The Matilde Renacer was one of many cigars that suffered a delayed release in 2013, pushing back the actual launch until 2014. But you know what they say about delayed gratification; the wait just makes the experience all the more worth it. That is certainly the case with this stick. A special note about this manufacturer is that it has managed to drag the legendary Jose Seijas out of retirement to assist with cigar production. Seijas has more than 60 years of experience in tobacco, most of it spent with Altadis USA, so there are very few people who can match him in tobacco knowledge. And his experience comes through loudly with this blend.

The stick is rolled with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. It comes in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 1/4 x 54), Corona (5 1/2 x 44), Grande (6 x 60) and Toro Bravo (6 1/2 x 54). The Matilde Renacer has a light brown appearance that is marked by its smoothness. There are some prominent veins though this is a product of the company’s special method of single cutting leaf edges. The gold and beige band is a bit understated, displaying the company’s name and some interesting arboreal ornamentation using tobacco leaves. The cold draw has a couple of interesting notes on it, including a general sweetness and something that one reviewer referred to as banana bread.

The first third of the Matilde Renacer takes an entirely different course, though, largely consisting of some strong wood and pepper notes. Before long, a spice flavor joins the pair though it sticks in the background for the most part. The pepper note also matures into a white pepper flavor and migrates to the retrohale. Near the end of the initial third, a punchy coffee flavor emerges and joins the wood notes up front.

Into the middle third, and the profile continues away from the cold draw sweetness. Instead, it ramps up the wood, white pepper and spice though the flavors all remain bright. Some reviewers also detected a couple of extra flavors that reminded them of stone or mineral, keeping the cigar firmly grounded in a mix of earthy notes. At the halfway mark, the coffee flavor drops out altogether while the wood and spice continue to steer the profile.

During the final third of the Matilde Renacer, the white pepper becomes the major actor, moving from the retrohale to the palate again and increasing in strength. It is a dry flavor, and reviewers also sensed an increase in nicotine in this part of the cigar, so it ends with a bang.

It’s a medium stick that reaches medium-full in spots, and the burn and draw are both excellent, likely owning to Seijas’ expertise. The flavors will be immediately recognizable and appreciated by experienced smokers, so it’s a cigar smoker’s cigar, through and through.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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