Continuing into the Cubanacan cigar line, I lit up the Maduro version last week. It has some pretty big shoes to fill, as I really enjoyed the Habano. The maduro wrapper is dark and smooth, with very smooth seams. Including a very clean triple cap. Another nice looking cigar and band, lets see how it smokes!
Maduro by Cubanacan
Size: 5 x 50
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $6.90
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The prelight aroma is a very nice cedary, caramelized sugar scent. That also has a nice little tingle to it. The cold draw is very open, and produces a lot of cedar notes with a slight black pepper spice. Not much else going on here, not that that's a bad thing, just the way it is.
The Cubanacan Maduro starts off with some great flavors. The beginning is dominated by a bitter chocolate note, with black coffee notes following close behind. There is also a dry spiciness that hits the back of the throat, causing a dry tingle. Towards the end of this third there is just the slightest hint of earth and leather on the finish, which is fairly short. The smoke, however, is THICK! With a great burn line and nice ash to back it up.
The second third of the Maduro changes things up just a bit. The bitter coffee note is still present, along with the slight earth and leather. I noticed that the finish became shorter though. In the second half of this third, I am introduced to a new flavor. To me it is a Heath flavor, that dominates for the final portion of this third. The smoke and straight burn continue, making for an enjoyable smoke.
In the final third, the sweetness increases, nothing crazy sweet, but it is a lot more than has been present so far. It has to be what the Heath note has transitioned into, but the Heath itself isn't distinguishable at first. There is still a little bit of coffee coming through, with a bit of cedar. The closer I get to the end the strength/body pick up, along with the sweetness. It never got crazy sweet, but it got sweeter than it had been.
As I write this, this cigar sounds really quite good, even better than I rated it. It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the experience, but it just never hit the high notes with me like the Habano did. The body and strength stayed around medium at best for most of the cigar. There were some very tasty flavors and the construction was spot on. But, it never just hit me right on and fell a little short of what I wanted. Worth a try, and I would pick up a couple more if I found them.
Rating: 85 AKA “A Couple"