Line: Maduro Ascot
Size: 3 3/4″ x 30
Wrapper: Maduro/Connecticut Broadleaf
Origin: Dominican Republic
Price: $5.00 CAN
There are a few places in Kelowna BC to buy cigars, but I tend to frequent the Havana Room most often. It is convenient for me being on the way between work and home. On my last visit the Macanudos caught my attention and, to my knowledge, this is the first time I have tried this brand.
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on the Maduro Ascot is a wonderful dark chocolate colour. On this particular stick the wrapper leaf had one thick vein, but other than that it was quite smooth and well formed. The aroma was wonderful and smelled sweetly like figs. I snipped the end carefully with a sharp pair of scissor cutters, unfortunately, the the cap flaked off due to no fault of my own. The outer leaf was also wrapped poorly, and with the missing cap, it began to peal away. A quick lick and a twist held it in place enough to proceed with lighting.
The draw was good, but not perfect. The burn was fairly even considering the wind kept blowing out my matches. The ash seemed firm and held in place until it became quite long.
Initially I found the maduro’s flavour to be quite simple, a bit woody with hints of leather and spice. About a third of the way through I found the taste and texture became richer and earthier with flavours of pepper and butter emerging. Half way through I had a definite buzz. The few cigarillos I have smoked in the past, Romeo y Julieta Purito and Backwoods Natural Honey, were not near as strong or had as much body. The Macanudo is definitely a cut above in every category except construction. Getting past half way I found the aftertaste very appealing, very silky and smooth, with a cool and tingly sensation in the mouth. I had quite the buzz getting into the last third of the cigar, apparently I am a light weight and should have smoked after dinner instead of before. Luckily for me I found I was no longer able to keep the wrapper intact and decided it was best to discard the nub a bit early.
Sitting on my deck, smoking, with light and intermittent rain and patchy sunshine was blissful indeed. I love the smell of a fresh rainfall, together with the cigar smoke, even better. Smoke time for me on this was about thirty minutes, and about another thirty minutes for the nicotine to wear off. I thoroughly enjoyed smoking my first Maduro despite the frustrating construction problems. I will definitely buy Macanudos again, and I have one more of their cigarillos to try, hopefully the roll holds up!
“Eating and sleeping are the only activities that should be allowed to interrupt a man’s enjoyment of his cigar.” — Mark Twain
By: Tad Seymour
Tad has been smoking cigars as a hobby for the past 15 years and took up pipe smoking a little over a year ago, though you would never know it by his large pipe and tobacco collection. His hobbies include golf, soccer, camping, reading, mead making and brewing, a glass of good scotch, and sharing a love of quality tobaccos with his friends