Up for review is a Macanudo Estate Reserve 2015 cigar. This is a very pricey cigar at roughly $15 apiece. The band says Jamaica, which is where Macanudo originally hailed from. It has a nice looking wrapper leaf (although the one I photgraphed had a flaw near the foot). Once lit up, we tasted a bold mix of coffee and earth, with a hint of sweetness. One of the sticks had a bitterness that took over – it drown out all other flavors through most of the smoke. The construction was perfect on both. Overall, the flavor and experience was decent, but does not justify the insane price tag. There are many sticks in this price range that out-compete this Macanudo.
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 3/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 3/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
StraightUpCigars: This Macanudo Jamaica has a nice dark and oily wrapper with a good draw after cutting. It has a musty tobacco smell to the wrapper
Terry1: Wow, fancy looking Macanudo. Black oily wrapper. Draw is a little stiff. I may try a second cut if it becomes a problem. A nice dark chewy tobacco note on the cold draw. Ready to light up!
StraightUpCigars: Me too, lighting!
Terry1: Went ahead and made another shallow cut on the head before lighting. Draw is better.
StraightUpCigars: Having trouble pin-pointing flavors, but it’s a super rich tannin-filled and bitter flavor to start. Some spice on the finish. Wondering where this is heading.
Terry1: First few puffs are bold. I got a coffee, earth, mild sweetness and some pepper in the sinus. Good start for me. Didn’t get much bitterness yet.
StraightUpCigars: Man this thing is bold. Bitterness is less unpleasant now and is tasting like a dark and rich coffee. Getting more pepper and spice.
Terry1: I’m liking the flavors. The flavor notes we’re listing are typical but, as you said it, it’s bold and rich. It’s captured my attention.
StraightUpCigars: I’m not sure if I’m liking mine yet, but it’s definitely got my attention
Terry1: Yeah it seems like your sample is a bit different from mine. I can detect a slight bitterness on the finish but it’s not interfering with my enjoyment yet.
StraightUpCigars: It definitely sounds different. I’ll trade ya!
Terry1: Burn is about perfect. After the first ash the early coffee is about gone. It’s getting more earthy now. Still some pepper and sweetness. Intensity is beginning to fade.
StraightUpCigars: My bold flavors are still kicking butt, but it’s slowly mellowing too. Ash holds on well and it’s burning straight.
Terry1: Holy cow! I looked this cigar up on Famous and they want $16 for a single, $96 for a box of ten. Much more expensive that what I was expecting.
StraightUpCigars: WHAT?!?! That’s way more than any other Mac, to my knowledge. That’s insane.
StraightUpCigars: Band popped right off on mine.
StraightUpCigars: At this price it’s up against My Father, Ashton, Padron, etc. Tough crowd.
Terry1: Band on mine came off cleanly. Construction has been very good. I’m still tripping on the price! I like the cigar but not for a double digit price.
StraightUpCigars: I hear ya, there’s no way it can survive at that price. I wonder how quickly it will drop and to what end. Keep in mind that if it’s $16 online, this is probably $20 at a B&M.
Terry1: Yeah and it’s a robusto! That’s an expensive hour. I like it but I know I’d reach for something else if I spent that much on a cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Now that we know the price, the naming seems peculiar to me. “Jamaica” doesn’t scream high end to me. The average smoker will be faced with the choice between a Padron 1926 in an exqusite band, or this Jamaica. I can’t see them going for the Mac,
StraightUpCigars: I am getting an unusual ultra-bitter nutty flavor right now. Like hazelnuts that were burnt. I think the mellowing is over, this is ramping back up.
Terry1: I agree. I applaud Macanudo for thinking outside the box and trying for a super premium brand but I think they overshot what the market will perceive as a cigar worthy of the price.
StraightUpCigars: Well said.
Terry1: Mine is ramping up too. I’m getting more of that coffee note from the beginning and the sweetness is morphing to a marshmallow. Could be from the smores my daughter has been making me eat lately.
StraightUpCigars: Hehe. It’s cookie season over here, way too many sweets all the time.
StraightUpCigars: The bitterness is harsh on mine. I haven’t been speed smoking or anything, been letting it rest. It’s actually the cigar’s fault this time
Terry1: That’s too bad. No bitterness on mine.
StraightUpCigars: Yours sounds real good. I don’t see any stems in the foot, so not sure what the deal is.
Terry1: I’ve got about a half inch left and the cigar is getting hot. I’ve slowed my puffing to let it cool. Feeling a little nicotine now.
StraightUpCigars: I just laid mine to bed. I can feel it a bit, but doesn’t have the strength of the other cigars in this price category.
Terry1: I’m setting mine down too. Ready to rate.
Terry1: I liked the cigar but not the price. Good flavors for me but I’m concerned with the bitterness you experienced. I have a hard time recommending an expensive cigar that wasn’t perfect for both of us.
StraightUpCigars: Bummer. I wanted to like this one, and thought mine was going to take a turn for the better, but it just never did. Yours sounded good, but 1/2 isn’t good odds at this price. Can’t recommend this one.