Review of Macanudo M Cigars
By: Gary Manelski
Macanudo M is a flavored cigar made with Nicaraguan, Indonesian, Philippine and other fine tobaccos. The cigar is infused with the flavor of coffee, which is a first for the Macanudo brand. These cigars became available during July 2018 in three sizes, including a Toro (6 x 50) priced at $7.99 per cigar, which was sampled for this review. For more info about these cigars, please see the press release.
Before lighting the cigar, I could not help but notice a strong coffee/mocha aroma. I do not recommend storing these cigars in the same humidor as natural non-flavored cigars, to avoid any possibility of the coffee flavor affecting the taste of the natural cigars (especially if stored together for longer periods of time).
The Macanudo M cigar began with a sweet coffee/mocha flavor that was accompanied by notes of cedar that began fading after a few minutes. The sweet coffee flavor then started to become smoother and more creamy, actually becoming more enjoyable as the cigar continued to burn. This cigar is mild-to-medium bodied, and can be enjoyed by all levels of cigar smokers, especially beginners. It should also appeal to coffee lovers, and would make for a good morning smoke along with a cup of coffee or some type of coffee drink.
The sample Macanudo M Toro cigars had an even burn, a very good draw and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the one hour that it took me to smoke this Toro sized cigar down to 1½ inches remaining.
I occasionally enjoy artificially flavored cigars, but not on a regular basis. I prefer natural cigar tobacco flavors, but if you prefer a cigar having a higher degree of sweetness and/or flavors than pure natural tobacco, then the Macanudo M is definitely worth a try, at least for a change of pace.
It can be difficult rating artificially flavored cigars on the same scale as natural cigars (it's like comparing apples to oranges). Although made with quality cigar tobacco, a large share of a premium flavored cigar's taste is derived from the infused flavor(s). Therefore, you would not expect a cigar company to produce artificially flavored cigars using its best premium tobacco. However, I can say that I enjoyed the total smoking experience of the Macanudo M enough to rate it with a good overall score of 3.5 points on a comprehensive 5-point scale. If rated on a nonexistent scale that encompassed only flavored cigars, then the Macanudo M would have been rated somewhat higher.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.