- User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Appearance, Beginner Paradise, Relaxing, No Aftertaste, Construction
Cons:More mild than I like, More expensive then other light bodied smokes
The Bottom Line: This Macanudo might be the essential beginner cigar.
I believe Macanudo is still, the world's most popular cigar. Don't bet the house on that assertion, but I've had plenty of their smokes. Their success is evident through their marketing, whether its in magazines, or where you can find them on the shelves in cigar stores. Recently I was given a free Macanudo Baron De Rothschild, and am happy to report, that this is a great smoke for a beginner. However, as an experienced cigar smoker, I like fuller bodied choices more. That is my bias, and I have to admit to that. However, for what its worth, I did like smoking this one. However, I did not love it. This Dominican tobacco product is quality however, and for newbies, fire one up.
This 6x42 cigar is pretty. I have to give a kudos to this "Mac" for looking good. Everything from the wrapper, to its band, makes it have an aristocratic appearance. If memory serves me correct, these are about $7 a piece, making them more expensive then others. However, you do get what you pay for, a mild cigar with attractive looks, and a balanced experience. The light colored wrapper, and its lack of veins with a smooth exterior, are proof that loving care is put into place with each one hand rolled.
As for the taste, its creamy, and reminds me of toffee and light tea. There is a slight bit of pepper when first lit, and I liked that. Yet it quickly mellows out, and the smoke volume is excellent. Its very impressive to have this amount, for a 42 ring gauge. Draw is a breeze, and it lasted for about thirty minutes. Construction is impeccable, as the burn rate showed that the tobacco was placed to guarantee this, and cutting and lighting were a breeze. There are no rich notes, but that is to be expected with a mild smoke. Yet I do think this fills a niche for newer smokers, or someone who wants a laid back cigar, at any time of day.
I will give this an average rating. However for beginners, this is the essential "starter." There is no aftertaste, and while limited in complexity, I have to say that it is pleasant, non offensive, and even its aroma was likeable. I was appreciative of this gift from my shop, and even though I have found cigars of full body to be more fun, this one might fill in a spot for those "looking for a break." From beginning to end it held up fine, and its a good one for gift giving. This is due to its appearance, and that it is a "safe choice." You can find this one everywhere, and feel free to fire one up.
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Cigar Name: Macanudo Baron De Rothschild
Cigar Rating: Smokeable
Price per cigar ($US): gift