The Sancho Panza Brand of Cuban Cigars were founded in 1852, and were obviously named after the faithful squire of Don Quixote. As with the story of the Montecristo Brand being traced back to the Count of Montecristo, which was read to cigar rollers working in the factory, I imagine the Sancho Panza’s name was picked up in similar fashion.
The enormous “A” size cigar in the Sancho Panza lineup may have been a tribute to the “Lance” of Don Quixote. Also, the Sancho Panza Belicoso (which I am smoking today) is a bit on the fatter side, as Señor Sancho Panza was a bit hefty as well. :)
The Sancho Panza Belicosos starts out with mild flavors of sweet cedar wood and light creamy tea notes. Toward the center of the cigar, flavors of creamy coffee, roasted nuts and herbaceous notes are added. The final third of the cigar returns to its sweet cedar and tea flavors.
The cigar is devoid of any spice, save for a few hints of paprika in the center, however the lack of pepper spice is instead substituted with a very pleasant salty note, that shines throughout the cigar.
The flavor profile of the Sancho Panza’s are definitely a cigar for a refined palette. A smooth and creamy, subtle yet flavorful Gentleman’s Cigar. I’m sure Don Quixote would have approved!
Note: If you are looking for a powerful after dinner Cuban Cigar, these are not for you. The Sancho Panza Belicoso is best suited for a mild mid-day smoke, or a light after breakfast treat.