Cigar Review: Cubanacan Maduro

After a busy day in Miami as I tie up lose ends before heading to Connecticut, one of my stops brought me to Cubanacan Cigars where my friend Lawrence just moved to Miami to take a role in sales.

It was here that a planned 30 minute visit turned into over 3 hours as I got to speak with the brand owner. We spoke about the industry as a whole, trends, and where things are going. If one thing is evident this guy knows his stuff and is totally down to earth. So much so that I plan to make another visit before I leave.

Cubanacan which means fertile ground is the indigenous name of Cuba. It is also the name of city where Fidel Castro lives. As far as the cigars go, each size is only rolled by 1 pair and the person in charge of quality control has 50 years of experience and once was the assistant Director running Partagas and soon after was given full Control of La Corona Factory in Cuba.

One of the slogans of the company is “The aromas of the past brought to the present”.

Size: 6.5 x 42 (Lonsdale)
Wrapper: Ecuador Oscuro
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa & Esteli)
Strength: Medium
Number of Cigars Smoked: 3

Appearance & Construction: Flawless. Looking at the cigar there is a nice amount of oils present on a seamless roll. The triple cap is perfectly placed and the foot appears to be well packed. Looking at the cigar only one thing stands out that can be negative and that is the small band which makes it really hard to read the word Maduro on it.

Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the cigar is earthy with a touch of coffee notes while the nose of the foot offers a faint spice with earth. As we work into the first third the notes of the cigar are earth, coffee and an undefined sugar like sweetness. In the second third of the cigar the coffee notes take hold and the sweetness defines itself into toffee. The final third of the cigar the toffee becomes a little dominant and some notes of wood and spice mix in with the coffee.

Smoking Characteristics: The cigar has a near perfect burn and the ash on this Lonsdale holds on very well. The carbon line on the Maduro is thin and crisp. The cigar produces a fair amount of smoke and the draw is iconic.

Conclusion: While I wouldn’t call this a new school Maduro (strength), I wouldn’t exactly call it an old school Maduro (sweet) either. It is a nice mix of the two and this perhaps can be one of the best kept secrets out there. The Cubanacan is easily one of my favorite Maduro smokes to date.

Score: 93
Price: $7.50