The Casa Bella Maduro Cigar Is A Well Constructed Value SmokeThe Casa Bella Maduro is a product of the very busy Sindicato, a brand that is setting out to change the tobacco industry. Unlike almost all other companies, Sindicato is run by a board of members that consist of respected retailers and other major figures in the field. Because the company is run by retailers for the most part, the brand has direct access to consumer feedback, so the company can better respond to concerns or suggestions. This blend is the fifth one produced by Sindicato and is a value stick at about $2 a pop. However, it offers an experience that is worth much more.

The Casa Bella Maduro has a Connecticut wrapper grown in Ecuador, an Indonesia binder and Dominican and Nicaragua plants as filler. It comes in five formats, including Robusto (5 x 52), Corona (5 1/2 x 44), Toro (6 x 54), Gran Toro (6 x 60) and Churchill (7 x 52). Let’s be honest, aficionados don’t expect much from a $2 stick, but this one is surprisingly well constructed. The wrapper is light brown and is smooth to the touch, with few visible veins and seams. It is also slightly toothy, with a little give in a few areas. The prelight draw is gentle and pleasant, and consists of hay and toast flavors. 

The initial third of the Casa Bella Maduro begins slowly, but soon adds in a number of flavors that are surprising to find in a value smoke. These flavors include hay, nuts, cedar and even a little salt. The hay and cedar are the dominant flavors, and evoke a lighter, airy feel. The nut flavor is mainly secondary, and the salt is confined to the finish, but is rather distinct. 

During the middle third of the Casa Bella Maduro, the stick comes into its own in terms of flavor complexity. While the first third was fairly simple in execution and flavor blending, the second third is more mature, offering a few more flavors on top of the cedar, hay and nuts. These additional flavors include cream, leather, and toast. Some reviewers also detected a faint taste of butter, which is a natural pairing next to the toast note.

In the final stretch of the Casa Bella Maduro, the flavors detected in the middle third hold for the most part, with some minor changes. The cedar and hay notes are still present, but they slide into the background while the cream and leather flavors take center stage. The nuts and butter flavors fade out completely after a while, but the rest of the notes provide an interesting dynamic between the dominant and secondary notes. 

This stick may be a value smoke, but its construction is as good as any other stogie. The burn and draw function admirably well for its price point and only a couple touches are needed to see it through. It is also an ideal blend for less experienced smokers, as well, as it never gets above a decent mild in terms of strength.

Value is often a dirty word in the world of tobacco, but here it is a mark of pride, and it is clear why.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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