Years ago, I thought maduro cigars were the greatest thing. Perhaps because they were different from what I was used to. In 2011 I received a box of San Lotano Maduro as a birthday gift and they did not last long. Today if I had a box of them, they would probably last a year or more.
Brand/ Name of Cigar: San Lotano/ Maduro
Country of origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Binder: Honduras and Dominican ( Dual Binder )
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
Shape: Toro, 6 x by 54 X, Box Pressed
Where and when smoked: 11/20/16 , Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles Ca.
Dark brown, depending on the light almost black. Solid box press, tight, and oily to the touch. Smooth almost slick feel to the wrapper. A very sharp looking, well made cigar.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
Initially it was a rich mixture of chocolate, sweetness and a candy quality bordering on brown sugar. These are the best characteristics of a well made maduro. Also, a bit of a spice blast but not overpowering.
The smoke had an even burn, very pleasant looking grey ash and did not lose it’s solid
construction. The cigar held it’s shape which is a plus as some smokes as we know lose their integrity as down the road. Did not burn hot or have any issues.
I stand by my original thought that maduro cigars will be a once in awhile occasion for me. The flavor, construction and smoking experience was a nice ride but the nuances of a great smoke was not there. I liken it to being on the 405 on a non rush moment in LA. Glad the traffic was moving but the view was nothing special. I would rather be on the Pacific Coast Highway looking at the ocean. For maduro smokers, this is an unqualified hit. For me, if someone gave me this cigar I would smoke it, not sure I would buy it.
Final Thoughts and numbers:
Appearance/ Construction: 4 out 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.5 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 3.8 out of 5
For maduro smokers this is a must for your humidor, for others, a good but occasional change for your usual . A good choice however.