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Cigar Review: Macanudo Duke of York

Macanudo Duke of York.jpgThis month Tex Cigars sent me some Macanudo Duke of York for this months review. Macanudo is well known to be a very mild line that has its own following. Some people only smoke Macanudo and some people can not stand them because of the mildness. Luckily I love all types of cigars and have been known to smoke a Macanudo or two. My buddy was over Saturday night and after some Bud’s he wanted to try a cigar. Since he smokes cigarettes I knew he would inhale even if he didn’t try so I gave him one of these knowing it would not put him on his ass. Well he did inhale and liked it. He told me it was milder than his Marlboro Lights…..

Macanudo was originally the name of a frontmark produced in Jamaica by the makers of the Cuban brand of Punch. In 1971, General Cigar Company introduced Macanudo as a brand unto itself. Developed in Jamaica under the leadership of Ramón Cifuentes, a Cuban cigar maker from Partagas.

Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5 1/4 x 54
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Natural
Strength: Mild

The pre-light inspection of this hefty cigar turned up nothing but beauty. It has a large cap so even if you do not have the best cutting method it would be hard to over cut it. It has small veins and a nice foot. It is consistent from head to foot with no blemishes. It has a little sweet musty smell to it. When I cut the head it had a medium size vein in it that made the cut a little off and the head not solid. The draw is very good  with just a touch of resistance.

After the initial couple puffs of harshness this cigar goes right to mild with a pleasant mellow smell. The burn was good but the ash was weak, it was not smooth and dropped at a little over a half inch. This is my third cigar out of this batch and I seen better ashes on the others. But I also had one that was plugged and had to toss it out after about the first third. Smoking cigars should not be a chore and not make your head hurt. This is weird though, I have never ran into a plugged Macanudo before but these things do happen.

The taste is in the background not jumping out at you and it reminds me of some kind of wood but it is hard to tell. The burn was good through the rest of the smoke going off just a bit. The ash still seems to be almost in layers like the wrapper is not tight against the binder but it did seem to get better later in the smoke. It seemed to get a little harsh toward the end and I should mention the band was a bitch to get off. I will put the pictures in when I get back home later this week.

Over all Mac’s are Mac’s to me, not bad but not great. A little to mild for me to smoke all the time but would make a good smoke on the golf course on a hot day. It would make a good morning smoke on the porch but this one is a little big for that.  Macanudo cigars are fairly consistent from box to box with good construction and burn. I may have just ran into a couple that were off. I will update this post once I smoke more out of the box and get a better feel for it.  So I say try a couple during your next golf outing but if you like a lot of flavor this cigar is not for you.

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