Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro

The Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro is the first offering that I have smoked form Maya Selva cigars.  To be perfectly honest, I was not familiar with Maya Selva before our friend Gabriel Alvarez joined them back in August.  Gabriel will be joining us on CigarChat this week, so keep an eye out for that.

According to their website, Maya Selva cigars currently has three core lines:

  • Flor de Selva - Woody scent, subtly balanced aromas of cedar and dried fruits. 
  • Cumpay - 100 % full-bodied tobacco from Nicaragua. Complex range of aromas, a hint of roasted coffee, hazelnut and leather.
  • Villa Zamorano - This hand-made long leaf cigar offers a full, expressive taste with notes of roasted coffee.

For the purposes of this review, we're going to talk about the Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro

Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro

Size: 5.5 x 54

Vitola: Torpedo

Wrapper: Jamastrán, Honduras - naturally aged maduro

Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler: Honduran & Brazilian

MSRP: $12.00

Samples for review provided by Maya Selva Cigars

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: This was a good looking cigar. The Jamastrán Maduro wrapper had the perfect reddish-brown hue and as you can see in the picture above, it was flawless.  The torpedo cap was perfectly formed and the cold draw was smooth.  The wrapper smells of cedar and earth while the cold draw offered up notes of milk chocolate and baking spice.

Beginning: The profile was packed with big and rich flavors from the first puff.  It had those chewy flavors I look for in a maduro.  The retrohale brought the black pepper and earth notes along with some mild cocoa.  At the one-inch mark notes of chocolate and nuts distinguished themselves and took control.  The balance of sweet, earth and spice was perfect and the smoke was thick.  

As I progressed through the first third, the black pepper grew on the retro and threatened to take over.  But it seemed that every time I thought that was going to happen, I was hit with a blast of chocolate sweetness.  I was in cigar heaven.  The first two inches were almost perfect.

Middle:  This got a little spicy in the middle.  The black pepper spiked on both the retro and the tongue.  For about 10 minutes the spice took over forcing the sweet and nutty notes to take a back seat.  This was temporary, but rather enjoyable.  I'll equate it to the steep climb of a roller coaster just before the big drop.

End:  The pepper smoothed out on the retro.  The flavor of black pepper was still there, but the spice was not as prominent.  This gave the Flor de Selva a profile that was amazingly rich and smooth.  The flavors stayed consistent throughout the final portion and the strength kicked up to a medium-plus.

Final Thoughts: This Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro is a game changer.  It reminded me of the first time I smoked a Liga Privada No. 9.  In fact, I might even like the Flor de Selva better.  I'm not sure that is a fair comparison since the blends are different, but the experience was similar.  The balance and complexity of flavor was nothing short of spectacular ("They're real... and they're spectacular").  This is a big, bold cigar that would be wasted on a beginner.  If you are going to smoke the Flor de Selva No. 15 Maduro, take your time.  This cigar deserves to be focused on and savored.

Rating 95 AKA "Box Buy"

This may be my Cigar of the Year.  

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on November 12, 2014 at 8:16am

I think I have one of these......not sure though, will have to dig.....I know the shop has a couple of the Connecticut's in that were sent in as samples.

Wait a box split and this could be your "cigar of the year?" Shouldn't that be a Box buy???

Comment by RobbyRas on November 12, 2014 at 8:33am

Good catch Mickey... I had this on auto-post and for some reason (probably user error) it wasn't the final version... all is fixed... thanks!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on November 12, 2014 at 8:43am

Damn....sounds like I may hav to grab one 

Comment by Docwill on November 12, 2014 at 8:44am

Spectacular review Rob. You may have me smoking a few more maduros if I can get my hands on these.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on November 12, 2014 at 11:01am

Boom! Glad to help

Comment by Charlie on November 12, 2014 at 12:40pm

Sounds good, big statement right there; " In fact, I might even like the Flor de Selva better"
I have the robusto size of this blend but havent smoked it yet....

Comment by RobbyRas on November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm

Charlie -  there was something about this profile that really grabbed me... it's a bit sweeter than the 9, but it's every bit as full... 

Comment by Charlie on November 12, 2014 at 1:05pm

Ok fair enough, I'll light mine up this week (even though its the Robusto size, same blend) and let you know what I think of this cigar, mine was from a pre-release sampler....My local B&M got all their blends and decided not to carry any Maya Selva cigar...

Comment by RobbyRas on November 12, 2014 at 5:40pm

Doc- Thanks for the compliment... this is a brilliant maduro... i suggest you give it a shot... i may just make a maduro man out of you yet

Comment by RobbyRas on November 12, 2014 at 5:41pm

Catfish -  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it... i think it might be too full and spicy for your tastes, but you may just love it...


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