Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Man O War Puro Authentico Maduro Review

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero
Price: $7.00

As many of you have probably learned by now, I am a huge fan of the Man O War cigars. Actually, I just thing that A.J. Fernandez makes great cigars. I was recently offered a trade for this cigar, and I couldn't pass it up.

I reviewed the original Puro Authentico almost a year ago to the day. So I felt it only fitting to review this one right away.

The Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is dark chocolate in color. This cigar looks absolutely delicious. Started at the double layer cap, that comes to a small twisted end, all the way down to the closed foot.

There were a couple very thin veins, but nothing to worry about. This cigar is perfectly uniform and solid all the way through. After a final look over, I noticed it gave off a very sweet yet peppery smell.

Once I lit this cigar up, you guessed it, I was hit with an immense, super strong, pepper flavor. Throughout the first several puffs, the spice never lessened. But, eventually a strong oak flavor came out and helped to balance out the pepper a little bit. Once the oak and pepper tones balanced out, they became more of accent flavors to the earthy background.

At about the one-inch mark, the spice finally mellowed a little bit, but it was still very strong. To counteract a little bit of the spice, there was a bittersweet chocolate flavor that came out. Now there was a nice sweet and spicy combination to accent the earthiness. The spice was sticking right to the tip of my tongue.

The start of the second third was right about the time where the flavor profile smooths and balances out overall. The spice was still sticking to my tongue, but now the oak and earth were stuck to my palate. The spice was diluted a little bit more by the chocolate flavor, but the sweetness was lessening.

There was a complete 180 degree turn in the flavor profile once I hit the halfway point. The flavor profile became very creamy with some slight coffee tones. The pepper and chocolate tones are still balanced, but they are both mellowing out even more. The combination of oak and earth becomes much stronger and the pepper and chocolate are minor accents now.

The last third of this cigar was full of coffee tones. They picked up a little bit more since the start of the second half. The spice is now just sitting in the back of my throat. The finish of this cigar was very flavor and very complex. There was a ton of flavors that actually combined for a very smooth finish.

The ash on this cigar was light gray and held on for about and inch and a half at a time. The burn was even throughout the entire cigar. The draw was very easy and produced a very thick white smoke. The aroma was very spice as you probably guessed.

This is a very full bodied cigar. It may be small, but it packs a nice punch. Definitely want to smoke this cigar with a full stomach. This cigar is very good, but I don't think it is as good the original Puro Authentico. If you are a fan of Man O War cigars, this is a must try though. I give it a 8.5 out of 10.

Thanks for reading,

Zack the Stogie Man

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