A few weeks ago I received some samples from General Cigar Co, including the new Macanudo and Macanudo Maduro Gigantes, measuring 6″x60. I’ve become a fan of the Macanudo maduros, sure they are a mild cigar, but they have a load of flavors that I like. When I was visiting the factory in Santiago last fall, by the 3rd day I had smoked so many cigars, and I lit up a Macanudo maduro and first, I could taste it, and second, it tasted good. I probably smoked nothing but the Mac Maduros for the rest of the day. So, I was excited to try the 6″x 60 Gigante. Many say that this format waters down the blends, but I haven’t really found that to be the case. I admit to really enjoying the 60 ring cigars, I feel like it’s a guilty pleasure, but I haven’t really had a bad 60 ring cigar. I’ve mentioned before that 50 ring feels puny now, a robusto feels like a quick smoke. The Macanudo was a very tasty cigar that was good to the last drop and had the exceptional construction one would expect.
I sometimes get in a bit of a rut, and smoke a few related cigars in a row, and this was one of those weeks. Monday’s cigar was a Partagas Black Label Magnifico. This a jet black 6″x54 toro that I revisited in the DR, and remembered how much I enjoyed them. The dark, Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is oily and beautiful. It is a bit stronger than the Macanudo, of course, but packed with flavor. Of course it was perfectly made, as I witnessed first hand at the factory, they can’t seem to make a bad cigar there. Partagas Black Label=yummy smoke!
Last night I was in the mood for something a little smaller, so I once again dug into the General Cigar Co. samples and picked out a CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso. This is a newly released size in the Maduro line, measuring 4.5″ x 50. I’ve smoked the La Traviata Maduro before and was quite unimpressed. It was one of those cigars that everyone raved about, but I just didn’t get. It seems like I had a dud (I think it was a trade show sample from a couple years ago), because this Rothschild was delicious. It was just about the perfect size for my one-plus mile walk and held the ash for almost half of the cigar. Another Connecticut Broadleaf, I know….I love that wrapper leaf, and combined with a Cameroon binder it was very surprising to me that I didn’t like the first ones I smoked. This one’s back on my radar and one I’ll pick up the next time I see them. I do have a complaint about the CAO website though. It’s really slick, but one thing it lacks is a listing of the sizes of the cigars in each line. If you want to know where the events are, it’s great, but if you’re looking for the sizes and names of the various cigars, one should be able to find it without having to go to retailers sites. It’s a surprising omission, Rick? Ed? Please feel free to comment on this and set me straight!
Once again, from the pages of history, this newspaper clipping appears in the October 18, 1838 Philadelphia Inquirer. It seems to be a mouthpiece for a cigar with a cotton filter. Pretty cool to go back 175 years and see the new inventions of the times! Obviously this modern development caught on in other areas of tobacco consumption, but when was the last time you saw a cigar holder or mouthpiece, let alone a filter?
That’s all I got! Until the next time,