The world of cigars is complex and there are many terms used that even the most advanced cigar enthusiast may need further explanation of in order to truly understand them. There are different phrases used to describe cigar wrappers, one of them being Maduro. Maduro is a Spanish word that translates to “mature” and in the world of cigars, Maduro often times refers to a cigar with a dark brown wrapper.
There’s a common belief that the darker the wrapper, the stronger the cigar. That’s not necessarily the case, however. A Maduro wrapper can appear dark in color but its overall flavor can range from bitter to complex and sweet. What determines the strength of a cigar is what’s inside of it–the filler. Also, Maduro wrappers come in different shades based on the curing and fermentation process the tobacco undergoes. For example, there’s a Colorado variety of Maduro that looks lighter in comparison to the Oscuro or double Maduro variety. One thing is for certain–the darker the shade, the oilier and thicker the wrapper tends to be.
Fermentation is another phrase you may be unfamiliar with but its one that plays an important role in Maduro wrappers. After tobacco is removed from curing barns and transported to factories, tobaccos are piled together into what is called pilons. It’s while the tobaccos are placed in pilons that the leaves’ aroma and flavors are developed. It’s also during this process where the tobaccos lose their ammonia and nicotine levels. Maduro tobacco typically undergoes a longer fermentation period and is exposed to higher temperatures, which ultimately gives the tobacco its recognizable dark color. After fermentation, Maduro tobacco will create a richer but smoother smoking experience overall with a little bit more sweetness than the typical tobacco. The next time you light up a Maduro wrapped cigar, appreciate it a little more knowing the extra time, attention, and patience that went into growing and developing it.
Now that you know a little more about Maduro cigars, here are a few for you to check out next time you’re in your local tobacconist:
AVO Classic Maduro
Maduro wrappers have been part of the AVO brand for some time. In 2015, the AVO Maduro was cut from the AVO regular production but it made a re-appearance in 2018 as part of the brand’s 30th Anniversary. In 2020, the cigar is set to make yet another return, this time as the AVO Classic Maduro. Based on the first blend developed by the late Avo Uvezian and Davidoff’s Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, the AVO Classic Maduro features a deep brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, premium tobaccos grown in the Dominican Republic and has notes of espresso, pepper and cedar.
Charter Oak Maduro
Foundation Cigar Company
Charter Oak is a brand Nicholas Melillo created to honor and serve as a tribute to his home state of Connecticut. Melillo crafted the Charter Line to be affordable to all, meaning those who are looking to try a Maduro but are concerned about price should give this one some serious consideration. The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro grown in the U.S. This cigar has notes of chocolate, cedar, and leather with superior construction and consideration for price.
Jericho Hill LBV
Crowned Heads’ Jon Huber used inspiration from Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues” and the song “The Long Black Veil” to create Jericho Hill LBV. These cigars feature a dark Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. This is a cigar for those who are into bold smokes. Expect notes coffee, leather and spice as you light up this bold blend made by Crowned Heads and My Father Cigars.
Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro
The Perdomo family has been making cigars since the early 1990s so it should come as no surprise that when it came time to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary, they made a Maduro version of their celebratory cigar to mark the occasion. The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro is a medium to full-bodied cigar that features a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan-grown Maduro wrapper that’s been aged in bourbon barrels for an additional 14 months to give it a sweet, rich flavor profile. This cigar is hearty enough to pair with a steak and will pair well with a cup of espresso or a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro
Rocky Patel Premium Cigars
Rocky Patel Sun Grown has been a hit among many cigar enthusiasts but the Maduro version of this popular line really helped put it on the map. In 2016 the cigar was named the No. 2 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado. This cigar is crafted in Rocky Patel’s Nicaragua-based TaviCusa factory and features a dark, Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and is a bold blend, far more complex than the original release.
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