Cusano has always made giving the cigar enthusiast a great value his top priority. This mission has carried over to their premium lines, where hand-rolled premiums with big ratings are offered for everyday low prices. Every cigar made at the world renowned Tabadom Tabacalera (the central Dominican home to Davidoff, AVO, and other fine brands) is a super-premium sporting some of the most coveted tobaccos available outside, and even inside, the island of Cuba.
Cusano 18 Double Connecticut is smooth & creamy, but also complexly nuanced & packed with terrific tasting notes and aromas. Reverse engineered, the recipe reveals a one-of-a-kind component - Dominican Oro harvested at least eighteen years ago. One of the finest examples of extreme aging, this particular leaf gives this Cusano much of its unique flavor profile & elegant character. That said, the tag-team of long-leaf tobaccos that combine together to complete the filler (an aromatic Piloto & smooth San Vicente Olor) are terrific, too. This core complements rather than competes with the aged Oro, while also laying the framework to make the cigars full name work. Over-top all this awesomeness lies a milk-chocolate brown, US Connecticut-Shade binder leaf, directly underneath the blend's beautiful wrapper, a second US Connecticut-Shade. Golden in hue and visually-stunning, it's the proverbial icing on the Double Connecticut cake. In the end, it all results in a refined, rewarding experience that's as flavorful as it is smooth. Cusano 18's extra-creamy finish is especially phenomenal.
Cusano 18 Maduro also uses 18-year-old Dominican Oro in the filler, but it combines two amazing maduro leaves, as its wrapper and binder respectively. The resulting cigars taste so decadent, it's called Cusano Chocolate Cake by employees. The first maduro leaf, found wrapped around each dark treat, is a US Connecticut Broadleaf. It's a thick and toothy topper, known for being richly nuanced with cocoa & fresh fruit flavors. The second maduro is the blend's binder, a Brazilian Mata Fina which presents some sweet spices to the palate. Each 18 Maduro provides a nice medium bodied smoking experience, with a rich, chocolaty flavor profile and an overall character best described as silky.