Robusto vs. Lancero: Know the difference
A: That label represents the day the were received. Those cigars should be really smooth by now. Open the box, take out two cigars and let them sit for a couple of days in your humidor. I have a feeling they will be quite nice.
Re your second question: Since Lanceros are not as popular as the fatter cigars, that's probably why they've had more aging time. And yes, there is a difference, but not with regard to the blend itself. The Robustos at 5½" x 50 ring are going to give you more overall flavor and aroma. With the Lancero at 7" x 38, you're going to get more wrapper flavor, and those Rosado wrappers happen to be quite good. So, if you've smoked a lot of the Robustos, you will notice a difference in character, bouquet, and maybe even strength.
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles