The Cubanacan Maduro cigar is part of the company’s core line, a line that has received some extra attention in the last few years. In fact, 2014 was a big year for every aspect of the brand, as it trained up new salesforce and got aggressive with marketing its blends to new retailers. With the extra press the company is receiving, it likely won’t be one of the best kept secrets in tobacco for long. Of course, that’s a good thing for Carlos Mederos and his business, and it’s well deserved. Since its foundation in 2006, the brand has earned respect for its traditional way of handling tobacco, and it figures to be a major player going forward.

As for the Cubanacan Maduro cigar, it is rolled with an Ecuadorian Oscuro wrapper, an Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from Jalapa and Esteli. It’s a dark coffee brown color and is coated with a thick layer of oil. There are a few medium veins that are hard to see, and the seams are hidden well also. The navy, gold and red band displays the name of the stick in thick gold lettering, and it’s flanked by Art Deco style geometric designs. It’s available in several vitolas, including Chatos (4 1/2 x 42), Rothchilds (5 x 50), Gordo (6 x 60), Piramide (6 1/8 x 52), Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 42) and Churchill (7 x 50).

The cold draw emits a strong note of natural tobacco that reviewers described as musky, along with some oak and spice flavors. Upon lighting the smoke, the first flavor that pops up is a burst of black pepper. It calms down right away, and in its place a combination of raisin, oak, spice, coffee and leather fill the void. The oak and spice are the strongest notes at first, though the raisin joins them up front near the end of the initial third.

During the second third of the Cubanacan Maduro cigar, the profile opens up some and produces a strong spice, which remains dominant throughout the middle third, as well as notes of coffee, leather and some of the musk detected on the cold draw. There’s also an interesting toffee flavor that adds a touch of sweetness, but remains secondary. The retrohale is particularly strong in this part of the stick and hits with a punchy spice note.

In the last third, the stogie develops further and finds a couple flavors that haven’t been detected yet. The mix includes the spice, some powerful musk, coffee, and a sweet twosome of dark chocolate and caramel. It’s a lot of development late in the stick, but there’s no bitterness or harshness present.

The smoke is close to full strength, which was met with surprise by several reviewers. What isn’t a surprise is its excellent construction and spot-on flavor development.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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