October 29, 2017

Macanudo Inspirado Black Robusto (4 7/8 x 48)

Video review HERE.

A balance of power, achieved by art and science. This is Macanudo Inspirado Black.

In a proprietary and experimental process, the Connecticut Broadleaf plants were left to ripen on the stalk. The result is a rich and radiant maduro wrapper with a new dimension of sweetness. As masterful blending calls for balance and complexity, the Ecuadoran Sumatra binder enhances the strength and flavor of the Broadleaf wrapper. And that is just the beginning.

The Nicaraguan-forward blend features proprietary seeds grown in Esteli, uniquely fermented to produce the utmost in strength and flavor. All told, this is a cigar that demands attention, with bold, peppery notes intertwined with a subtle under tone of sweet earth.

Jhonys Diaz noted, “Macanudo Inspirado Black represents sophistication, and is truly for the initiated smoker. It’s about tobaccos that deliver incredible full-bodied flavor and complexity, in a cigar that’s balanced and pleasurable to smoke.”

Also handcrafted at General Cigar Dominicana, Macanudo Inspirado Black will be available in striking, 20-count boxes and will begin shipping to retailers in mid-July. The collection will debut with these three vitolas:

Robusto (4 7/8” x 48); SRP per cigar is $6.99 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro (5.87” x 54); SRP per cigar is $7.49
Churchill (7” x 48); SRP per cigar is $7.99

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (General Cigar Dominicana)

The cigar is very dark and has a slightly oily wrapper. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were blackberry, butter, espresso, dry oak, and black pepper rated at an 8. The espresso notes are by far the most dominant flavor at this point. The finish at this early stage was cream with caramel aspects and a small amount of lingering black pepper. 

1 1/2 inch in (20 minutes) the cigar settled down into one that is quite tasty. The blackberry notes now have brown sugar to go along with them. The butter is still there. The espresso has really toned down into a nice black coffee and it's the usual average base intensity. The finish is unchanged but the lingering pepper is much better now. The front end flavors are very sweet and it's almost like they have an effervescence to them. The cigar is medium bodied. 

Around the midpoint (40 minutes) there was a change. The blackberry notes are now joined by chocolate notes instead of the brown sugar previously. The slight buttery flavor is still there. The finish is changing over to blackberry and chocolate. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar is still dark noted with plenty of sweetness. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 10 minutes. The flavor notes continued to the end. In the final third I got flashes of caramel on the front end. You still had blackberry, chocolate, butter, and black coffee as the main flavors. The pepper was pretty good. It finished at medium to full bodied. This was a pretty good maduro cigar. Nothing spectacular but I enjoyed the blackberry notes. These are available anywhere that sells Macanudo Cigars and you can also get them HERE.

Score: 91

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