Serino Cigar Co. is a small batch producer, putting quality over quantity. Now, I feel little funny saying that, since it seems to a bit cliche, but it is a noble quality to aspire to and I'll let the cigar speak for that. They are blended by Omar Gonzalez Aleman, who has blended at some very well known factories in his career and now owns his own factory, La Corona Cigar S.A.

Serino Royale Maduro by Serino Cigar Co.
Size: 5.6 x 60
Vitola: Belicoso
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: 5 Year Aged Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Factory: La Corona Cigar S.A. Esteli, Nicaragua
MSRP: $12.75
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Serino Cigar Co.

Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.

Prelight: The wrapper has a wet leather, earth and spicy cedar aroma, with a very slight cocoa note. The foot has a much stronger chocolate note and a deep cherry note as well. The cold draw is nice and clean, with cedar, oak and a natural tobacco sweetness.

Beginning: Once lit, the first third of the Serino Royale Maduro starts with notes from the prelight, which blend into a nice flavor profile. First, is a somewhat sweet, natural tobacco note of chocolate and dark fruit. That slowly transitions to a more earthy flavor, with some light, black & white pepper spice. This maduro is starting out just above medium, with a clean burn and solid ash.

Middle: The middle of this maduro has some bite. The main profile is a spicy wood note, with undertones of sweet tobacco and pepper. There is also a bitter coffee note floating around in the background. By the end of this third the body is close to full and the strength is medium-full. The construction and burn are great and the ash is strong. 

End: This Serino Maduro continues much the same to the end, as it did in the middle. Spicy wood and pepper notes, no sweetness anymore and a full profile. The burn got a tad wavy here and there, but nothing that needed attention or more than a mention.

Final Thoughts: Great construction, even burn and a flavor profile that never got bitter or made me want to put it down. But... There was a lit to live up to after the Serino Connecticut. This Maduro was stronger than I care for, with a lot of spice. For this reason, I personally wouldn't smoke this very often. It doesn't have the sweetness that I prefer in maduros. All that said, that is my personal preference. If you like strength, spice and body (say Pepin'esque) then you should try this cigar. 

Rating:  - "Wouldn't buy them, but I'd try to weasel some or trade for some."

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Comment by atllogix on July 1, 2016 at 3:02pm
Nice review and thanks for the comparison. Ill be looking out for these

Comment by 007MI6 on July 1, 2016 at 10:20pm

Glad you enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the line in the coming weeks.

Comment by Charlie on July 3, 2016 at 4:48pm

I like that strength/pepper/spice in my maduros over the sweet/smooth....

Comment by 007MI6 on July 4, 2016 at 9:29pm

Well then Charlie, this cigar may be right up your alley!

I prefer the sweet/smooth maduro myself.

Comment by Ky70 on July 4, 2016 at 9:52pm
Thanks for the review! I prefer the sweet and anything else that comes with it. At that price, this one is a pass for me.

Comment by 007MI6 on July 5, 2016 at 8:33am

Ky70 - Exactly, no knock on Serino, construction was spot on and the profile/flavors were all good. Just not in our wheelhouse. :) But possibly a perfect fit for people like Charlie. ;)

Comment by Ky70 on July 5, 2016 at 9:36am

Same here 007.

Someone from the company is part of the Noise community and he seems to be very nice guy, but a brand new cigar in that price range would have to get very high marks from several independent reviews for me to give em a try.  I wish them best though.


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