Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

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Today’s pair of cigar reviews will focus on the Macanudo Estate Reserve and the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro.

Macanudo Estate Reserve No. III

In case you’ve been living under a rock for a long time, the Macanudo name is probably quite familiar to you.  The brand is produced by the folks at General Cigar, and in terms of volume, Macanudo is the best-selling premium cigar in the United States.  So, how did they decide to celebrate the brand’s 45 years of success?  By releasing the Estate Reserve line.  It’s a limited release slated to hit shelves this month, but you can expect more Estate Reserve releases on an annual basis.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on a No. III, so let’s see if Macanudo picked the right cigar to celebrate their 45th anniversary. 

The Macanudo Estate Reserve No. III measures 5 x 50.  It’s one of three sizes in the line, with the other two being the 7 x 50 No. I and the 6 x 52 No. II. The cigar’s filler contains tobacco from the Dominican Republic.  The binder is also Dominican.  These tobaccos supposedly came from an independent grower that aged them for at least 8 to 10 years.  Topping it all off is a Connecticut Shade wrapper.  As far as strength is concerned, the Estate Reserve is listed as a medium-bodied cigar, which is no surprise as Macanudos usually aren’t marketed as being powerhouses.

Right off the bat I am impressed with the appearance of the Estate Reserve. The cigar just has an elegant look to it.  The decorative band features the Macanudo name as well as the Estate Reserve moniker. The gold accents on the band stand out nicely.  The golden brown wrapper looks good and sports plenty of oil on the surface.  There are a few medium-sized veins that run throughout the body.  I feel no soft spots and notice no real imperfections.  The cigar appears to have solid construction, just as I would expect from a Macanudo.  Before lighting I pick up an aroma of cedar and earth, while the cold taste is sweet.

In terms of the burn of the Macanudo Estate Reserve, I have virtually no complaints.  The cigar lights easily and provides a draw that is just right.  The light gray ash is compact and I don’t have to perform any touch-ups throughout the entire smoking experience.  The same holds true for re-lights.  There’s also plenty of thick smoke during the 75 minute smoking experience.

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