Saturday, February 5, 2011
Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto Review
Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto - 5 X 50. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Habano, Binder - Dominican (La Vega Especial), Filler - Dominican, Brazilian, Nicaraguan. Medium bodied.
Initial taste - Very dry woodiness.
First third - Wood, spice and a dry leather taste.
Second third - Spice increasing, wood and an earthiness emerging.
Last third - Spice and now a raisin/fruity earthiness and leather. Long finish of spice and earth.
Construction was very good - slight oily sheen to the wrapper and no major veins. Burn was good - a slight crooked burn but a light gray ash that held on. Draw was perfect.
A very good cigar blended by the legendary Benji Menendez. I thoroughly enjoyed the way this cigar evolved with great balance and complexity and the earthy flavor - no doubt the result of the Brazilian Mata Fina in the filler. I know that General Cigar lists this as Medium bodied, but I would consider it more of a Medium-Full bodied smoke. MSRP for the robusto is $5.79 which I feel is a very good value. I would definitely recommend this cigar.