A couple of months ago I went down to my local cigar store and asked the knowledgeable proprietor to give me some suggestions for some new cigars to try out. New to me, in other words. We picked out about a dozen cigars from all parts of the world, including some small batch varieties from The Netherlands. I prefer a slimmer model of cigar to your traditional fat robustos, which is why the robusto with the smart white and silver band sat in the humidor while I availed myself of the other selections.
Finally last week I reached into my humidor and took out the said robusto, a Macanudo Inspirado. I had smoked some nice cigars over the previous few weeks but truly in this instance I had saved the best for last.
If you want a detailed review where guys wax lyrical about “smoked salmon notes”, (seriously), then watch the guys at Cigar Advisor pontificate over its positive qualities.
The specifics are as follows:
Macanudo White moves away from its traditional past by using a recipe of Nicaraguan Condega and Mexican San Andres long-filler leaves, each aged for 4 years to deliver sweetness and strength, plus a two-year-aged Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf for some extra earthy-spicy depth, while an Indonesian binder supplies an enticing aroma. The topper is a lustrous, proprietary Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper aged six years and refined to a buttery shade of gold.
Here’s my take on the cigar. If you forced me to choose one adjective to describe the Inspirado it would be smooth. This is one of the smoothest and most enjoyable cigars for me in a very long time. But I would like to add some more descriptors to really get a full picture of this very fine cigar. So I will go with smooth, complex, strong and yet not overpowering. I am not a fan of cigars that blow your head clean off, but I do my very best to avoid blandness as much as possible. Balancing out these two factors is the great challenge in the world of cigar manufacturing.
The ash is simply outrageous. I got a single ash all the way down to the band. This tells me that the cigar has been beautifully rolled. The draw was perfect. This cigar was so good I did something that I rarely ever do; I smoked it past the band. When the ash finally fell away I was forced to abandon the cigar as the added heat from the influx of air made it unpalatable, which is exactly as you would expect.
On top of all that it goes for a measly 5 euro here in Holland. The same cigar in Australia retails for $42, which is 26 euro as of today. And people ask me why I moved to Holland. Yesterday I purchased a half dozen and I smoked another one after a hard day of renovating the abode. The Good Wife and some friends who are helping us commented on the pleasant aroma as I puffed away in serene contentment.
What I really appreciate about this cigar is that it has been aged properly. I used to be a big Cohiba fan, but no more. They are now victims of their own success, as due to the extreme demand for their product they are more and more releasing improperly aged cigars cigars. A less well known brand like Macanudo is forced to do their very best work to capture a piece of the market.
To our great benefit.