A Review Of The Hechicera Maduro CigarIn 2014, Grace Sotolongo announced her immediate departure from CLE Cigars right before the Hechicera Maduro cigar was released. As an immediately recognizable and well liked personality in tobacco, the news was met with relative shock and overshadowed the actual release itself. Now, Grace has moved on to her own projects, and Christian Eiroa has continued with the brand. And again, Eiroa has turned to respected Cuban artist Ninoska Perez to create the design of the box and band. The result is a blend that looks as good as it tastes.



The stick is rolled with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan fillers
. The smoke comes in four formats, including a Robusto (4 1/2 x 50), a Corona Prensada (5 1/2 x 44), a Toro (6 x 52), and Gigante (6 x 60). Right away, the Hechicera Maduro cigar is an attention getter, with a rich espresso brown wrapper that is almost perfectly smooth to the touch. It has a bit of oil coating it, and has a soft sheen in the light. What really stands out, though, is the band, which contrasts greatly with the darker wrapper. It is red, blue, green and gold, and has something similar to a stained glass appearance, with thick lines and flat colors gracing it. It’s the kind of band that is meant to be saved.



The cold draw produces a nice mix of dark chocolate and oak flavors, and these flavors make it over to the initial third once the stick is lit. In addition to the oak, which takes on an aged quality, and the dark chocolate, the profile consists of some leather, barnyard, and earth flavors. Even with the dark chocolate, though, there isn’t much sweetness in the mix. The aged oak and earth notes are the strongest, with the dark chocolate and leather providing the secondary notes. Before long, the barnyard drops out entirely.



During the middle third of the Hechicera Maduro cigar, the oak and earth are still the biggest players, though the oak has taken on a touch of cream as well. The profile also includes leather, dark cocoa, and a bit of coffee. At the halfway point the stick sweetens up, and a black pepper flavor presents itself on the retrohale.



The profile doesn’t make many changes in the last third, with the oak and earth still reigning supreme. The cream fades out slowly, though the sweetness ramps up some. The same collection of dark cocoa, coffee, and leather are still present in the background, while the black pepper remains strong on the retrohale. It’s this mix that the smoke finishes with.



The stogie starts out a bit under medium, but soon gets there and remains at medium throughout
. Reviewers also had a lot of positive things to say about the construction, which was highly consistent between sticks. In all, it’s the kind of stogie that just seems like it was meant to be given a lot of attention, and according to reviews, it is worthy!

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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