In 2012, the great José Seijas retired from Altadis U.S.A. Inc. He was the man behind many brands for Altadis and had over 40 years of experience. When he retired, he retired as the vice president of Altadis's Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd. in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and was in charge of Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and H. Upmann to name a few. His retirement was short though, and in November of 2013 it was announced that he would be returning to the industry with his own company. The company would be called Matilde, and would be named after an old brand that came to an end in the early 20th Century. The brand was a Dominican brand, and was called La Matilde. Honoring the roots of Seijas and the old La Matilde brand, the new Matilde would remain in La Romana, Dominincan Republic. They would launch their first cigar in 2014, Renacer, and this year at IPCPR they announced their second release. The cigar would be called Oscura, and would sport a Mexican wrapper. The test of every company comes with their second line, and today we look at that second release, the Matilde Oscura.
Cigar: Matilde Oscura Toro Bravo
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera Matilde
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Pennsylvania, USA
Ring Gauge: 54
Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 5
The cigar sports a dark wrapper that is rough in texture and it sports some decent sized veins throughout. It has a nice dark coloring to it, a classic maduro, and it sports that Mexican San Andres character. There is some tooth present as well and it is a rustic wrapper. The foot of the cigar produces an aroma of rich earth, chocolate and spices, and the wrapper is giving off an aroma of citrus, leather and wood.
The first third opens up with a tremendous amount of flavors. It is delivering a nice rich earth and chocolate flavor profile, and it is followed up with some lovely black pepper, lemon peel and spice notes. There is a meaty and leather flavor profile present as well, and it is a complex cigar. It is a full flavored cigar that is paired with a body and strength level that I would classify as full. The construction thus far has been terrific and it is producing an even burn line with a lovely charcoal ash on the end. The ash is holding on perfectly to the razor sharp burn line, and the cigar has a cool draw with a lot of smoke being produced. So far, a terrific cigar and a great second release.
When I get into the second third, the cigar continues to soar. The flavors are great and the cigar is performing perfectly. There is a nice rich earth and chocolate flavor profile at the core, and it is complemented with some awesome leather and meaty notes. There is a touch of pepper and a hint of licorice, and it has a nice citrus quality present as well. Full flavored, the cigar is also delivering a full body and strength level. The burn line is razor sharp and with that is that solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw remains cool and producing a lot of smoke with each draw.
I am in the final third of the cigar now and it is finishing like a great cigar should. I am picking up some awesome meaty and leather flavors, and it is paired with a nice woody and earth flavor profile. There are some chocolate notes as well, and it has a nice rustic flavor profile. There is a hint of citrus and pepper on the finish, and it adds so much to the cigar. The cigar remains at that full body, flavor and strength level, and it has been here from start to finish. The construction remains top notch in the final third as well and it is producing that razor sharp burn line with a firm charcoal colored ash on the end. The draw is cool to the nub, and a nice bit of smoke is still being produced.
Releasing your first cigar and having it be well received is one thing, there are a lot of companies that do it. What is really exciting is when a company has a second release that is great, or even better than the first. Well, Matilde has a great release with the Oscura and I believe it to be better than their inaugural release. The cigar is complex and it delivers a flavor profile that has a little bit of everything. It is a full flavor cigar that is matched with a nice full body and strength level. Along with those great attributes, the cigar is constructed perfectly and besides producing a razor sharp burn line, it has a cool draw from start to finish. Without a doubt, this is a cigar that everyone should reach out to and smoke. I know I will be adding more to my humidor, and I look forward to smoking this cigar for the remainder of the year. I am very confident that it will be ranked high in my end of the year list. This cigar gets a solid 93 rating.
Rating: 93 AKA "Box Split"
* Cigars for this assessment were provided by Matilde Cigars.