Macanudo Vintage 1997 Maduro – Cigar Review

Cigar: Vintage 1997 Maduro with Reserva Dorada Band

Maker: Macanudo
Size: 6×49 Perfecto
Prelight Inspection:
This cigar has a very dark and oily wrapper with very minimal veins. The perfecto shape is done very well with a nice smooth taper on both ends. The Band/Ring is unique to this cigar. It is actually a metal ring with a convex shape to fit in your fingers well. Also, it fits the cigar much like a ring would on your finger. It fits the cigar snugly but can be slid almost the entire length without using too much force. Feeling the cigar I do notice some very hard spots. One is in the middle of the cigar and one is in the taper at the foot. There is not much aroma coming from the cigar, just a little bit of sweetness and leather. After slicing the cigar the draw is very tight. It is so tight that I have decided to work the cigar in the hard spots to try and open it up. After doing this the draw has improved a little but I have decided to quit as I am hearing some cracking in the wrapper and I don’t want to ruin it. Time to get her lit.

1st Third:
The foot lit easily but I am having a heck of a time with the draw. After a dozen draws or so I am finally getting some smoke coming through. Initial flavors are leather and a slight sweetness. It is leaving a zesty taste in my mouth on the finish. Finally after burning through the taper on the foot the draw is really opening up and I am getting almost double the smoke. Going into the second third the sweetness is really picking up and I am getting a nice rich maduro flavor.

2nd Third:
The burn is canoeing quite a bit so I am going to touch it up. The flavors keep changing and after just a few more puffs I am picking up sort of a fruity sweetness. The base of leather is changing into more of a chocolate flavor which is now making this really taste a lot like chocolate covered raisins. The ash is holding pretty well but is starting to flower just a little. Going into the last third I can see the wrapper starting to split. I can now see how thin and fragile this wrapper leaf is. I am glad I did not continue to work this cigar as I would have probably ruined the wrapper leaf. I don’t know if you can see from the pics but this is one of the thinnest wrappers I have ever seen. It appears like if it had been fermented any longer it would not have been usable.
Last Third:
Amazingly the burn is still progressing well and the wrapper is holding together. The sweetness has now taken a more mellow tone and now I am picking up more of a molasses note with some dark chocolate in the background. It is not heating up and with the neat band slid almost all the way to the head of the cigar it is going to be easy to nub this one. I have to give them credit for the unique design of the band.

Conclusion:
This cigar was visually appealing with the pitch black maduro wrapper and the cool band. However, with the cigar having those tight spots and the wrapper being so thin and brittle I have to take points off for construction. Once I got it going the flavors were pretty good. For me it never really left the medium strength category but it did have a lot of richness and the sweet raisin was a nice surprise. If the price weren’t so darn high I might be willing to try this one again. However, with this one being a limited production cigar carrying a hefty price point I don’t think it is worth it for me.

Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 5/10
Wrapper: 3/5
Price Point: 5/10
Would I buy a box: 2/5
Total: 32/50

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