Yesterday I posted a review for this cigar with the natural wrapper; it received 90 points from me. It was a very enjoyable cigar that exhibited flavors like chocolate and earthiness. The strength for that cigar can sneak up on you a bit because the flavors are fairly subtle and mellow. So, how is the maduro version different?
Honestly, I think the darker wrapper looks better. It feels velvety to the touch and gives off some oils. There is one moderately raised vein but no visible blemishes other than that (can you really call a smallish vein a blemish?). As was the case with the natural wrapper version of this cigar the maduro has a slight box press, which I think helps out the draw (maybe too much) and looks good as well.
This cigar was provided to me for review by Smoke Inn; all reviews are my own.
Ring Gauge: 60
Wrapper: Nicaragua (maduro)
Price: $92.50/Box of 5 | $277.50/Box of 15
Right out of the gates there are significant differences between the two cigars. Whereas the one with the natural wrapper had flavors that held back too much for me in the beginning this one is bold. At first I thought the leading flavor was spice but that is not true. It’s a secondary flavor to this multifaceted earthiness and chocolate mixture. It is honestly bowling me over with the intensity of its wonderful flavors.
As the first third progresses there are some changes. Think mole sauce with some sweetness. This cigar is already pretty strong strength-wise.
The second third is continuing with where the first third left off. But then, about halfway through this third the flavors begin to revert back to that combination of earth and chocolate that was prevalent during the middle parts of the first third. These flavors can be experienced most fully during the retrohale.
The final third has chocolate and some grassy undertones. I was a little worried because the intensity of the flavors seemed to dim a little during the second third but they are coming back here. During the last half of the final third there is bitter cocoa along with that grassy undertone. It’s quite good.
Overall, this is a better cigar than its brother. The flavors are more alive and complex. One of my problems with this cigar and, in hindsight, with its brother is that the draw is too loose. The burn has been good with this cigar and I would peg the strength as being full bodied.
PS: You can preorder this cigar now from Smoke Inn and they will ship April 18th.