Thursday, February 24, 2011

Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 Toro Review

Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 Toro - 6 X 54. Wrapper - Connecticut Broadleaf Vintage 1997, Binder - Honduras (Havana Talanga), Filler - Dominican, Brazilian, Nicaraguan. Medium bodied.

Initial taste - Earthiness & wood.

First third - Spiciness, earth and a very enjoyable bittersweet dark chocolate taste along with the woodiness.

Second third - Spice, earth, bittersweet dark chocolate but now the woodiness is gone.

Last third - Continuation of the spice, earthiness and the bittersweet dark chocolate. Long finish of spice and dark chocolate.

Construction was very good - very dark wrapper (almost black), with little or no veins. Burn was good producing a salt & pepper colored and somewhat flaky ash that held on. Draw was perfect.

I was impressed with the flavor profile as well as the complexity and great balance. I particularly liked the bittersweet chocolate flavor. This is a limited release line with a fourteen year old Connecticut Maduro wrapper leaf. MSRP on this vitola is $8.99. Although medium bodied, this cigar can be enjoyed after lunch as well as after a hearty dinner. Very bold flavors. Highly recommended.

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