As with the Garo Adamas last week, this Maduro Especial has nice, clean construction. The length of the cigar has smooth, even rolling and the seams are near invisible. The prelight aroma of this Maduro Especial has lots of smokey, beef jerky notes and a smoked wood odor. The cold draw, while a quite tight, gives off a decent deep, dark natural tobacco note with a good amount of spicy tingle.
Maduro Especial #ME658 by Garo Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro
Filler: 'Special Blend'
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: ?
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The Garo Maduro Especial starts off with a nice amount of flavor and TONS of smoke. The tightness on the cold draw is not as prominent once lit, and 'that's a good thing'. Flavors of smoked wood and smokey meats dominate the palette. The finish is a bit leathery, with an oiliness to it. There is also a very savory type flavor left on your lips from the wrapper, causing me to salivate. The burn was straight the ash was strong and the smoke thick. We're doing good so far.
The second third of the Maduro Especial is very savory. With smoky meat and smoky oak flavors being the main players. It was similar to the first third, but I'd say less on the smokey side and more on the salty/savory side of meat. The burn wasn't razor sharp but it was smooth and never needed any work, and it left behind a nice tight ash. And as I said before, the smoke is just pouring off this thing.
Rounding out the end of this Maudro Especial remains very savory. Mostly beef jerky and smoked meat flavors and some dark, smokey tabacco notes. There are even some smoked nut notes coming through. Obviously, this is a smokey cigar. The first two thirds were right in the medium range, but now it is pushing up into the medium-full range. The burn gets a little wavy but always stays in line. Just tons of smoke.
I enjoyed this maduro version Garo much more than the Adamas. A lot more flavor and a fuller body. I do prefer a creamier and sometimes sweeter profile in my cigars though. But I know this would be perfect for those that love a medium to full cigar, with a nice savory profile and great smoke production. This would be a profile my wife would enjoy. She'll take savory foods anyway over sweet, and I love me some sweet flavors. ;)
Rating: 84 AKA “A Couple"