Time for another Top 10 list, this time we are diving into the dark world of maduro wrapped cigars. For those of you who don't know, a maduro is a cigar wrapper that been through a longer and more intense fermentation process. This causes sugars to excrete from the leaf and turn the cigar dark brown or even sometimes black. The result is a rich and hearty flavor, usually with dark chocolate and coffee notes as well as above average smoke production. While they have been around for a number of years, the last decade or so has really seen a rise in the use of maduro wrappers, particularly grown in Connecticut. This list represents a combination of high ratings, popularity, and how well they sell. As always, there is personal preference involved, so if you feel a cigar should have made this list, we would love to hear from you.

                                                                                            Arturo Fuente Anejo

 In the minds of many, Fuente reigns supreme in the use of maduro wrappers, particularly Connecticut broadleaf. Among their resume, rests the work renowned Anejo. This premium smoke uses the same filler and binder as the Opus X, but is then wrapped in aged Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper itself has been aged in Cognac barrels, giving it an extra bit of sweetness. It is regarded as one of the best maduro cigars in the world, receiving a 93 rating from Halfwheel and a 90 from Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                            My Father Le Bijou

 This is one of the few rare times that the sequel is equal to the original. After Jamie Garcia crafted the original My Father, Don Pepin decided to crafter a cigar in honor of his as well. The Le Bijou is a remarkable smoke, with a dark oscuro wrapper. It is bursting with notes of sweet coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and rich leather. The My Father Le Bijou received a 97 rating and was named the #1 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2015.

                                                                                               Partagas Black

 The name says it all… this cigar is jet black. The Partagas Black Series is as strong and bold as they come. Its unique wrapper uses a rare medio tiempo leaf, which is the top of the cigar plant. By getting the most sunlight, it creates even more flavor and spice. After the fermentation process, it creates an intense combination of flavors with notes of chocolate and black coffee combining with hints of pepper and sweet spice. This is not a morning cigar, this is a sit down and enjoy with a drink cigar.

                                                                                           Padron 1926 Maduro

 This is one of two cigars to appear on multiple of our Top 10 lists. If you've ever smoked a Padron 1926 maduro, you can see why. IT is as close to perfect as you can get. Its tobacco is aged for over 4 years and its Nicaraguan maduro wrapper is pristine both in appearance and quality. Each puff delivers clouds of rich and zesty smoke, with a nice chocolate undertone. This cigar was named twice to the Top 25 cigars of the year, including the #1 spot.

                                                                                            Liga Privada No. 9

 While Arturo Fuente has always been one of the highest rated manufacturers using Connecticut broadleaf, it was the Liga Privada No.9 that made it as popular as it is. This was the cigar that turned Drew Estate from popular to legendary. It is full body, sweet, peppery and smoky. It was the brainchild of two of the finest blenders in the world, Steve Saka and Nick Melillo. Both of these gentleman have gone on to start their own companies, both with broadleaf cigars that have received critical acclaim. This 94 rated stud is where it all started.

                                                                                        RoMa Craft CroMagnon

 Yet another cigar that has been placed on multiple Top 10 lists for Serious Cigars, the RoMa Craft CroMagnon is one of the finest maduro cigars on the market today. Its bold and flavorful and will fill the room with a thick cloud of rick smoke. Its ash is solid and white, which can be attributed to its aged tobacco and near perfect construction. The CroMagnon was given a 93 rating and named #15 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                       Camacho Triple Maduro

 If you are a fan of maduro cigars, then the Camacho Triple maduro must be at the top of your "must smoke" list. It was the first cigar to use maduro tobacco for the filler, binder, and wrapper. The result is a strong, hearty and juicy smoke. Each puff delivers intense notes of dark chocolate, earth, leather and spice. The Camacho Triple Maduro produces more smoke than any other cigar I have ever smoked. We could not have a best maduro cigars list without it.

                                                                                        Foundation Tabernacle

 We couldn't include a list of best maduro cigars without including the great Nick Melillo. It could be said he is responsible for the resurgence of the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. His work with Drew Estate brought us the Liga Privada line and the Unico series. When he started his own company, fans waited for the release of his first maduro, and Nick did not disappoint. The Tabernacle, which is an intriguing historical back story, uses an oily broadleaf wrapper that is visually perfect. IT has notes of black cherry, leather and an underlying sweetness that brings it all together. Everything Nick has done has been rated in the 90s, and the tabernacle is no exception.

                                                                                                Mi Querida

 Steve Saka's Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust has only be around for about 3 years and in that time has already established itself as one of the premier cigar company's in the industry. The Mi Querida was particularly special because it brought Steve back together with the tobacco is best known for, Connecticut Broadleaf. It is jet black and oily, offering up notes of espresso, caramel, cedar, and a sweet spice. I don't remember the last time I saw a cigar burn so well. Halfwheel saw fit to grant this beautiful smoke a 90 rating, so make sure to try it out.

                                                                                            CAO Flathead V660

 Under the leadership of Ricky Rodriguez, CAO has grown exponentially in the past few years. The Amazon Basin became incredibly popular basically overnight and the CAO Consigliere is enjoying a large fan base. With the CAO Flathead series, they went retro and mechanical. The V660 is a rich and bold box press smoke that has all the power of the engine its honoring. This beauty received a 95 rating from cigar aficionado and was listed as the #3 cigar of the year.


POSTED ON Mar 01, 2018

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