Released at the 2017 IPCPR, the Macanudo Inspirado Black is one half of a pair. The other being the Macanudo Inspirado White, but I will leave that one for another day. I missed getting to try this cigar at IPCPR this year, but I was able to enjoy most of an Inspirado Black during a visit to the General Cigar Co. farms in Connecticut. While walking through the fields of Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco plants, in Connecticut, I smoked a larger vitola of this cigar and was amazed.
Macanudo Inspirado Black
Vitola: 4.875 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review were provided by General Cigar Co.
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Pre-Light: The Macanudo Inspirado Black lives up to it’s name instantly by it’s extremely dark and oily wrapper. It’s thick, dark, oily, and filled with large veins. A wrapper which smells of rich earth, black pepper, and fudge. The aroma of the foot not as strong, but it does have an aroma of fudge. Not surprisingly, the cold draw is a mix of fudge and dry cedar.
Beginning: The Inspirado starts, not surprisingly, with an earthy, fudge note. The smoke is a medium intensity but the mouthfeel is very thick. Leaving behind a long finish off fudge, oak, and wet black pepper. As this first third comes to a close the fudge note fades back and the oak and black pepper step forward. With the black pepper starting to take on a spicy profile and the finish becomes quite dry. The draw was slightly tight, but not a problem and the construction was spot on.
Middle: The middle of the Inspirado back tracks just a bit and the fudge notes come back into play. The dry oak and black pepper notes are still prominent, but they are on the finish, while the smooth, fudge notes are on the front. I should note here that the fudge notes are not really sweet, it’s more of a bitter-sweet, dry flavor.
End: The smoke really ramps up in the final stretch of the Inspirado. The body has jumped up to the low-level of strong, with the black pepper notes dominating. This is pretty much how the Inspirado black continues. The thick dark wrapper and full-body of the Inspirado come at a cost at the end of the final third, as the profile becomes very strong and in-your-face. Perfect for those that love a solid body smoke, but near the end of this third is where I call it.
Final Thoughts: The Inspirado Black rewrites my book on how I view Macanudo cigars. Most Macanudo cigars are relatively mild and very tame, but not so here. As expected from this thick, dark wrapper there was plenty of flavor, body, and strength. I will say that I believe that the larger vitola had a nicer profile though, at least for my preferences. I recommend that you try this cigar, as it will almost definitely be a delightful surprise. I would almost consider this a box split, but it comes just shy of that for me.
Rating: 89 aka "5-pack"
P.S. I realize I did a slap job on these pictures. Sorry, I'll have my setup laid out better next time. ;)