Debonaire Maduro (Sagita)
Size: 5.5 x 38
Vitola: Petite Lancero
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Factory: De Los Reyes (Dominican Republic)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Debonaire
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper has a very light oil sheen and is a mottled dark brown with a lot of veins and a multitude of rolling lumps. Though, it appears to be well constructed. The aroma can best describe as a chocolate mud puddle. Which, is odd, but it’s the first thought I had. I am also getting some spicy wood notes and fermented tobacco. The foot smells of fig, milk chocolate, and raisins. The cold draw has a sweet hit of fudge and fig, and a nice little white pepper burn on the finish. In fact, the cold draw finish on this Debonaire is longer and more substantial than some cigars are when lit.
Beginning: After the first couple puffs, the first thing I notice is how dry this cigar is leaving my mouth, which is just something to note. Flavors of dry wood, natural dark tobacco, coffee, and white pepper. I am also sort of getting the sweet chocolate and fudge notes, but they have changed from the cold draw. Now they taste more like a dried out brownie, that has lost most of its sweetness. The draw is very smooth, the burn is dead on, the ash is tight, and the smoke is thick and white.
Middle: When the second third starts there is a definite note of chocolate mocha coffee and lots of white pepper on the back of the tongue and retohale. Then I also start to notes of Debonaire’s signature au jus. At this point the retrohale becomes very strong, and burns the nostrils with that au jus note, in a good way.
End: The au jus note, which could also be a worcheshire sauce note, is dominating now. Under that are notes of fermented tobacco, dirt, and bitter coffee. It has a very savory profile from here on out. I had it go out on me quite a few times, not sure why, but I thought I would make note of it.
Final Thoughts: This little cigar is a bit of a powerhouse. It starts at a medium-full strength and ramps up to full by the second third. The body is a solid medium-full to start and ends a solid full, so I wouldn’t smoke this on an empty stomach. Otherwise, this Debonaire Maduro Sagita is an enjoyably complex cigar.
Rating: 90 aka "Box Split"