Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Vitola: Piramide Fino (6 x 52)
Purchase Link: Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro
BRAZILIAN MADURO REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Cinnamon apple sauce on the pre-light. Hickory, brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon have this cigar starting off as a "1 seed." There's an oakiness coming through, and though I'm not usually a huge fan of oak, it's currently fitting right into the fold of bomb flavors. Red pepper and chocolate!
Second third begins with toasted caramel goodness. The red pepper lingers with some sweetness on the retrohale. So far, this stick hasn't had any huge flavor transitions, but seems to be shuffling the prominence of each flavor by the minute. I've made a few burn touch-ups here and there, but nothing drastic.
I'm getting some ginger in the final third but without the bite. Just when I thought I was in cruise control, the cigar goes out on me. Root beer and caramel corn. It's getting a bit hot to smoke with a good 3 inches left. Cycled between burning my lips and relighting it in an unfortunate final act.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Compliments from strangers.
Pairing Suggestion: Cuba Libre.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
BRAZILIAN MADURO REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar had enjoyable flavors, but a problematic burn caused way too many issues.
On the flavor front, I got pepper, chocolate, oak, cream, grass, natural tobacco, and nuts. At times, it was a lot like smoking a Hershey’s with almonds.
The burn was a mess. It started wavy and got worse. It went out a couple of times. I don’t know what the deal was with this particular cigar, but it didn’t want to burn.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like...trying to keep a campfire going with wet wood. But you do get to eat S’mores while you do it.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
BRAZILIAN MADURO REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: Brown sugar, barnyard scent and rich tobacco all waft from the wrapper of this cigar. Noticeably, it has a nicely shaped torpedo cap and is very firmly packed.
Wow, hold on folks. Raisins dredged in molasses, coffee with a ladle full of brown sugar, green apple and some smooth pepper spice all bolt out of the gate to start. Also, it’s producing more smoke than a cigar has a right to. Things later transition to leather, lemon zest, caramel and mild tobacco with a rounded pepper finish. Mechanically, the cigar is A+.
By the halfway point things have simplified a little bit with leather, lemon zest and a slight floral note. There is a super nice caramel sweetness in the retro hale. Again, mechanically, the cigar is just perfect with the ash falling right at the halfway point. It continues to belch smoke off the razor-sharp burn line.
By the end, salty leather and tobacco shouldered by heavy floral sweetness construct the entire profile. Not the ending I was hoping for.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: A crab appetizer, grilled chicken entree and saltine crackers for dessert.
Pairing Suggestion: A hoppy IPA.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5 pack.
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