Thursday, September 13, 2012

Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 Toro (6x54)

The fact that this was a maduro, a Macanudo, and the really sweet looking metal band made this a "had to get" cigar for me. I picked up a few of these while placing an online order a few months back. I am now down to 2 so I figured it was time to post my review. There is just something about a sweet maduro wrapper that hits home with me like good comfort food. The elegant metal band is certainly eye catching and serves as a nice holding point to smoke this cigar.  The oily wrapper is a dark brown Dominican Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro with minimal veins and no soft spots that I could find. The binder is from Honduras and the filler hails from Brazil, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper had a lightly sweet cocoa smell and the foot smelled of cocoa, hay and a mild fruit-like sweetness. I clipped the cap with cigar scissors and removed the band at the foot. The pre-draw was near perfect with notes of slightly sweet cocoa and spice. I used one of my single flame torches to get it toasted and lit with ease. The initial third opened with notes of raisin, molasses, and a roasted nut note. The aroma of the resting smoke was mildly sweet and very pleasant. Very creamy on the palate with a bit of spice and maduro sweetness on the retrohale. The first third was more of a medium-full in  body and full flavor. The Second third brought notes of dark chocolate and a cocoa powder type note. The second third brought a bit more to the body bringing it to full and still full flavor. The final third was more of the first two thirds but different, if that makes sense. Although no new flavor notes joined the mix, each puff seamed to bring my attention to a different one of those flavors. The finish throughout the burn maintained a roasted nuttiness with a mild sweetness and a slightly bitter sensation. The ash held tight for about 2 inches at a time and was a medium gray color. Burn was a bit wavy but nothing to warrant a correction. This was an excellent smoke and is Macanudo's first maduro offering in their vintage series. It is a limited production cigar and should be grabbed up while they are available. It has been in my top 10 smokes since I had my first one, and is my favorite of the Macanudo offerings. At the time of this review the best price I have found is at The Toro can be had at 8.09 per stick and the box price for a box of 12 is an incredible 69.95 for this size. I may regret posting that price when I get ready to reorder and they are sold out at stogieboys. If you have not yet tried the Vintage Maduro 1997 and love that sweet maduro wrapper and a complex flavorful cigar, then this one is worth grabbing while you can. The link to the Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 at stogieboys is HERE (General Cigar)




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