Wisconsin is getting a portion of that really bad weather hitting all over the country but we seem to be in the eye of the storm. No snow. Just bone chilling cold. It is 9am and -16°. Brrrrrr.
I actually have a few friends and acquaintances who don’t like a maduro cigar!! How can this be? Do they sit in a dark corner of their bedroom at night masturbating to the sounds of ABBA and holding their Boo Boo bear? Or were they abused as children being forced to watch Mr. Ed, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Bonanza, Rin Tin Tin, Captain Kangaroo and the Andy Williams Show? Is there no end to the mental illness?
Rafael Nodal likes a maduro wrapper and has worked on this one for years before deciding he got it right. Don’t read this if you want to wait til the end of the review: He got it right, big time.
His wrapper has been marinating for 5 years. Plus, he started working on it a year before. I can’t imagine waiting 5 years for anything.
So at the 2013 IPCPR trade show, there was a big unveiling of the Aging Room Maduro. At first there were concerns it would be a limited batch run but it turns out it is a regular production cigar.
The cigar comes in 6 sizes:
Presto: 4.5 x 48
Rondo: 5 x 50
Mezzo: 6 x 54
Alto: 7 x 47
Major: 6.5 x 60 With the price ranging from $8-$10 a stick.
I must tread lightly here because I am of the mind only the most special of cigars are worth $10. Especially, when there are some brilliant $5-$6 cigars out there.
If you want more info on this you will have to go the “A Lister” reviewers. They are cigar insiders who actually get to speak to the blenders. They work in a position where they get every brand new cigar to come down the pipe two months before anyone has even heard of them. I’m a misplaced surfer boy from So Cal living in lovely Milwaukee….sort of Mayberry on acid. And my only access to the cigar industry is when I contact Cbid and tell them I can’t afford to pay for what I won.
Construction is solid. The wrapper is near coal black. A slight sheen of oil on the wrapper and it feels very toothy. Can’t tell how many caps. Expertly done, all. Seams are invisible and veins merge into the murkiness of the blackness of a maduro wrapper.
I just took some photos of the cigar in the morning light and it picks up the rustic-like quality in the cigar.
I clip the cap and find aromas of those nasty little chocolate covered cherries that are impossible to bite into without the thick cherry juice; I mean corn syrup, exploding all over your clothing and chin. There is a dried fruit component. I smell dark coffee, sweetness and spice. The red pepper makes me blink a couple of times from its potency. I also get the aroma of an Oscar Mayer wiener. That’s a first.
My patron, Jason Harding at BestCigarPrices.com writes reviews for his bosses. I read his because he is one of the best reviewers around. I got a kick out of it when he described the wrapper as thus, “rather burly-looking maduro wrap, loaded with tiny magnesium pimples.”
Magnesium pimples? Did I fall asleep in Chemistry class? I was one of those fortunate lads who never had zit problems in school. And I still couldn’t get past second base. I was 5’11 and weighed 74lbs. Yeah, I was skinny. My collar bones stuck out so far that girls would hang their sweaters on them as they sat down in class. Now…if I look at a doughnut, I gain 3lbs. Are you one of those body types that when you gain a little weight, it goes to your face? Me too. When I have the dough to eat well my head looks like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloon.
This has nothing to do with anything, as usual. But I buy things from cafepress.com. They have the coolest stuff. They have hundreds of quality made cigar Tee Shirts. My closet is full of them. I got an email with a 40% promo code and I wanted a beer can cooler. One that is not like my material based construction few. This one is made of yellow cake uranium so it cost $14.00. But lo and behold, it had a Frank Zappa quote on it. Snagged it.
Time to light up.
I should note that I fired one up last night to make sure it was ready for review. This is one of the slowest smoking cigars in a robusto size I’ve ever smoked. Normally, I smoke as I write. To keep you from throwing your laptop or phone on the floor because I have written a 200 page review, I will take breaks from writing and just smoke. You can thank me by sending me money by phone at 1-666-Moo-cher.
Wow. A mighty wind of smoke and spicy red pepper. The pepper clears the sinuses and blots out any possible flavors beneath it. There is a huge difference in your palate first thing in the morning compared to an evening smoke. That morning palate gives you the truest taste of the cigar down to the most minute nuances. It is the only time I review a cigar.
Flavors begin to appear as the pepper subsides. Creaminess is the first. And then some mocha café. The char line is wavy and needs correction early on.
The flavor profile is heading towards flavor bomb and will be there by the end of the first third. There is heavy cream with melted caramel flavor combo that is really nice. The maduro sweetness appears and wraps the other flavors into a cigar burrito. This stick ain’t cheap but it holds its own by being deeply flavorful and filled to the brim with character and balance. I’ve smoked a lot of $6 sticks and a lot of $20 sticks. Often, the more expensive stick has the aging and blending finesse that is undeniably striking in content. This cigar has that X factor. I really dig it you groovy guys and gals. (Hippie-Speak returning to this old man.)
The char line has been spot on since correcting early on.
Flavors are, in descending order: Creaminess, cocoa, coffee, dried fruit, sweetness, leather, and very earthy. The balance is perfect and has a very long finish. The sweetness begins to compete with the creaminess.
But what is truly ruling the nest is the taste of the aged tobacco. I find it very difficult to describe what excellent aged tobacco tastes like. It is felt in the gut and the palate. It provides the cigar with all of its character bypassing the flavor profile by making it secondary.
I hit the halfway point and confirm that the sweet spot was defined 10 minutes ago. This cigar is most certainly a flavor bomb but not in the way most good $6 cigars are. It is the blending that the web site says “…uses a proprietary curing and aging process.”
I am feeling the nicotine kick now as the cigar hits full bodied. The list of flavors has not changed but have become very complex. The flavor of nuts shows itself for the first time. And the dried fruit exposes itself as a combo of raisin, dates, and melon.
This is one of the most delicious cigars I’ve smoked in a while. OK. It is an $8 cigar. But I would pay that again for this blend. The price point is accurate for this quality.
I sit at the dining room table, which is my work station. Seven feet away, is a large window that I must keep open for the smoke to escape. At -16°, my balls have shrunk to the size of mouse turds. And my nipples are hard. Try to wipe that image from your memory bank.
I clipped a tiny bit of the cap away because it was becoming unsightly and as a result, some of the wrapper is unraveling. I know when I do this; it has a 50/50 chance of these results. Du-oh.
The cigar is as smooth as glass now. Not a hint of harshness or bitterness. The char line corrects itself.
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