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 XX by Serino Cigar Co.
Size: 6.25 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: 5 Year Aged Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Factory: La Corona Cigar S.A. Esteli, Nicaragua
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 deep, semi sweet aroma, with notes of fermented tobacco, manure and a very dark, bittersweet chocolate. The foot is much lighter, with notes to sweet tobacco and deep honey sweetness. The cold draw is similar, with flavors of honey, natural tobacco sweetness and a light cedar spice.
Beginning: The first puffs of the Maduro XX have nice notes of honey and a little powdered cocoa. In the background is some oak and a wet, black pepper. The whole profile is quite mellow and smooth, but with a little bit of woody spice. The smoke is plentiful and the ash is tightly stacked and very firm.
Middle: The profile gets notably sharper here. The wood notes get drier and a spicy tingle appears in the back of the throat. I found that the sweetness was still there, although now it is more of a smokey caramel flavor. I notice the strength start to pick up a bit towards the end of this third and the spice and smoke notes have more punch. The burn gets a tad wavy, but never out of control and the ash holds on for roughly an inch at a time.
End: The final third of this Maduro XX starts up close to full, though maybe just shy of it. It is very similar in profile to the middle third, and there are notes of deep, smokey caramel and some spicy woods. The strength toys with the full range throughout, but stays manageable.
Final Thoughts: A definite improvement over the standard Royale Maduro for me. The XX is smoother, with more of the sweetness and maduro-like flavors that I enjoy. The strength was in a great range for me. Strong enough but never overpowering. Construction was spot-on, as it has been with each Serino I have smoked so far. Still not totally what I look for, but definitely a solid cigar.
Rating: 84 AKA "A Couple"