Sometimes, not just any cigar will do. Sometimes … it’s just gotta be a cigar in a maduro wrapper. Freelance writer Kieth Lewis brings us all of the different tastes a maduro can have — no, they don’t have to be heavy — as well as some notable sticks.
Dark cigars have made a comeback in recent years. Of course, serious cigar lovers have always enjoyed maduros, which come in rich deep brown or even black wrappers. But the novice cigar smoker should not assume that darker wrappers mean the cigars are stronger. Many maduros are mildly flavored, even sweet or toasty tasting. But whether they are medium or full-bodied in taste, maduros are meant to be savored.
But if you’re not sure you can handle these dark cigars, try a sampler pack, such as the Famous ‘Best of Maduros’ Sampler. You’ll enjoy a couple each of various brands such as Cuvee 151 Robusto Maduro, Olde World Reserve Toro Maduro, and Padron 2000 Maduro. Once you’ve found one that you enjoy—and you will—you can purchase your new favorite on its own.
Another sampler to try is the Dark and Delectable Premiums Cigar Sampler. This collection contains ten of the finest maduro cigars made today. Rocky Patel VTG and Cusano 18 are just two of the flavorful cigars in this set of ten. Give them each a try before deciding on your favorite.
From lighter and brighter, to a bit heaver
But if you want to jump right in, try a box of Ashton Aged Maduro #60 Cigars. This dark, sweet cigar is handcrafted by Arturo Fuente. The smooth flavor and enticing aroma come from the perfect aging of select Dominican tobaccos and Connecticut broadleaf wrappers. This is a truly premium cigar that you will savor with each draw.
The Oliva Serie G Maduro Presidente Cigar is wrapped in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The flavor of this handcrafted cigar is medium to full bodied, with a sweetly earthy undertone. Nicaraguan Habano long-fillers and binders are blended to give this maduro its bold taste and charming aroma. After only a few puffs one of these this fine cigars, you’ll be ready for an entire box.
If you want to try a fine maduro without spending a lot of money, try a box of Saint Luis Rey Rothchilde Cigars. These blend Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Honduran long-filled tobaccos to create a flavor that is medium to full bodied. Choose these cigars wrapped in Mexican San Andres Morron Maduro wrappers, and enjoy the smooth taste of a world-renowned cigar that is available at a great price.
If you’ve enjoyed natural Trinidad cigars in the past, step up to a bolder flavor with the Trinidad Cabinet Seleccion Rothchilde Cigars. These maduros have a rich taste that comes from a blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Dominican long-filled tobacco and Indonesian-seed binder. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrappers surround all this flavor, bringing this cigar to the level of luxury that you deserve.
If you want to try a maduro that is lighter in color, the Cusana P1 Corona Cigar may be the one for you. This cigar is handmade of Dominican tobaccos that are wrapped in Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. This is a medium flavored cigar, sweet to the taste, and is an excellent choice for serious cigar smokers, whether they are novice or experienced.
Get really strong
If you’re looking for something a little more potent, the Rocky Patel The Edge Torpedo 5 Pack is the one to try. These cigars are full bodied—a real cigar experience. The all-Ligero blend will give you the ultimate flavor and aroma, truly dark in nature, and is for mature smokers. Novice smokers might want to try something a bit less bold in their first maduro cigar.
Another bold maduro is the Trinidad Toro 5 Pack. Extra dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrappers enfold a blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Dominican long-fillers with an Indonesian-seed binder to create a truly robust taste. This is one of the most flavorful cigars you’ll ever smoke. It, too, should be reserved for seasoned smokers.
A big cigar with even bigger flavor is the La Floridita Corona Gigante Cigar. Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers are blended together by hand and then wrapped in a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper to create this full bodied cigar. This one comes at a reasonable price for beginning—but serious—cigar collectors. Prepare for a mouthwatering experience as you enjoy this big and bold cigar.
If you want to experience a truly strong and complex smoke, consider the Gurkha G3 Toro Cigars. Three Nicaraguan ligero leaves are blended with a Cameroon binder, and all of it is wrapped in an oily Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. This cigar is truly unique and full bodied. Earthy, sweet and toasty…those are the words that will roll through your mind as the smoke of this cigar circles your head. The intense flavor is not for the faint hearted. But for those who truly appreciate a full bodied cigar, this is the one to try.
If you are serious about cigars, give maduros a try. Chances are that you will find a new favorite for your collection.