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Review of Macanudo Mao Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Macanudo Mao cigars were released by General Cigar in September 2016. These cigars are made in Dominican Republic with a blend of regenerated Dominican tobacco along with some Nicaraguan and Colombian long filler, a Mexican binder, and a Connecticut Shade wrapper. Macanudo Mao is a limited edition cigar available in three sizes, including the No. 10 Robusto (5 x 50) priced at $16 per cigar. For more information about these cigars, please check out the press release.

The Macanudo Mao No. 10 began with a peppery flavor that was predominate for the first five minutes. As the pepper started to fade, the cigar became smoother and had more of a creamy citrus flavor. The body of the smoke was at the upper end of the medium range, but not quite medium-to-full. The cigar had a very good draw, held a long ash, and had an even burn. It took me 45 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining.

Although the Macanudo Mao is a very good cigar with an unique flavor that deserves a rating of 4 points on a 5-point scale, it is a bit pricey in my opinion. However, I found 5-packs online priced at less than $50, for an average price of just under $10 per stick (compare to $16 SRP). Regardless, I enjoyed some of the less expensive new cigars released by General Cigar during the second half of 2016, about just as much as the Macanudo Mao. You still might want to try a few, only to experience the taste of regenerated Dominican tobacco cultivated from seeds from the 1960's.


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