Review of Macanudo Estate Reserve Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
New 2015 limited edition Macanudo Estate Reserve cigars will be available in October. Only 1,800 boxes of 10 cigars for each of their three sizes will be produced. Macanudo Estate Reserve is a super premium cigar and is priced accordingly. The smallest and least expensive Robusto (5 x 50) size that I sampled has a price tag of $16 per stick. These cigars are made with 10 year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers and a blend of scarce Jamaican Silver Tongue, Nicaraguan Gurdian, and Dominican filler tobaccos. For more details and imagery, see the press release.
The sample Macanudo Estate Reserve Robusto was very well made and had a great draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were required. The cigar began with a lot of flavor, consisting of a rich but smooth natural tobacco taste along with some mild sweet spice and pepper. At the start, the smoke was medium bodied, then eventually worked its way up into the medium-to-full range. As the body intensified, the initial flavors faded as a leather taste became more noticeable, with just a hint of sweet spice in the background. It took me 45 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining.
I enjoyed the first half of the cigar more than the last half, but overall the Macanudo Estate Reserve was still a superior cigar, and worthy of a superior rating of 4.25 points on a 5-point scale. I would recommend trying a single cigar as a special treat, but it is hard to recommend buying an entire box for yourself, unless you are a collector or just have deep pockets. However, if gifting a box to someone else, Macanudo's excellent reputation and the product's attractive packaging is a gift that would certainly impress – (take a look at the box).
December 2015 Update: I sampled another Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar about 3 months after my initial review, and enjoyed it even more. The flavor did not back down during the second half of the cigar as in the first sample. Therefore, I'm upping my rating to 4.5 points. Yes, a little aging can even help a super premium cigar.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by General Cigar.
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