Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 08 August 2011

User Rating: / 4

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The Mataza won’t win any beauty contests, but it does have a decent appearance. The red band near the head is a tad bland, and it shows the Mataza name and logo. The Brazilian wrapper is dark and has a nice oily sheen. The cigar is somewhat toothy in nature with a few medium-sized veins that are visible. As I give the Mataza a feel, I find zero soft spots. The pre-light aroma is of coffee, while the cold taste is sweet.

The Mataza Robusto Gordo lights with ease and exhibits a draw that is just right. There’s a nice volume of smoke as well. The burn does require a few touch-ups here and there, but nothing major. The gray ash is flaky, so keep that in mind when dressing up for your cigar smoking experience.

Alec Bradley was spot on when describing the Mataza as smooth. Complexity, on the other hand, is another issue. The cigar begins with a good dose of sweetness, as well as some wood. Midway into the second third some spicy pepper shows up. It’s just a small taste of pepper though. Not once does the cigar become overbearing or powerful. The final third is mostly coffee, plus the sweetness enjoyed in the beginning.

Overall, I have to say that the Alec Bradley Mataza was an enjoyable stick. It didn’t wow me with its appearance, but it had solid construction and was very smooth. I did not pick up a lot of complexity, but that’s okay. There were some decent flavor transitions to keep things from getting monotonous. The best part about the Mataza is its price. You can get a box of 25 for around $85. At that price point, I would consider getting a box to keep around for friends or days when I want something smooth and relaxing. Hiland’s Cigars, an online retailer, was the first to receive the Mataza, so look them up if you are interested in picking some up for yourself.

The Alec Bradley Mataza Robusto Gordo earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.


0 # BahiaJim L 2011-08-12 10:23
I smoked the Bahia gold way back when before they changed the the blend. At that time it was a superb smoke, and was costly as well, but even still, it was miles above anything near its price point at that time. I have not experienced it since they made the change, but have heard that it is nowehere near its previous blend which is unfortunate.


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0 # Bahia disappointmentPaul Z 2011-10-22 16:11
I used to love Bahia Golds when they made them originally. It was my top 3 cigars of that time and that included Cubans. The price was a little high, but worth every penny. When Tony Borhani decided to go cheap and thought he was above the first rule of sales. ALWAYS PLEASE THE CUSTOMER before thinking about how much money you are making. He didn't and he has been in the abyss for the last 8 years. I would love for the original Bahia Gold to come back to it's original luster and beauty, but that is up to Tony Borhani himself. If Tony reads this understand I am a person that smokes a lot of cigars a year and to have myself, my brother and my best friend to be lost as customers is a big hit. We would buy at least 10 boxes a year of Bahia Golds. Now we basically stick to Cubans. We know they will not let us down and they are not going to charge an arm and a leg like Opus X or Diamond Crown. Tony here is my email if you would like to gain some respect back froma die hard loyal customer. Please write and we can talk. :cry:

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0 # try them again...notyou 2012-08-24 05:54
if you don't like how little they cost, send me the extra. I could use it to buy more of them ( ;

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