The Mederos brand has been around for about five years, but Cubanacan (celebrating their 10th year) is bringing it back with new bands and packaging. The line is named for Robert Mederos, the owner of Cubanacan. The Mederos is also available in a Connecticut and an Oscuro, which I will be reviewing later.
Mederos Habano by Cubanacan
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Factory: Tabacalera Cubanacan (Nicaragua)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by Cubanacan
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-light: The wrapper and foot both have a very fragrant odor of leather and fermented tobacco. The cold draw has similar notes but with more of a spicy cedar note.
Beginning: There's a very good start to the Mederos Habano. The profile profile is a very interesting mixture of an orange citrusy cedar note with a background of natural tobacco flavors. This was the core flavor profile and what was shown throughout the first third.
Middle: Transitioning into the second third of the cigar, the Mederos Habano keeps a similar profile to that of the first third. The orange notes did fade back some, having the cedar wood notes came out more, but overall very similar. Some earthy notes also made an entrance here and it added to the cigar. The finish is medium and there is just the slightest bit of creaminess to it. The burn stays even enough and needs no correction, creating a nice ash.
End: To end this cigar, we have a profile that has been in line with the first and second third, with just the slightest change ups. The cedar and wood notes are up front and smokey. The orange notes have turned more to the bitter side, and the final third is a bit harsher. There is a coffee flavor that has emerged as well. The burn and ash remain nice, with no need to correct at any time.
Conclusion: The first third was my favorite and then each third was lower in score for me. At no point was it a bad cigar, just not hitting the level I would have liked. But, this profile and medium strength and body cigar might be just what you like. Either way, it’s definitely worth a try. Great construction made for an enjoyable smoking experience.
Rating: 84 AKA "A Couple"