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Review of Cabarete Maduro Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Cabarete Maduro cigars from Villager debuted in 2014. These cigars are made in the Dominican Republic with a blend of Dominican filler tobaccos and Nicaraguan Maduro wrappers. The box pressed Toro (6 x 54) that I sampled for this short review has a typical price tag of about $138 per box of 20 cigars, which works out to an average of $6.90 per stick. Expect to pay at least $8 for a single cigar.

The cigar began with a generous draw of medium-to-full bodied smoke having flavors of earth, pepper and sweetness. The initial flavors were very rich and enjoyable. After about 15 minutes, a taste of chocolate-caramel entered the mix. Ten minutes later, the flavor became fuller and the cigar needed its first touch-up light to keep the burn even. At 45 minutes into the cigar, a relight was required and the flavor started to become less enjoyable, dropping from a 4-point rating on a 5-point scale down to 3.75 points. At about the one-hour mark, a second touch-up was needed, and the the flavor continued to drop a bit further down to 3.5 points, as the cigar neared the end. It took me 75 minutes to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining.

Overall, I rate the Cabarate Maduo with a respectable 3.75 points on a 5-point scale. This cigar had a solid 4-point flavor during the first 45 minutes, before gradually dropping off during the last half-hour. Of course, you don't always have to smoke a cigar down to two inches remaining if the taste becomes less enjoyable, but during a review, we strive to rate our experience of smoking the entire cigar.

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