Today was a wonderful almost lazy Sunday. I had a meeting this morning for my business I own. Some of you may already know, but along with my day job I also have my own photography business. I met with a super sweet couple to talk with them about their wedding coming up in August. We sat for about an hour as she showed me some photos she wanted to replicate and my wife and I got to know them. I was amazed that the wedding is so close and they are not at each other's throats. When me and the wife were planning our wedding we almost wanted to kill each other before the wedding day finally arrived. All the stress and trying to make sure everything is perfect for your big day can really strain a relationship. As we wrapped up our meeting and headed about our day I started thinking about when I would get the chance to enjoy a cigar. I have been trying to get away from my usual rotation of favorites to get some new reviews posted. It seemed like a great night to give the Macanudo Cru Royal a review. As my usual nightly ritual goes we got little man snug in his bed and time to smoke was finally here. I grabbed my little pouch of tools and my favorite over-sized cup full of filtered ice water and out to front patio I went. There was a weather advisory that beeped on my phone letting me know it was now or wait till the next available chance.
The wrapper on the Cru Royal was a dark brown Ecuadoran Habano with small light veins. Pre-light aroma was of a earthy spice. I grabbed my scissors and gave the cap a snip. Pre-light draw was spot on and had a earthy woodiness to it. Lighting was a breeze with the faithful single flame torch. A earthy cedar tone took over the initial light and continued through the first third, they were also joined by a light coffee and spice with a hint of toasty caramel to the finish. Burning evenly so far as I went into the second third, in which the earthy tone started to fade and the coffee and spice became more prevalent along with the occasional hint of cocoa. As I neared the half way point the ash was still holding on (at around 2.5" when it fell) and had a nice light gray color to it. The second third started to bring a nice tingly spice to the finish along with a unexpected sweetness. The final third was more of the second with the a boost in the spice and slight kick in the body. overall a nice medium body smoke at an attractive price point. burn was even throughout with only a couple of minor corrections. Available for around 27.00 for a 5 pack on famous-smoke, this is definitely a smoke to check out if you like the earthy flavor profiles.
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