Expert Picks: Maduro Mayhem
A product of many years of patience and tobacco expertise, maduro wrappers undergo an extended fermentation period for up to three to five years. Known for their rich flavor while retaining a smooth character and natural sweetness, this fully-matured wrapper leaf is widely popular amongst aficionados. This time around, our experts have put together some of their favorite cigars featuring this dark and delicious wrapper leaf.
The Edge came out in 2004, and was hot right out of the gates earning “Best Buy” honors from Cigar Aficionado. Over ten years later, and I am still lighting them up on a regular basis. The maduro variety is my go-to featuring an extra-dark Honduran maduro wrapper. It’s rich, strong, and maintains a perfect balance down to the nub.
Anyone who knows me knows I love my coffee and chocolate so when I had my first Cohiba Black, I was floored. Rolled by Cohiba’s best torcedors, the Black features a potent blend of Dominican and Mexican fillers encased in a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. I experienced wonderful cocoa, espresso, and cedar flavors with a nice hint of spice to the palate.
After years of providing other cigar manufacturers with the finest leaf for numerous award winning blends, Casa Fernandez is finally making their own outstanding cigars. This medium-bodied American-made maduro has notable cocoa, coffee, and vanilla bean flavors. Aganorsa is the holy grail of growing, the titan of tobacco, the president of pilones, and not to mention one of my new favorites.
The 5 Vegas Serie A has been around for years but it is still a staple in my humidor. The Costa Rican Wrapper combines with a wonderful blend of long fillers to produce a perfect medium bodied smoke with strong notes of cocoa and coffee with just a hint of spice and pepper whose flavors stays consistent from beginning to end.
After the great cigar boom, CAO had a premonition to create the ultimate cigar, using some of the most coveted Brazilian tobacco from the Bahia growing region. The secret to the success of the CAO Brazilia can be contributed to its wrapper. Sweet and spicy, earthy and chocolaty, it’s like desert and dinner all in one.