Friday, May 8, 2015

Macanudo Cru Royale Review

Macanudo Cru Royale
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican, Nicaraguan
Size 6 x 54
Vitola: Toro

Everybody that knows anything about cigars at all has at least heard of Macanudo. Macanudo is typically known for there lighter, mostly Connecticut shade wrappers, and light/mild profile cigars. They haven't ever really jumped out there with a dark more full cigar til now. Enter the Cru Royale...... I didn't know what to expect with this stick going in. Initially, it was a good looking slightly veiny cigar with a nice chocolate maduro wrapper on it. Double capped on the head and bearing a nice big silver band almost similar to a shield. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro is stuffed full of Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan and Dominican Fillers! It smells of chocolate, and sweet tobacco goodness. It is time to light er up!

Upon lighting the cigar, I was greeted with a nice aromatic smoke. The initial flavors of the stick were a toasty bread flavor with a nice subtle spice behind it on the palate and on the retro. These flavors remained pretty constant through the first half of the stick with a little bitterness and tangy flavor going in and out around it. The construction seemed pretty solid with the draw having a slight resistance which is nice, and the smoke production being A to A+. The burn was decent. It was slightly wavy however, it was also slightly windy outside so I chalked it up to that, and it never really needed to be touched up. The ash would hold for aboud 2 to 2 1/2" segments.

In to the back end of the cigar, the spice vanished and a nice chocolate note came forward with a slight bittersweetness on the finish. The cigar began to get warm as it made it's way to the label. It stayed around a medium strength and body throughout the smoke experience. I laid her down with right at an inch left, which brought the final smoke time to about 1 hour and 15 minutes. All in all I would definitely recommend this cigar to my peers. This is a good one for the novice to slowly introduce them to a dark wrapper as you get some of the richer flavors, without all the ligero stuffed in to make your head spin. It is also a decent smoke for those who have been around the block to try when wanting the sweet richness of the maddy wrap, but maybe don't want or have the time to pay hard attentiveness to a 15-20$ stick. These babies ring in right at $6-$7 each so they are a really good budget stick, which is why I bought some too for when the buddies are over. Give them a shot. You can grab a fiver of these tasty dudes @ . Thanks to Famous for the chance to review these.

JAGG Score: 87

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