Friday, April 23, 2010
Cortez Maduro - This is a new and relatively unknown brand. Handrolled in New Jersey, this company recently began production for wide consumption. Prior to that, these folks were hired event/party rollers. A friend at Fader's Cigar Shop in Towson, MD recommended I give this new cigar a try. I didn't know anything about it other than it was new and unheard of. It had a nice look and a price point I couldn't pass up.
According to the website, the Robusto in Maduro has a Brazilian wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco for filler. From what I know, these cigars are only available in a few shops in the Mid-Atlantic region, but can be purchased online.
Prelight - The Robusto has a dark, oily wrapper. I didn't know it was Brazilian at the time, but it had that dark hue, typical of a Brazilian wrapper. The cigar was firm throughout and the construction seemed solid. The cigar smelled of hay and the pre-light tasted the same.
The draw was a little tight and the cigar seemed damper than it should have.
Sparking it - With smoke in the air, we're smoking! The first few puffs don't offer much more than the taste of hay. I'm working hard to get an adequate amount of smoke as well. I roll the cap-end in my fingers and clip a bit more off the end. Thankfully, this lightens up the draw, providing more smoke. After about an inch or so, chocolate and coffee flavors start overpowering the hay. So far, this cigar is burning even and cool.
Smoking it - The draw is just a little too tight; even with the adjustments I made. I think it has something to do with how moist the cigar is. The flavor profile is consistently chocolate, hay and coffee - until the last 2", where the smoke gets bitter.
The best feature of the cigar is the construction. Although I had issues with he draw, the burn is even and the cigar hold up well. To be fair, I'm going back to grab another in two to three months.
This cigar has a lot of potential, but needs to rest before it reveals its true identity. For $5 - this cigar could be a big winner. Even with all the negative things I had to say, $5 was not a bad price. I am just being a bit picky becaue I realize this cigar has potential to be another tasty Brazilian-wrapped beauty.
Overall - C+
I will be reviewing this cigar again in the near future. I am eager to taste this cigar when it has had time to rest, cure and dry a bit.