to heat up and loosing flavor so I slowed down and it improved. Burn hasn’t gotten any worse. Decent flavor overall but with the lack of smoke production its hard to really enjoy it.
8:03 PM
Terry1: Ending the first third of the Sancho Panza. Had to take the band off. It is smoking a little better now. Burn is all over the place. All those nice flavors at the start have turned into a muddled tobacco flavor. I can pick out a mild floral, mild spice, lots of earth and coffee notes. Disappointed at the moment considering I was liking the start.
8:09 PM
IamDarren: the draw seems to be opening up a bit and smoke production is increasing. Helping with the flavor. Still very buttery. Slightly sweet with earth and coffee.
8:10 PM
Terry1: Amazing, now that the cigar is puffing like it should, the burn line has self corrected. It’s not perfect but a whole lot better. I’m letting it rest a little longer too. Without having to take all those puffs to get it burning the flavors are coming back. I must have overheated the tobacco earlier.
8:11 PM
Terry1: Getting the sweetness again with the coffee and earth.
8:11 PM
IamDarren: I guess we are able to coax some decent flavor from this one but it takes some effort.
8:15 PM
IamDarren: with it being so buttery I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point.
8:17 PM
Terry1: Yeah I would agree. Read the CI description. Interesting mix of tobaccos.
8:21 PM
Terry1: Starting the final third. Getting some spice in the sinus. Mild sweetness, earth, coffee. maybe a little graham cracker now. Flavors are picking up in body.
8:21 PM
IamDarren: I think they were shooting for a very bold complex cigar but my flavors have been a little muddy. Sometimes I think you can overblend a cigar.
8:23 PM
Terry1: Yeah good point. I think that’s what happened.
8:24 PM
IamDarren: Looks great on paper but sometimes a cigar with 2 or 3 great flavors is the way to go.
8:25 PM
IamDarren: mine just about went out on me. When i got it going again it heated up and got bitter.
8:25 PM
IamDarren: just starting the last third
8:27 PM
IamDarren: seems like the wrapper is so oily it doesn’t want to burn. The core is still red but the flavor is almost gone until you get the wrapper going again.
8:30 PM
IamDarren: i really enjoy trying new cigars but I’m glad that i am to the point where i have a rotation of cigars that i really enjoy. I don’t think it would be the same if i had to start all over again. Must be getting set in my ways as i get older… lol
8:32 PM
Terry1: I’m the same way. I smoke many more older blends I enjoy vs. new blends.
8:33 PM
IamDarren: and working on the farm i have really learned to appreciate a cigar that i don’t have to babysit like this one. I need to be able to set it on the tailgate for a min and not have it go out on me.
8:33 PM
Terry1: Getting a hint of mint as I near the end. Still has an overabundance of earth and coffee with a hint of sweetness.
8:34 PM
IamDarren: agreed, might be a hint here and there of different flavors but mostly just a slightly mellower version of the first third.
8:35 PM
IamDarren: i may set mine down soon, as it keeps trying to go out on me.
8:35 PM
Terry1: I agree, good construction is as important as the flavor. This one has been a chore to smoke.
8:37 PM
Terry1: I’m about done with mine. I can rate anytime.
8:40 PM
IamDarren: decent cigar with decent flavor, if the construction was better and it produced more smoke i would consider trying it again.
8:41 PM
Terry1: Okay in flavors when they occur. Construction proved to be a problem. Hard to keep lit at times. Not one I’d buy a box of but would smoke again if it came in a sampler.


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