Up for review is the Villiger Cabarete Maduro. Villiger is known for machine-mades in Europe, but has recently entered the US market with premium hand-rolled cigars. It has a nice looking maduro wrapper and notes of chocolate and cedar prior to lighting. After lighting up it has an earthy and peppery flavor with hints of sweetness. There is also a dry, acidic finish during the first third, but likely was gone for the second half of the cigar. Overall, this was a decent cigar that tasted the best during the second third. The price is outrageously cheap, so its hard to go wrong with this one. Give it a try!
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Terry1: Nice looking wrapper on the Cabarete Maduro. I like the box press. Got a good draw with chocolate and cedar notes. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: This stick is made by Villiger. Didn’t know much about the brand but it was such a good deal that I bit. Looks a lot like an Oliva G. Nice smooth maduro wrapper. Decent box press.
IamDarren: perfect draw, I’m also ready to light er up
Terry1: Yeah it does look like the Oliva G.
IamDarren: Hope it is as good as the Serie G though.
IamDarren: lighting up
IamDarren: starting off with a nice rich, earthy flavor. Lots of maduro flavor. some chocolate and spice notes on the end of the draw.
IamDarren: also getting some pepper and acidity on the finish
IamDarren: very easy draw
Terry1: I’m noticing the acidity. Earth and mild pepper to start. Plenty of smoke.
IamDarren: pepper is ramping up on mine. Making the finish very strong and dry.
Terry1: Pepper is getting stronger on mine too. Getting a hint of sweetness. Finish is very drying. Going to be drinking lots of water tonight.
IamDarren: pepper and sweetness are creating a cinnamon flavor on the finish. Not bad as long as it doesn’t get any stronger. Enjoying the flavor thus far.
IamDarren: Went ahead and tapped the ash off. It was starting to flake out a little. Seems loose. This stick is probably not packed very tight.
IamDarren: I guess I should say I’m liking the primary flavor but the finish and aftertaste aren’t the best. Getting a dry acidity in the back of my throat. Agree on needing a large beverage to wash it down.
IamDarren: Did you ever open that bottle of Double Oaked? I’m curious how you liked it.
Terry1: Glad you said something. I just set the cigar down and the ash fell off. It was only a half inch long.
Terry1: I did! It’s great. I’ve sampled it several times now. Trying not to get into too often because of the price but yeah I like it. Trying Elijah Craig Small Batch tonight that I picked up today. It’s good too but not near as smooth as the Double Oaked.
IamDarren: Nice. Yeah, I liked it so much I picked up another bottle. Hard to find a flavorful but smooth sipping whiskey.
IamDarren: I’m into the second third now. Tried to slow down a bit and it helped with the pepper and aftertaste. I think this one is burning a little hot and fast.
IamDarren: Also just made a burn correction. The wrapper was not burning on one side.
Terry1: You are ahead of me. I think it is burning fast. Earth is still the dominant flavor with the pepper second. I’m enjoying the aroma but the aftertaste not so much.
IamDarren: Have a funny story for you. The other day I was trying to organize the humi a little and found some old sticks that had been buried a long time. Pulled out a Gran Habano Cabinet Selection. Had to be 6 or 7 years old. Smoked great. Nice medium body, smooth. Then yesterday I was browsing on CI and checked the clearance section. Low and behold, there was a 20 pack of them for 39 bucks. Hadn’t seen them advertised anywhere in a few years. Added them to the cart.
IamDarren: When I went to check out I discovered that CI is running a free shipping deal if you spend at least 39 bucks….. must have been fate.
IamDarren: I am finding less and less time to sit in the evening and smoke a full bodied cigar with a beverage. So I have been looking for some decent mild to medium bodied sticks that I can smoke during the day. Really hoping they will fit the bill.
Terry1: Good deal. Nice to run into something like that. I haven’t had a lot of luck with aging cigars, might be the dry air and temperature swings we get. I tend to smoke everything within three years. Those that make it over three years have lost much of their flavors.
IamDarren: I agree. I find that the stronger cigars suffer the most. They rely a lot on the ligero for flavor and once they age too long they loose almost all the flavor.
Terry1: Mine is still burning fine but it seems I have to puff a couple of times to get the cigar smoking. A little more sweetness is coming through which helps balance out the earth. Pepper is still there but more in the background.
Terry1: Interesting point on the stronger cigars. Those are usually the ones that last the longest. I’m hoping the strength will age out of them. But they are the ones that I notice the most change in flavor.
IamDarren: I’m across the halfway mark. Overall I’m liking it but it requires a little work. Burn is not the best, probably from the box press and loose pack.
IamDarren: I think it depends on the blend. Some stronger cigars age very well after a year or two. Others not so much. I have noticed a difference in the ones that I store in the trays vs leaving in the box. The ones that are sealed in the box tend to stay pretty much the same. Singles in a tray or shelf age faster.
Terry1: I think I caught up to you. I’m liking the cigar better now than the first third. The increase in sweetness has helped. Pepper has really faded.
IamDarren: The weather is also probably playing a role. I have smoked a couple others that burned decent. When I get the wrapper burning all the way around the flavor seems more balanced. Smoother with more sweetness.
Terry1: Popped the band off. I thought for sure it was glued to the wrapper. There was a lot of glue holding that band on but the glue stopped right on the edge. Lucky.
IamDarren: Mine seems to be steadily mellowing. Liking the flavor a lot more now. Just crossing into the last third.
IamDarren: When the pepper was more dominant in the first third it was a little harsh and detracted from the overall experience. Now that its in the background its mixing nicely with the other flavors.
Terry1: Yeah I agree. This cigar started a little rough but it’s smoking better now.
IamDarren: The sweetness seems more floral now. Probably because its mixing with the spice note better than before. Not quite as earthy.
IamDarren: Seems to have more character of a habano cigar than a maduro. Kinda wish it had more of that rich maduro flavor I was expecting.
Terry1: I’m noticing how hot the cigar is getting. I’m going to slow down a bit.
Terry1: Ash is getting flaky. It’s all over me and my chair. Starting to feel some nicotine now.
IamDarren: I think this one may be a little too strong for its own good. The pepper is coming back again and leaving that bitter taste on the finish. Its not rich enough at this point to support the pepper flavor. It really overwhelms the palate at times.
IamDarren: This one may be a good candidate for aging if it will mellow the pepper a little.
Terry1: I’m still getting a lot of heat. Pepper is back and it’s getting harsh again. The middle third was the best.
IamDarren: yeah I can rate anytime. Don’t want the pepper in the last inch to ruin my experience.
Terry1: I can rate too. Time to put this cigar down.
IamDarren: Well, it wasn’t a flop, but wasn’t great either. I have a few left so I’m going to let them rest for a few months and try one again.
Terry1: Okay for a couple of bucks but it would probably be a yard ‘gar for me. The middle had the best flavor. The beginning was harsh with the pepper and earth combination and it ended about the same. Yeah maybe some more time will help this cigar balance out better.