Cigar Review: Blanco Nine Minutos (Best Quick Smoke?)

Yes, I’m still on a Blanco kick, I have to admit. They just really tick off everything I love in cigars. I’d even say it’s surpassed Padron for my overall favorite brand. The flavors, build quality and overall experience makes for a great cigar and they’re a US-based company and I always love buying from US based companies.

So you don’t have an hour plus to sit back and enjoy a cigar? Welcome to the problems the modern cigar smoker faces. You don’t want to toss out a half-smoked super premium cigar if your job, family, etc. calls. It’s a total waste and cigars just don’t taste good after being put out for some time and relit later.

Enter the Blanco Nine in Minutos. It’s everything that we’ve come to know and love from the Blanco Nine in Lancero but in a shorter form (4″ x 38 RG) for those situations when you just don’t have that much time to sit down and enjoy a cigar but you absolutely refuse to skimp on quality and taste. These also won’t burn a hole through your wallet at $3.39/stick**. As with all the vitolas in the Blanco Nine series, this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro featuring an Oscuro Corojo wrapper, Jalapa binder and Triple Ligero long filler.

First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful full-bodied, buttery smoke featuring flavors of roasted nuts, dark chocolate, espresso and a peppery finish and retrohale. Getting into the first third the body mellows out slightly to a medium/full dialing back the pepper just a little bit and retaining all the other great flavors making for a bold yet smooth smoke. Flavors remain consistent throughout, ending at a 30 minutes where the smoke goes too warm for me. Strength matches the body at medium/full. Near razor-sharp burn.

Between the rich complex taste and the more than ample nicotine kick, this cigar packs a lot into a small package. This would be a perfect cigar for a lunch break smoke. Of course, if you already love the Nine in Lancero (which I absolutely do) you’ll love this; it’s just about half the smoke time. You just can’t go wrong with it.

Rating: 4.5/5.

**Price as direct from Blanco Cigars online store.