6 X 60 Perfecto Maduro
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Made by Cuban Stock
I decided to review this cigar because many of my customers in Reisterstown indicated really liking this cigar and I hadn't gotten around to smoking it yet.
The cigar is very dark almost black maduro wrapper with a few minor veins and nice oily sheen, the cap is seamless and the cigar feels very well constructed...
I used a strait cut and the pre light draw is very light with very little resistance, the flavor is hay/barnyard.
First light: I well toasted the foot since this is a 60 gauge cigar and with the thick oily wrapper, lots of thick smoke was produced and a healthy hit of pepper and full strength full body right off the bat.
1st 3rd: after the first 1/2" the pepper fades the draw tightens some and the body is medium to full but smooth but I can't make out any individual flavors yet.
Ash at 3/4" and the burn is fairly strait with only minor touch ups needed with my torch which is not unusual for a 60 ring gauge thick oily wrapped cigar.
At this point some flavors are finally coming through, I'm picking up hints of dark chocolate, hay or grass and still lots of smoke with an interesting aroma I can't place.
2nd 1/3: Body has faded to medium now with leather and dark chocolate but still getting hay/grass, a bit further in and the dark chocolate is fading with woody flavors taking it's place, hay, grass and leather still coming through but the cigar is still smooth. The strength is picking up again 1 1/2 " in and the ash is still fairly strait and holding strong, ash finally falls clean almost 2" in which is very impressive for such a big cigar!!
Last 3rd: Leather and wood has taken over and holds till the end, draw lightens up some and stays smooth till the end with no harsh flavors all the way to 3/4" left.
Overall impression: This cigar was very interesting and hard to review at times since the flavors blended some but the leather and wood comes through strong halfway through and are the predominant flavors. This cigar was lighter and more delicate than I thought it would be and I wished for the pepper and dark chocolate would have stayed around longer as I smoked it since I thought they made the cigar taste better and more complex.
This cigar is well constructed burns fairly strait and would be great for someone who wants to smoke there first big ring gauge cigar since this cigar won't beat you up with full strength or strong flavors however for me and my palate I wanted more and I'm not a huge fan of leather and wood. In short it's not my cigar of choice but we all have different tastes and I would not hesitate recommending it to my customers who would enjoy the flavors of this cigar and many of my customers do!! Try it you may like or love it!!