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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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altToday we are kicking things off here on Puff.com with a review of the mild Macanudo Gold Label Gold Bar and will finish up with the stronger E.P. Carrillo Atlantic 15th Anniversary Toro.

Macanudo Gold Label Gold Bar

Macanudo is no stranger to putting out mild cigars, and its Gold Label line helps to continue that tradition.  If you’ve tried the Macanudo Café before, it’s worth noting that the Gold Label is a limited edition version of that particular line.  As for the Gold Label name, it comes from the cigar’s golden colored Connecticut Shade wrapper.  For this review, I will be smoking the Gold Bar, which is one of the thicker formats in the line.

The Macanudo Gold Label Gold Bar measures 5 x 60.  Other sizes produced in the line include the 4 x 60 Nugget, 5.25 x 54 Duke of York, 5.5 x 42 Hampton Court, 5.5 x 50 Crystal, 6 x 52 Tudor, 6.5 x 45 Shakespeare, and the 7 x 49 Lord Nelson.  The cigar’s composition begins with a filler of Mexican and Piloto Cubano tobaccos.  A San Andreas binder comes next, and the aforementioned Connecticut Shade wrapper completes the composition.  In terms of strength, the Gold Label is categorized as being mild-bodied.

Macanudo did a good job with the presentation of the Gold Label Gold Bar.  It comes in a cedar coffin wrapped in gold colored foil to represent - you guessed it - a gold bar.  As I take a look at the cigar itself, it has two decorative bands.  The top band features the Macanudo name, while the one beneath it displays the Gold Label moniker.  Both bands feature a good amount of gold coloring that meshes nicely with the wrapper’s light shade.  There’s a good amount of oil on the thick cigar’s wrapper and very few veins, giving it a silky smooth appearance.  I detect no soft spots or imperfections.  Before lighting, there’s a sweet flavor and a scent of cedar that comes from the Gold Bar.

After lighting, the Macanudo Gold Label Gold Bar burns like a quality cigar should.  There’s an easy draw and a large volume of smoke.  The burn is even from start to finish without the need for any touch-ups or re-lights.  The gray ash is firm in nature.  The Gold Label definitely possesses excellent construction.

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