August 05, 2017

Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime (6 1/2 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
The Serino Royale Maduro XX is one of four blends by Serino Cigar Company. Serino Cigar Company is run by industry veteran Tony Serino. For over two decades, Serino has worked in the industry importing and selling premium bundle cigars. With the Serino Royale line, Serino unveils his own super premium line. To produce this line, Serino has teamed up with Omar Gonzalez Aleman of La Corona Cigars S.A.. Gonzalez is the former head director of the La Corona Factory in Havana, maker of many well known Cuban brands such as Romeo y Julieta, Hoyo de Monterrey, Cuaba, Por Larranaga, Saint Luis Rey, San Cristobal de Habana and some Montecristos. To U.S. cigar enthusiast, most recently Gonzalez is best known for his involvement of brands HR, Soneros, and Cubanacan. 

Blend Profile
Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrappers are something that seem to be a staple out of Gonzalez’s La Corona factory. The Serino Royale Maduro XX is no exception.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro (Habano 2000 seed)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Esteli, Nicaragua; Jalapa, Nicargua (Aged Five Years)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Corona SA)

Vitolas Available
The Serino Royale Maduro XX is available in four sizes. Each are packaged in 20 count boxes.

Sublime 6 1/4 x 54 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 52
Belicoso: 5 1/4 x 52
Robusto: 5 1/8 x 48

The cigar is dark and well made. It had no veins or bumps and the wrapper was slightly oily. It had a nice, dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were boysenberry with a high pitched orange, almost tangerine citrus flavor, brown sugar, cream, coffee, and black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The cigar is medium bodied. 

1 1/2 inches in (28 minutes) you still have the citrus notes but they are secondary to the chocolate notes which have taken the place of the boysenberry notes, brown sugar, and black coffee. The cream notes are no longer there. The cigar is still medium bodied, which surprises me since the name is maduro XX. I expected the cigar to be very full and very dark. It is neither right now. The finish is one of chocolate and cream with a small amount of lingering black pepper. 

At the midpoint (53 minutes) I had a burn issue. I turned the cigar down at a 45 degree angle when not smoking it to try and even it out. The citrus notes are now tasting like a sweet cedar. There are heavy chocolate notes, brown sugar, and black coffee notes. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. 

With 2 inches left (1 hour 14 minutes) the burn has improved. The cigar has the darkest notes so far at this point. The chocolate and coffee notes are really coming out. The sweetness is still modest. The pepper has maintained around a 7 to 7 1/2 rating. The finish has a little more chocolate at this point and a little more lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied. 

The cigar had a great burn time of 1 hour 38 minutes! Here in the final quarter the citrus notes came back. The cigar started with citrus notes, went to cedar at the midpoint, and here at the end went back to citrus. The chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee notes are still there. The burn evened out too. It took awhile but it evened out. This was an interesting cigar because I expected it to be one way from the name and it was quite different. Still, it was a pretty good cigar. Nothing overpowering or overblown but pretty good. While a lot of maduros tend to be full bodied this cigar was at best medium bodied. The flavors were nice and the change from citrus to cedar and back to citrus was rather unique. This cigar is good enough to be in my regular rotation and if you like maduros give this one a try.

Score: 91

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