Up for a review is the Macanudo Mao cigar. This is a limited release with a price tag to boot. It has an earthy smell to the nice looking wrapper leaf. The draw is perfect after a cut. Once lit up, we tasted a grassy, earthy flavor with some pepper. That pepper flavor fades as the smoke progresses. The construction was good on both sticks. Overall, the flavor was enjoyable, but not complex or exciting. This is an expensive cigar that just is hard to recommend with the relatively lackluster flavors. Try before you buy a box.
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 5/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 5/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
StraightUpCigars: My Mao has a veiny wrapper leaf and pleasant earthy smell. The draw is pretty much perfect after a shallow cut
Terry1: Smooth wrapper with a pleasant barnyard smell to it. Draw is a bit tight after clipping. Not getting much of anything on the cold draw. I’m ready to give this cigar a try.
StraightUpCigars: Me too, lighting.
Terry1: Getting several notes on the initial puffs, mild grass, cedar, some pepper in the sinus and a little sweetness in the aroma. Plenty of smoke even with the snug draw.
StraightUpCigars: Interesting start. Getting grass/hay, earth, and pepper. Very dry smoke. Medium bodied.
StraightUpCigars: I looked it up, it’s pricey. Starts at $15 ea. They only made 1800 boxes of each vitola.
Terry1: Wow! I was thinking, so far, this was a little better than the usual Macaduos I’ve smoked but it wasn’t wowing me until you mentioned the price.
StraightUpCigars: Lol, yeah this is definitely not your average Mac.
StraightUpCigars: Macanudo sent us these samples. I’m sure that the FDA will stop this new Macanudo annual release thing before it even gets off the ground, but I think it’s a good idea nonetheless.
Terry1: The flavors are similar to what I remember from Macanudo but maybe more refined or aged. Not getting the grassy bitterness on the Mao like I usually do. There is a nice graham cracker note that briefly appears then a mild pepper note. Liking it but, at the moment, it’s not performing at this price range.
StraightUpCigars: I agree. Mine has mellowed out since the start, even though it still has some of that pepper kick. I am enjoying it, but not worth $15 yet.
StraightUpCigars: Construction is solid though, razor sharp burn unlike some the sticks we’ve had lately.
Terry1: Still getting grassy notes most likely from the wrapper. It’s distracting me from the other notes. I wonder how this would be with a different wrapper? My construction has been great too. The draw is still tighter than I like but it’s not hampering the smoke or enjoyment.
StraightUpCigars: Interesting point, I didn’t care for the looks of the wrapper leaf either. It’d be interesting to smoke this with a maduro wrapper to compare.
Terry1: Yeah that’s the direction I was thinking. This cigar seems like it’s smoking fast. I’ve been smoking slower and I’m already halfway. $7.50 smoked, $7.50 to go.
StraightUpCigars: Cooked some lake trout that we caught for dinner tonight. Not my favorite, going to stick to rainbow from now on! Stunk up the house as well.
Terry1: Lol. That’s the number one reason I don’t cook fish in the house. If I cook fish it’s on the bbq.
StraightUpCigars: Normally I don’t mind, but this stuff was real fishy. Smells like I smeared fish all over the house. Susie isn’t pleased. We’ve got 10 candles burning inside! Lesson learned.
Terry1: That’s sad and funny!
Terry1: Pepper has almost faded. I still get a little on the finish. The cigar is getting sweeter. I’m liking that but the flavor left in my mouth is that grassy note, not liking that.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has got a faint carmel sweetness, but you can hardly taste it over the grassy earth flavor. Still a little pepper.
Terry1: Same here. When I get the sweetness it’s pretty good then the grassiness overwhelms everything else.
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Terry1: That’s interesting. Gives me an idea for the lamp I want to build.
StraightUpCigars: Nice. I was actually looking to see if anyone was selling boxes like the one you made. I didn’t see any.
Terry1: Yeah those did turn out pretty good. I have them on all the time.
Terry1: I’m getting some tar building up. Most likely from the tight draw and the cold. I was able to snip off a little more of the end to get rid of them. into the last third, flavors are the same.
StraightUpCigars: Hmmm, that must be what I’m tasting. I’ll try that too.
StraightUpCigars: Oh yeah, much better. Getting some spice and a hint of coffee in the mix, but mostly the same.
Terry1: Nearing the end and the pepper has come back on mine as well. Sweetness has faded some.
StraightUpCigars: After trimming some off the end, I don’t have anything left to work with, it”s tapped.
Terry1: I’m done too. I think we’ve got everything this cigar had to offer.
StraightUpCigars: I hate giving this one a rating that low, but it’s just not a good value. The flavor was mostly good, but that grassy note was overpowering. I think Mac is on the right track with the limited release idea, but this one just didn’t do it for me.
Terry1: I’m going to have a hard time recommending this cigar at this price. The flavors were better than the average Macs I’ve smoked but it wasn’t three times better. I agree this one is not for me but I would try another sample with a different wrapper if one is ever released.