One of the unique things about reviewing cigars is that I get to try out cigar’s from brands I have been fond of, but did not delve much deeper into beyond a couple sticks from those particular brands. Last year the gentleman I buy cigars from pushed me to try the very expensive Macanudo Inspirado (upon further research this price point was due to the heavy import price he paid), and while I really enjoyed the Inspirado, I did not try anything beyond that single stick I purchased. Fortunately however, recently I got to revisit this brand when Anthony over at Cigar’s City threw in a couple sticks from the Maduro line for me. Enter the Macanudo Gigante Maduro, not an overly complex cigar, but a light cigar that is complimented by subtle flavours of cocoa and woods that make for a comfortable smoking experience.
The Maduro’s packaging is nothing special. The Maduro has a dark brown wrapper that feels relatively smooth to the lips. In addition, the overall construction of the Maduro is fairly sturdy; both Maduros that I received cut with ease. The cigar sports a classy band, with black and gold comprising the logo over top a white and brown base.
The Maduro is what I would describe as having struck a fine balance between a mild and mid-bodied cigar – the Maduro draws smooth and light like a mild bodied cigar would, but carries the thickness of smoke that I’m more accustomed to from a mid-bodied cigar. The initial flavour of the Maduro is pleasant, with a quality tasting tobacco complimented by light woods and cocoa flavours. About half way through the cigar the flavour stays consistent with the light cocoa flavour becoming slightly more predominant. The only gripe I had with the two I smoked was the poor quality of the ash, which lead me to ashing more then I wanted to. The Maduro is not overly complex, and the flavours never build up like you might expect from the initial puff’s, but with the light flavours the Maduro does carry it provides a consistently comfortable smoking experience.
The Gigante Maduro is not the most complex cigar, but it is a well balanced mild cigar that makes for a pleasurable smoking experience. The Maduro is an excellent cigar for new comers to cigar smoking, or simply for smokers who wants something that is not too overwhelming but delivers excellent taste. The Gigante Maduro has earned it’s place in my humidor, and for that, I recommend this cigar to smokers of all types.
If you want to try this, and other cigars, I suggest you check out Cigars City!
While many of my cigar smoking friends have said good things about Dunhill cigars, I have to admit, I avoided the these cigars based on the gentleman I used to buy my cigars from telling me that he disliked the Dunhill brand. Being an amateur, and more impressionable smoker at the time, I took his words quite seriously and did not bother to give the Dunhill‘s a fair shot. That is, until now. I can apologetically tell the cigar gods that I am glad to say that my opinion was completely unfounded, and out of all the cigars I have tried this year, the full-bodied Dunhill Signed Range Corona is one of the better ones.
The Dunhill is packaged in a sleek crimson red tube that is designed to hold air and keep out moisture – definitely to extend the cigars shelf life outside of a humidor. Upon sliding open the red container I was greeted with an aroma that could be described as spicy and sweet. The cigar’s band mimics the packaging by sporting a crimson red base with silver lettering and accents. The cigars wrapper seems standard, and the two I tried both cut well. The wrapper has a softness to it which makes placing it on your lips a comfortable experience.
The initial taste of the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is mediocre at best. As it burns however, the cigar’s taste builds, and you will find pleasant spices accompanied by a taste that I can describe as being almost fruity. The beauty of this cigar however, is that these flavours are not overwhelming, and serve to compliment the natural flavouring of the tobacco, not overtake it. In addition to the flavourful nature of this cigar, it must be noted that while the smoke draws thick, it is never a result of overwhelming filler tobacco, but a careful combination of all the flavouring this cigar has to offer. Approximately twenty minutes in, and a bit more than halfway through the cigar, the flavour is consistent but also seems to take on more of a leathery quality – which is a good thing. About two-thirds of the way through the cigar, you will notice that this cigar loses a bit of it’s flavour, but that is to be expected when smoking a cigar down to that point. The ash maintains a light grey, but does not have as much integrity as you would expect, and this lead to me ashing it more then I would have liked to; not a major take away from this excellent cigar, but it is a minor annoyance. The cigar has a relatively normal burning time for a cigar of this size, and both Dunhill’s I was sent lasted me approximately thirty to forty minutes. The cigar is medium to full bodied, and this may intimidate less veteran smokers, but for those who enjoy a quality full bodied experience, then this cigar is definitely worth giving a try.
The Dunhill Signed Range Corona is an excellent addition to any smokers humidor. The only negatives I can really surmise are minor ones that overall do not take away from the excellent build and taste of this cigar. If you are not interested in medium to full bodied cigars, and thick draws of smoke are something that you cannot handle in a cigar, then you may be turned off by the Dunhill Signed Range Corona. However, If you are looking for a full bodied experience that does not overwhelm with its flavour or tobacco, then the Dunhill Signed Range Corona is for you. Based on this cigar alone, I am interested to see what else Dunhill has to offer; maybe I’ll take a trip down to that gentleman’s cigar shop and ask him… Aha.
Check out Cigars City if you are interested in buying this excellent cigar.