Mario Palomino is back and better than ever – the elusive Dominican brand that rivaled Royal Jamaica and of course, Macanudo.
Long time aficionados will surely remember this brand as it dates back to the 1960s. Prior to 1995, Jamaica was a formidable exporter of cigars, with the top most popular brands being Macanudo, Royal Jamaica, and of course, Mario Palomino. Due to changing political and economical conditions, few cigars are still made and exported from Jamaica, but many die-hard cigar fans still remember their favorite Jamaican blends rolled with premium Jamaican tobacco; these cigar fans have no doubt been longing for the return of premium Jamaican cigars. Today, we welcome Mario Palomino back to the table as the cigar is now rolled under the close supervision of Marvin Wright at his Blue Mountain cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Born and raised in Jamaica, Marvin was the son of an entrepreneur who grew tobacco. After completing his studies, Marvin moved to Cuba where he developed his own passion and appreciation for premium cigars, ultimately bringing him to Nicaragua. Today, in Nicaragua, Marvin utilizes many of the old Jamaican traditions in cigar making, combined with many of the techniques and philosophies he learned from growers and master blenders in Cuba.
Rolled with a silky Connecticut wrapper, Mario Palomino provides ample amounts of creamy balanced smoke with a mild to medium-bodied strength that teems with flavor. Semi-complex, the cigar remains true to its roots – you’ll find several long leaves of Jamaican tripa packed into the filler for a dose of nostalgia – a flavor and aroma fans of the original Mario Palomino will remember, which hasn’t been experienced in over a decade.