Patina Maduro | Cigar Reviews by the Katman

Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Size: 5 x 52 Robusto
Strength: Full
Price: $10.95


Today we take a look at the new Patina Maduro.
I bought a fiver 4 weeks ago. I have smoked one stick prior to this review.

BACKGROUND:
From Halfwheel.com (4-13-2020)
“Brand owner Mo Maali announced the release of the Patina Maduro on Monday, and while he isn’t discussing the blend, he did say that the line is being made at the Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“With the addition of the Maduro to the Patina portfolio, we now have three dynamic offerings that cover all consumer profiles,” Maali said in a press release. “Similar to how we challenged existing perceptions with our Connecticut and Habano offerings respectively, the Patina Maduro challenges conventional expectations of a maduro cigar with a beautiful mix of balance, flavor, and strength.”

SIZES AND PRICING:
Rustic 5 x 52 $10.95
Oxidation 6 x 56 $13.95

APPEARANCE:
I love the look of this cigar. The transitions of color are amazing. It oozes oil like it’s been dipped in 10-40. The toothiness is pronounced. Yeah, seams are exposed…and there is some veinage that interrupts the flow of the cigar; but it adds character. A beautifully applied triple cap…and the cigar lays heavy in the hand. Maybe too heavy as this cigar is hard as a rock. Same thing with my first one. It needed a good working over with my PerfecDraw draw adjustment tool to get any draw at all.

I rarely comment on the cigar band because it makes no matter to me…unless it is festooned with skulls. I hate that. The skull explosion over the last few years is ridiculous. If I was 14, I would think it is so cool…but do grown men really need this?

SMELL THE GLOVE:
Lots going on here: Big fat amounts of floral, caramel, mint, chocolate, espresso, baking spices, nuts, cinnamon graham crackers, cedar, and barnyard.
I need to use my PerfecDraw on this baby too before I go for the cold draw experience.
It takes two deep throated injections of the tool to clear the plugs. The cigar is just jam packed.
The cold draw exhibits flavors of black pepper, chocolate, baking spices, nuts, caramel, cedar, and barnyard.

FIRST THIRD:
Big flavors upfront. Black coffee, milk chocolate, heavy on the black pepper, vanilla bean, caramel, cedar, raw cashews, cumin, barnyard, and Cheerios. That was from just one puff. Wow.

Complexity jumps in immediately. The balance is on point in this early juncture. Transitions begin. The finish is pepper and cream.
Creaminess shows up on my palate. The balance begins with a bang.

I’ve been watching Tyler Jeffery on FB tout these cigars for a month. I asked how long humi time they needed, and he said 5-7 days. I waited a month to be sure. He was probably right. I know nothing about this blend as the PR says nothing. It tastes like finely aged tobacco that’s been sleeping for a while.

An $11 cigar that sweeps the floor with the recently reviewed $29 Cohiba Royale.

Dudes, this is a delicious cigar with only 3/8” smoked. I cannot conceive of where it is going and how it is going to get there. This cigar will make up for all the recent bummer reviews I’ve done.

The complexity digs deeper. I like a spicy meat-a-ball but it hovers just above the place I’d like it to be. With some respectful humi time, I’m sure this will mellow out.

I’m getting all sorts of nuances…oregano, basil, black licorice, tart kiwi, and a heavy meatiness. Makes me hungry.
The burn is spectacular. Sharp as a razor.

I am so glad I chose this baby to review this morning. I’ve had so much anxiety about the crash and burn reviews I’ve done lately. I just can’t do another one for a while. Seriously, it ruins my day.

Too bad it only comes in two sizes. I’d love to see it in Corona Gorda or a Toro. It was serendipitous that I chose the Robusto instead of the big ol’ 6 x 56. I doubt the larger cigar would have been ready this quickly. So, for you fellas that hate to wait, like me, this is a no brainer.

If the cigar continues on this path, I will be considering it for one of the best cigars of 2020.

It is a slow roll because it is packed like a bratwurst. Makes me happy. This is a cigar you want to last, and savor.

The flavor profile makes no sudden moves. But it’s still early. I look forward to the second half.

The creaminess and the chocolate combine to make a perfect mousse with homemade whipped cream. And then it’s gone as it moves on to the long series of transitions.

A sip of water and my cheeks collapse…just like when I was in Quentin.
Flavor explosion. My brain skips a beat and a big stupid smile appears.

All those weeks, while I was sick with Covid, cleaned up my palate. I can taste everything and then some. Probably why I was so brutal on previous cigars.
The first third ends.

SECOND THIRD:
Manna from the gods. The complexity heightens. Transitions are going nuts. The finish is delightful.

The spiciness calms down opening the door for the subtleties to expose themselves.

When you snag a few of these, no worries about catching all the flavor components. This is truly an example of the whole being more impressive than its parts. My mouth is a party and the cops have been called.

I love the blues. I started playing in blues bands in the late 80’s. And it became my way of life. I’ve been so fortunate to play with so many great players. Yes, I’m listening to an array of tunes right now and I can’t keep from swaying the way Ray Charles did at his Fender Rhodes.

Oh right…the strength…it’s been at medium/full. I expect it to knock me for a loop in the last third. I will see God in a vision and God will be a Twinkie. I only said that because I stopped eating sugar in 1980. That ruled out ever eating a Twinkie ever again. I miss those little cockroaches.

I wouldn’t be surprised that my sugarless life helped a bit in staying alive and not croaking when I was so sick for a month. You know they have been able to make just about anything sugarless these days…except for the Twinkie and doughnuts. 40 years since I’ve tasted a doughnut. I’m jonesing hard. Occasionally, Charlotte will eat a doughnut and I French kiss her immediately after.

There is a perfect balance of savory v. sweet.
Some fruit appears…baked apple, dates, and raisins.

The chocolate and the creaminess don’t give up the ghost. They are in perfect tandem during this entire adventure. The espresso gives it a slight touch of bitterness that works flawlessly with the other flavors.

Any time the spiciness diminishes in a blend, the little flavors come out to play. Normally, they are squashed by heavy pepper. Small notes of melon, steak sauce, cinnamon, and BBQ.

I have now hit full tilt on the strength as my vision becomes blurry. That is the downside from taking a long break from smoking. I’m even more susceptible to nicotine.

Sip of water and once again, my cheeks collapse from flavor overload.
I don’t taste earth, wind, and leather.
I taste phenomenally aged tobacco. It is rich and earthy…OK, so one out of three ain’t so bad.

The richness of the blend is mind blowing. I am the Patina Maduro. I am the ball.

Now this cigar may be too much for newbies. The strength continues to become more intense. I put my readers on so I can see the laptop screen. The blend coats my soul in colors and beatification.

I’m nearing the halfway point. I may need to be revived in the last third with a defibrillator. I’ve been well for almost 10 days. And this is the first really strong cigar I’ve smoked. I can feel it. I’m giddy and dizzy…I may need to walk it off.
And now I’m paralyzed. Great cigar.

The complex nature of this blend is so powerful that my mind spins. My palate is doing the Mashed Potato.

It dawns on me I still have half a cigar to go. Will I survive? I don’t believe it is the nicotine doing this to me. I wish Mo Maali disclosed the leaf stats. There must be a ton of Ligero in this blend.

Creaminess makes a quantum leap. The spiciness returns two-fold. I will need to lay down after this. But I love it. This is a rare experience in cigar smoking. Patina could have charged much more than $11 for this blend. I love a boutique brand that doesn’t take advantage of its customer base. Of course, giving them a brain aneurysm may lessen the customer base as well.

This is going to be at least a 90-minute smoke. The 6 x 56 will take hours. There is no way I could have reviewed that size. I love hearty blends, but the strength is incredible.

You must be a connoisseur to venture into this blend. Of course, if you smoke regularly each day, and don’t get sidelined by Covid, you should be OK.

I’m at the point that I no longer care about the flavors. The experience is the thing.
And the moment I finish the last sentence, flavors explode making this a true flavor bomb. Haven’t had one of these in a while.

I feel like I’m sitting in the front row of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood seeing the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” during the last scene when it gets psychedelic. I saw that film several times when it came out. Hippies always ran to the front rows.

LAST THIRD:
This is a perfect cigar for my palate. Yeah, I’m wussing out due to strength; but that can be overlooked due to my time off. I’m not saying it’s the best cigar in the world…but this is perfection incarnate.

I can’t wait to read other reviewer’s opinions.

I’m now at a point with this cigar that will test my manhood.

I reviewed the Habano in 2018 and it got a 93. As good as that cigar was, the Maduro is better.

I got through the entire review without saying fuck.

There must be a word to describe passing full strength…I pick ‘unbent.’

Flavors return in force. In the midst of my hallucinations, I can taste every single component I’ve described…but with an intensity that goes beyond satisfying.

I’ve always had a thing for great drummers. Being a bass player will do that. I’m listening to The Fabulous Thunderbirds. My old high school buddy, and bandmate, Stephen Hodges played with this band for a while. He now tours with Mavis Staples.

Flavor bomb does not do justice to what my palate is experiencing.
This has been one of the most extraordinary and impassioned blends I’ve ever smoked.
If I had Dr. Rod’s money, I’d buy a box. But for now, another fiver will do nicely.
With an inch to go, I’ve spent two hours on this cigar.
If you don’t buy this cigar, you’re all out of my will.
Wow.

RATING: 100



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11 replies

  1. That was quite the “E” ride – the review and trip up and down S.K.!
    I can truly attest to the “Brits” only bathing once a week – lived there for (3) years. Spent the first three months trying to figure out what that strange smell was. As a side note, I made a habit never to bathe on Saturdays –
    the water pressure would be about a -3 psi .
    Will try the Patina when my balls swell to a size large enough to handle that bad ass stick.

    Looking forward to your 2020 list.

  2. Damn it Phil, I’m all ready to go in debt again, your fault again, but all the onlines are sold out. Could you send me a couple of yours?

  3. Damn, this is the second time you’ve made me rush out to place an order (grabbed a fiver of the double toros). This and the Todos las Dias. Keep the flavor bombs that make you hallucinate coming!

    • Hey Sailor Man,
      AAAHuuUUH GUhGuhGuhGuh
      It is my pleasure to lose my mind if it means I can pass on good news about a cigar.
      I apologize to your wallet and probably your wife too. It gets harder and harder to deceive the old lady. I lie about the price.
      All the best,
      Phil

  4. Great review as always another one to put on my Katman Approves list. Glad you’re feeling better.

    Can you point me to some Facebook groups you mention? I never seem to find any that are active and engaging.

    • Hi Aaron,
      Thank you kindly, sir…I am feeling better. I can now lift my own weight in Depends.
      Any time I speak about FB, I’m only referring to my friends.
      I stopped the FB cigar groups and independent cigar forums years ago.
      The fun lasted only so long as the bullies always showed up…usually the guys that have been in the group the longest. When it’s not fun any longer, time to leave.
      It’s just been my experience. Just haven’t had any luck. Besides, I’m more interested in musician forums anyway…I’m sure there are plenty of great cigar forums out there.
      I have your email. You and I can talk.
      Phil

  5. While I’m really glad that I was able to try this cigar, there is a part of me that really regrets trying it. The Patina Maduro is so deliciously-complex that it truly raises the bar on what I think is a delicious and complex cigar. Cigars that I previously thought were complex and delicious will now seem significantly less complex and delicious. Others will be demoted to boring/bland in flavor. No cigar has left me smelling my smoking hand hours after I’ve smoked it. No cigar has been so good that I have no intentions of sharing my cigars with another. Instead, I will tell friends where to buy their own. This cigar is just ridiculously good that I will have a second one today. Dare I declare it, it’s the best cigar I’ve ever had by far (Cubans included).