This brand was recently introduced to my B&M and I figured I'd give them a go and see what they deliver.
So what I learned about Exactus Cigars is that they are produced in the Dominican Republic at a small factory called Tabacalera El Artista. The company currently offers 4 lines: Exactus Classico, Exactus Habano, Exactus Maduro and Puro Ambar.
With exception to the Puro Ambar, the Exactus lines offer 5 choices in vitolas: Robusto (5x54), Toro (6x50), Torpedo (6 ½x52), Churchill (7x50) and Coloso (6x60). Price points are very friendly to your pocket and they range from high $4 to the lower end of $6.
Wrapper: Dominican Maduro
Binder: Domincan Criollo 98
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98 & Pennsylvania
The Exactus Maduro has a rich deep maduro color but you will notice there is some slightly lighter marbeling in the wrapper. I think there is just the perfect amount of sheen to this cigar. Art work on the band is well executed and there is a yellow ribbon foot band. All in all, it is an attractive looking cigar.
If you are a seasoned enough cigar smoker, you should be able to identify from the start that this is a Dominican produced cigar (i'll speak more on that later). The cigar starts off in the medium body range and the flavor profile kicks off with semi sweet black coffee and chewey leather notes which turns out to be the foundation of the entire cigar. As the cigar progresses you will at times pick up cocoa, earth and really refined black pepper notes that are friendly on the palate. There wasn't much in the way of complexity or transition in flavor notes. However this was a solid performing cigar with really good flavor, good draw and good construction. It was very consistant, and I was able to appreciate it because of the balance in flavors.
Final Thoughts/ Rating:
I mentioned in the section above that you should be able to tell this was a Dominican cigar immediately. Normally I would never make comparisons in a cigar review because I want that specific cigar being reviewed to stand on it's own. But I will say this about the Exactus Maduro, in my opinion, it is very reminiscent of a LFD Double Ligero Maduro. And I say that as a respectful compliment. Where it differs is that the Exactus stays relatively true to a medium or medium plus in strength. As a result, the Exactus shines because its strength offers great balance to the flavor profile which allows just about anyone to really enjoy this cigar. I would consider the Exactus Maduro to be a more approachable, and easier to recommend to someone looking to try a Dominican maduro cigar. Lastly at the current price points, it makes this cigar a really good value and a cheaper alternative to a LFD.
Using the Cigar Federation rating system: Rating - 86 "I'd grab a few"