Carmelo Blue Label Maduro – Cigar Review
Today I am reviewing the Carmelo Blue Label Maduro from Honduras Caribbean. The blend is a combination of tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa valleys in Nicaragua. On the bottom of each box there is a small stamp indicating the year and month that they were rolled. These cigars were rolled in July of 2008. You can check out their website here.
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Carmelo Blue Label Maduro has a wrapper which is slightly darker than milk chocolate color, a little lighter than what comes to mind with a maduro wrapper. It has almost no veins and a slight oil sheen to it. The Carmelo Blue Label Maduro has no soft spots, a triple cap, and is a box press.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Carmelo Blue Label Maduro has notes of a deep sweet cocoa. The foot smells of sweet cocoa, and espresso, with a slight oak note as well. The cold draw produces a slightly tangy flavor, with espresso, hay, and a little oak.
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw starts out with a nice rich sweet cocoa, oak spice, and a slight coffee flavor. During the first third, the Carmelo Blue Label Maduro smokes pretty much the same as the first draw. Rich cocoa flavors, coffee, and oak spice, are the most apparent notes, with a light hay flavor as well. The draw is good, producing a full body of smoke each time I take a puff. The burn is also good, giving me a nice even burn line. It holds a tight, light grey colored ash. The smoke is sweet, but not overly so, with a cool rich oak spice. The smoke is also very creamy and smooth. Between draws I’m left with a pleasant mix of cocoa and oak on my palate.
Into the second third of the cigar, the cocoa picks up, causing the oak flavor to subside slightly. The coffee becomes more of a latte flavor due to the creaminess of the smoke. The body is full, the draw even, and the burn clean. The strength is around a medium at this point giving me a slight nicotine buzz. Between draws, I’m now left with a rich cocoa flavor, combined with an almost sugar cane sweetness.
Winding down to the final third of the smoking experience, the oak spice fades completely. I’m now left with nothing but notes of rich sweet cocoa, cane sugar, and latte. The flavor is excellent and very full. The draw and burn both remain even, and have required no corrections. The smoke is cool, creamy, rich, and sweet. Towards the nub a little earth, and hay flavors are introduced, and provide a nice finish.
Conclusion: The Carmelo Blue Label Maduro is a very sweet rich maduro cigar. The flavors were intense, well blended, and satisfying. From a construction standpoint it performed well, only requiring a single burn touch up close to the nub. It is certainly a well made maduro cigar. At its price point, I think it would prove its worth.
MSRP: $ 6.75