Macanudo's first ever Vintage Maduro cigar was released by General Cigar in September 2010. This cigar is available in two sizes, a Perfecto (6x49) and a Toro (6x54). A couple of Toro's were sampled for this review. These cigars are made with a 1997 Vintage Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Honduran binder, and a blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Brazil, and Dominican Republic. If you want to know more about these cigars, watch William Chilian, Marketing Director for a number of General Cigar brands, discuss Macanudo's Cru Royale and Vintage Maduro cigars (both new for 2010) in our exclusive Youtube Video taped at the IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans during August 2010.
Macanudo Vintage 1997 Maduro cigars are medium bodied, but deliver a rich and luxurious smoke that should delight any fan of Maduro cigars. The smell of the tobacco before lighting up made me anticipate a great smoking experience, even though the smell of unlit cigar tobacco has fooled me before. However, this time I was not disappointed. The predominate taste is that of naturally sweet Maduro tobacco that makes you want to savor every puff. There is no bad aftertaste, and the smoke is very smooth. The flavors at the beginning last throughout the duration of the cigar. I detected small traces of subtle spice, and a mild earthy flavor having a bit of natural sweetness. Both cigars were very enjoyable, and the flavors were consistent. Macanudo Vintage Maduros are balanced, delicious, and not overpowering, making them truly enjoyable smokes for virtually every level of cigar smoker.
Draw and Construction
The construction of Macanudo Vintage Maduro cigars is impeccable. The draw was perfect, the burn was razor sharp for the majority of both cigars, the ashes were long, and the cigars just looked and felt great! I was impressed just by holding this cigar and experiencing the feel, appearance, and aromas, and mused that the chairman of some board would really enjoy one of these sticks. No relights or touch-ups were needed, and it took me just over an hour per cigar to smoke down to two inches remaining.
The SRP for a single Macanudo Vintage 1997 Maduro cigar in the Toro size is $9. Boxes of 12 cigars can be found online for around $97, bringing down your average cost to just over $8 per stick. This is a great price for a cigar made with vintage tobacco of superior quality. These are not everyday cigars by any means, but if you want to occasionally treat yourself to a special cigar, $8 to $9 per stick is just slightly higher than a typical average handmade cigar in today's market. Try a single first, but if you really like Maduro cigars, go for a whole box. With a limited production, they will eventually become harder to find, so get 'em while you can.
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