September 24, 2017

Macanudo Inspirado White Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
At the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigar Company launched two new blends for Macanudo – Macanudo Inspirado White and Macanudo Inspirado Black.

Macanudo Inspirado White and Black are new extensions to the Macanudo Inspirado line. The first Macanudo Inspirado (also called Inspirado Orange) was originally launched in the European market in 2014. A year later, a maduro counterpart known as Macanudo Inspirado Black was also launched for Europe. In 2016, the two Macanudo Inspirado blends came to the U.S. with Macanudo Inspirado Orange becoming a brick and mortar offering and Macanudo Inspirado Black becoming an internet/catalog offering.  This year’s Macanudo Inspirado Black replaces that internet/catalog offering in the U.S.

Taking Macanudo Inspirado Orange as a “medium offering”, Macanudo Inspirado White is a milder offering under the Inspirado line while the new Macanudo Inspirado Black is a fuller offering.

“The evolution of Macanudo continues with the launch of Macanudo Inspirado White and Black,” commented General Cigar President RĂ©gis Broersma in a press release. “Cigar lovers who now see Macanudo in a new light should be prepared to be wowed yet again.”

The Macanudo Inspirado White features a proprietary Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper developed by General Cigar’s agronomists that has been aged six years. The blend also features an Indonesian binder. The fillers consist of Mexican San Andres and Nicaraguan Condega leaves aged four years as well as a Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf aged two years. The cigar is available in three sizes: Robusto, Toro, and Churchill – each packaged in 20-count boxes.

Jhonys Diaz, Vice President of Operations at General Cigar Dominicana who spearheaded blend development for Macanudo Inspirado White said, “We spent several years developing this blend, using tobaccos we refined and aged to perfection. Think of the most creamy, alluring cigar you’ve ever had, amplify the complexity and you have Macanudo Inspirado White.”

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Indonesian
Filler:  Mexican, Nicaraguan (Condega and Jalapa)
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (General Cigar Dominicana)

Robusto: 5 x 50 ($6.49 SRP) REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 1/2 x 50 ($6.99 SRP)
Churchill: 7 x 48 (7.29 SRP)

The cigar is a golden brown and has an average feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet cedar, brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and white chocolate. There was a nice amount of white pepper which I rated at a 7 1/2.

2 inches in (24 minutes) the cigar is mild to medium in body. There is an ample amount of sweetness in the cigar. All the flavors I previously described are in the cigar in nice balance. There is a very light black coffee base but primarily the brown sugar is the base. The finish is a toasted cream with some thickness and a  very nice amount of lingering white pepper. This is not a powerful cigar but it has very good flavors.

With a couple inches remaining (39 minutes) the bottom flavor has now developed into a nice black coffee. Previously it was very faint but it came into it's own in the last few minutes. The other flavors of cedar, cinnamon, brown sugar, and white chocolate are still going along nicely. I like the white chocolate flavor.

The Macanudo Inspirado White robusto lasted 55 minutes. Shortly after the last segment there was a big change. The white chocolate changed over to a milk chocolate. It was an unexpected but welcomed change. The cigar lost nothing with the change. The other notes remained intact. The finish was unchanged. The cigar ended at medium bodied. This was a good cigar that I could see as a morning cigar with a nice cup of black coffee. Give this cigar a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You can purchase these cigars HERE.

Score: 92

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