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Written by Puff Staff

Saturday, 16 March 2002

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butera vintage no. 550 maduromaduro
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We are bound and determined by the end of this return to find something, anything you could say was negative about this cigar...but don't count on us being successful. We are bound and determined by the end of this return to find something, anything you could say was negative about this cigar...but don't count on us being successful. As we always agree to share when we didn't scrape through our own minimal funds to buy the reviewed cigars, these were provided by our friends at "2 Smoke Cigars". There was nothing planned in looking at two maduro cigars for the beginning of our March reviews, although it ended up looking like these cigars we're separated at birth. The Butera Maduro is another fine looking maduro, having a oily wrapper, and no apparent flaws in the external construction. If Butera decided to fancy up the band a bit, maybe add the word "limited" or "anniversary, and they could easily double the price and follow the lead of some of the other manufacturers. Very few faults in the construction of this cigar. A few of the reviewers made mention of a tight draw, but it never clouded their ability to enjoy the other aspects of the cigar. The variation in the draw is a challenge, as it can cause some smokers scurrying to their humidor to adjust settings, when in reality the cigar was rolled inconsistently. The Butera Vintage Maduro imparts a strong spice when you first bring it to your mouth. To some, this was a bit strong, but it is important to note that this mellowed with time. Again, much like it's cousin this month, the Butera Maduro No. 500 is able to have a strong taste without being overpowering. "I like this cigar as an everyday smoke, as it seems to have abundant personality. The creamy flavor continues throughout the smoke, and causes me to add this to the list of top Maduro's" Friendly little comment from one of our guest reviewers, and right on the money as well. Many descriptors were used to describe the flavor of this smoke, but without a doubt "creamy", "spicy", and "consistent" were the most often cited. The Butera Vintage Maduro is a great cigar for beginning cigar smokers who are looking to take a walk on the "wilder" side. Note we said "wilder", and not "wild", as this little smoke will have a hard time satisfying the ultra strong cigar fan. The price bummed us out a bit, as we were hoping for something in the $5 buck a stick range. If we had searched our memory a bit more, we would have remembered, Butera is a higher priced brand, and in this case may be worth it! Give it a try! Vital Statistics: Shape = Robusto Length=5" RG =50 Wrapper = Connecticut Filler = Brazil, D.R. Binder = Indonesia Estimated Cost = $7.00



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