Bucanero Canon Cubano Maduro – Cigar Review

This week’s cigar review is of the Bucanero Canon Cubano Maduro.  Darren sat this one out, so it was just Terry and I this week.  This is a behemoth cigar, 6X60!  The wrapper is really nice looking and the cigar smells good too.  After cutting, we found that the draw was pretty tight.  We are hoping it will improve as we start to smoke it.  Once we got smoking we found that it had a nice sweet earthiness with some pepper and spice on the finish.  Unfortunately, the tight draw continued until we took extreme measures to fix it.  Chewing and prodding was not enough for Terry’s cigar, he had to get a poker to open up the draw.  This cigar would have been much better without the construction issues, but it is still a decent cigar the way it is.  It packed a lot of flavor in the second third, and that really made the whole smoke worth it.  For the amount of tobacco in this stick, it is a heck of a bargain.
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 8/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 44/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Construction: 7/10
Wrapper: 4/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 39/50

7:39 PM
Terry1: Lets do the maduro Canon. It says it’s smooth and spicy.

7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: taking pics now.

7:44 PM
StraightUpCigars: All right. They definitely did not skimp on the tobacco on this thing. It is huge!

7:45 PM
Terry1: I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the 6 x 60 cigar size. The Canon has a nice almost black wrapper, very smooth.

7:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, the wrapper is fantastic on it. Has a sweet hay smell to it. I’m going to cut it.

7:48 PM
Terry1: Clipped mine. I’m surprised it has a slightly snug draw. As big as this cigar is I expected an airy draw. Getting a nice chocolate and wood flavor on the cold draw. Lighting up.

7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: That surprised me too. Mine is snug, but I get plenty of smoke on each puff. I am getting a sweet earthy and creamy smoke with a little raisin in there. Real goo start.

7:50 PM
Terry1: Make sure you have a full lighter before lighting. There’s a lot of tobacco to get burning!

7:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: More on that draw, I used a large xicar cutter and barely fit around the cap. I took a pretty deep cut, but the draw is still fairly tight. Hopefully that will help keep this huge cigar cool.

7:54 PM
Terry1: My smoke is on the light side. I’m having trouble with the draw being a little too tight. It almost feels like the cigar is going out. I do get some sweetness when I can taste the cigar. I’m hoping it will open up as we smoke.

7:55 PM
StraightUpCigars: I had the same problem. I rolled the cigar around between my fingers rather harshly and it has opened up the draw pretty well.

7:59 PM
Terry1: This is making me mad. There’s no excuse for having a snug draw on a cigar this size. I’m focusing more on the stupid draw and not on the flavors.

8:00 PM
Terry1: Now my cigar is hot to the halfway point, not good.

8:01 PM
StraightUpCigars: Bummer, I really hope it comes around.

8:04 PM
Terry1: Okay I used a poker and drilled out some of the tobacco. Draw is better. Now I can taste the spice.

8:04 PM
StraightUpCigars: My cigar is very mild bodied right now. Has a pleasantly sweet earthy flavor with some spice on the finish.

8:05 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s good! I was getting worried there.

8:05 PM
Terry1: This cigar is going to take all night to smoke.  Mine does have an even burn.

8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this one is a slow smoker! My burn is even too, but the ash is pretty flaky.

8:09 PM
Terry1: My ash is behaving. I agree, this is light in body and flavor. I’m surprised because of the dark wrapper and the ring gauge I thought we’ed have more of a flavor bomb.

8:12 PM
Terry1: It does have a nice sweet earthiness like you mentioned. Getting a little spice in the retrohale. Good flavors just wish they were a bit stronger.

8:13 PM
StraightUpCigars: I have to agree, the flavors are a little understated. BUT it is still very enjoyable. I think all that mildness comes from the very long time he ages them before selling.

8:15 PM
Terry1: Do you know how long they are aged?

8:15 PM
StraightUpCigars: I can’t recall, but it is something like 6 years. Let me check.

8:17 PM
StraightUpCigars: 5 years!

8:19 PM
Terry1: It shows. No harshness at all, very smooth.

8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is definitely building spice right now. This second third is far better than the first.

8:23 PM
StraightUpCigars: I must say, I REALLY don’t like large RG cigars. They are just uncomfortable in your mouth on so many levels.

8:25 PM
Terry1: Lol. There’s a bit of that with any cigar but the 60s really make you conscious of it.

8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: So true. But in all seriousness it is harder to get a good draw on a large RG because you can’t close your mouth around it.

8:28 PM
Terry1: I must say the second third is going much better. The draw opened up some, I’m getting more smoke and more flavor. The spice is dominating for me but the sweetness is still hanging around. Maybe this will end up better than I expected.

8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine too. I am now getting some more complex flavors creeping in. Espresso and dark chocolate. Good stuff.

8:36 PM
Terry1: I’m noticing the strength has crept up too. I may have to switch to a soda soon.

8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it is a little strong for sure. A lot of tobacco in this big boy.

8:40 PM
Terry1: Now that you mentioned espresso I taste it too. Very nice.

8:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: Very off topic, but this is hilarious.

8:40 PM
StraightUpCigars: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/florida-man-mistakes-girlfriend-hog-shoots-her-211904311.html

8:44 PM
StraightUpCigars: I should clarify, the headline is hilarious, her getting shot not so much.

8:44 PM
Terry1: lol. I’ll bet he’ll remain single for a long time.

8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: Probably for the better!

8:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: I gotta say, my cigar is pretty damn good right now. A lot of flavor and just medium bodied. Tons of spice on the finish. I like how this one is ending.

8:49 PM
Terry1: Damn. I was taking the band off and the wrapper popped. It split in several place from the head to where the band was. Doesn’t seem to have affected the draw. Hopefully I can nurse it along.

8:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: Damn. Was it because of glue? Mine came off pretty well, but I did not try to slide it.

8:53 PM
Terry1: I don’t know what happened. It seemed like the band came off cleanly. No glue on the wrapper that I can tell. It just popped. I even heard it!

8:53 PM
StraightUpCigars: Weird! Well, as long as it still smokes…

8:54 PM
IamDarren: hey fellas, what are you smoking tonight?

8:54 PM
Terry1: Hi Darren! Glad you made it.

8:54 PM
IamDarren: went sun up till sun down today.

8:54 PM
IamDarren: planting corn

8:55 PM
StraightUpCigars: Wow, we have the buccy canon maduro tonight.

8:55 PM
IamDarren: looks like you are having some construction issues maybe

8:57 PM
Terry1: Yeah the draw started tight for me. The wrapper I think was just a fluke. Still smoking well thou.

8:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: Terry has, I got lucky. Just a slightly tight draw and loose ash.

8:57 PM
IamDarren: i’m just getting some supper so i probably won’t light one up tonight. Hope yours finishes well.

8:59 PM
StraightUpCigars: Hope supper is good. I’ve got about 10 mins left on mine. It is ending very well.

9:04 PM
Terry1: I’d agree. I’m glad we stuck it out. I wasn’t happy with the first third but the rest of the cigar has been real tasty! My spice has dropped off and now it’s that slightly sweet coffee flavor.

9:10 PM
Terry1: The burn finally made it to the split and my cigar is starting to fall apart. I’m going to have to set it down. I’d smoke it further if it wasn’t for the split wrapper.

9:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m about there anyways. I’m going to rate it now.

9:13 PM
StraightUpCigars: I thought this cigar was off to a good start, then mellowed out a little too much. The second half was awesome though! Lots of flavor with mild body makes this a good one for just about anyone. Good price too. I would like to try it in a different vitola

9:16 PM
Terry1: I would too. I liked the flavors in the second half. The first half experience almost made me quit. A smaller ring gauge with a better draw would make this a much better cigar in my opinion.

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