Through the years, cigar brands have been founded in a large number of different counties before eventually becoming available for the U.S. market, from Germany to Mexico to Haiti.
One of the more interesting brand stories is that of Dr. Stefan Lampert, who launched his own cigar company in 2016 dubbed My Cigar Lab. Based in the country of Liechtenstein—a German-speaking country located between Austria and Switzerland—My Cigar Lab was founded on the belief “everyone should be able to customize its cigar according to his/her demands.”
However, it was not until May 2021 that Lampert’s creations made their U.S. debut under the appropriate name of Lampert Cigars. The first U.S. release for the company was the Lampert 1675 Edición AZUL, which was a three-vitola line made up of an Ecuadorian wrapper, Nicaragua binder and fillers tobaccos from Nicaragua and Peru.
A second line followed earlier this year, when the Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo debuted during TPE 2022. Blend-wise, the 1675 Edición Rojo incorporates an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and four-year-old filler tobaccos sourced from both the Condega and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua.
There are currently three different vitolas in the Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo line, all of which are packaged in 20-count boxes:
- Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo Short Robusto (3 3/4 x 52)
- Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo Robusto (5 x 50)
- Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo Toro (6 x 52)
As is the case with the company’s Lampert 1675 Edición Azul line, the 1675 Edición Rojo is being rolled at Omar Ortez’s AgroIndustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A. factory located in Condega, Nicaragua.
- Cigar Reviewed: Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo Robusto
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: AgroIndustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A.
- Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Length: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Robusto
- MSRP: $12 (Box of 20, $240)
- Release Date: February 2022
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
A somewhat dull milk chocolate brown wrapper greets me when I pick up the Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo, although there are a number of very obvious bumps and veins visible as well. One sample has a small soft spot near the foot of the cigar, and all three are quite firm when squeezed. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of light oak, manure, leather, nuts and milk chocolate, while the foot brings notes of stronger oak and nuts as well as sourdough bread, white pepper, barnyard, hay and indeterminate sweetness. Finally, after a straight cut the cold draw includes flavors of yet more distinct oak, creamy cashews, toasted bread, hay, a slight vegetal note and dank earth along with a touch of white pepper.
After what I picked up on both the aroma and cold draw, it is not exactly a surprise when an oak flavor easily tops the profile of the 1675 Edición Rojo from the start, although it is creamier in nature than I might have anticipated. That is only accentuated by cashew flavor that joins the oak at the top of the profile after about 10 puffs, followed by additional notes of tea leaves, barnyard, earth, leather, hay, and very light cinnamon. The retrohale is full of both white pepper and honey sweetness, the latter of which does seem to be getting stronger as the first third burns down. On the construction front, all three samples are giving me no issues whatsoever with either the draw or the smoke production so far, but one cigar does run into issues with its burn that needs a quick correction with my lighter. Flavor ends the first third at mild plus, while both the body and strength hit a point about halfway between mild and medium.
The two main flavors of the cigar change places during the second third, with the creamy cashew note taking the crown from the oak flavor. Secondary notes include not only more gritty earth, leather and hay, but also new flavors of flour and dark chocolate, although I do taste a distinct clove flavor in one sample that only lasts for a few moments before disappearing again. In terms of construction, the problematic cigar’s burn from the first third has evened up nicely, but, unfortunately, a different cigar needs two touch-ups in quick succession. Flavor has no problem reaching a solid medium by the end of the second third, but body increases only slightly to a point closer to medium, while the strength is just under medium.
The final third of the Lampert is virtually identical to the previous third, including the exact same cashew and oak combination that easily beats out the rest of the flavor field consisting of dark chocolate, hay, earth, leather and flour. One notable change is in the retrohale, which now includes significantly more white pepper than honey sweetness, with the latter note never regaining the strength or distinctness it had earlier in the cigar. In addition, while there continue to be no problems at all with either the smoke production or draw, yet a third sample runs into issues with the burn—the other two are fine in that regard—which leads to a correction. Flavor barely budges and ends the cigar at a solid medium, the body does increase enough to hit a point just under medium and the strength crosses the medium mark just as I put the nub down with under an inch remaining.
- Both the Lampert 1675 Edición AZUL and Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo lines debuted with the exact same three vitolas: Short Robusto, Robusto and Toro.
- The Lampert 1675 Edición AZUL line was blended by Indiana Ortez, who became the general manager of Mombacho Cigars S.A. in Granada in April 2021.
- In case it is not immediately obvious, the bands for both the 1675 Edición Rojo are almost identical except for an accent line color around the logo, which match the name of the each line , i.e. Azul for Blue and Rojo for Red.
- Having said the above, somewhat confusingly the Lampart name on the Azul blend band is actually red, while the name is blue on the Rojo band.
- As noted above, Liechtenstein takes up a very small area, but we apparently drove through it a number of times when I was younger living in Europe since it was in between Germany—where my family lived—and Switzerland, where we went on vacation to ski in the Alps.
- Overall, the construction was decent: draws were non-problematic after straight cuts and there was plenty of smoke, but each of the samples did need at least one correction with my lighter at some point, albeit all fairly minor in nature.
- The cigars smoked for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
- Final smoking time for all three samples averaged one hour and 39 minutes.
Having not seen much about the Lampert brand before I smoked these cigars, I was interested to see where the journey would take me. What I found in the Lampert 1675 Edición Rojo was a very smooth, easy to smoke cigar, with an enjoyable creamy profile of oak and cashews, along with just enough white pepper and maple syrup sweetness on the retrohale. There were some minor issues with burn on all three samples and I would have loved just bit more body and strength, but in the end, this is an easy cigar to recommend for those looking for a lighter blend.