Cigar Czars



Review of Macanudo Gold Label Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

Review of Macanudo Gold Label, an annual limited edition cigar now in its 21st year. A new Golden Nugget size (4.5 x 60) priced at $11.39 is only available this year, and joins seven other vitolas being released from May 1 to July 31, 2023. The cigars are made in the Dominican Republic with first and second primings of gold-colored Connecticut Shade wrapper leaves, from which the cigar derives its name. The binder is Mexican Andrean and the filler is a blend of Mexican and Dominican tobaccos. For more information about these cigars, please read the press release.

The sample Macanudo Gold Label Golden Nugget cigar began with a very modest naturally sweet tobacco flavor. The smoke was mild-to-medium bodied, and was smooth and mellow. After 10-15 minutes, some brief citrus notes emerged, and soon faded. Although unassuming and not very complex, the cigar was still enjoyable and would be a good choice for all levels of cigar smokers, including beginners. A lighter cigar can also be a good choice for mainstream cigar smokers, especially in the morning and during those hot summer months.

The Macanudo Gold Label Golden Nugget cigar was very well made and had a mostly even burn, held a long ash, and had a good draw. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 45 minutes that it took me to smoke down to 1½ inches remaining. I ashed the cigar only one time, at the 30-minute mark.

I rate the sample Golden Nugget size (4.5 x 60) with a good 3.5 to 3.75 points on a 5-point scale. However, based on past experience, I think that the blend might work better in one of the longer sizes having a smaller ring gauge, which could possibly be worthy of a slightly higher 3.75 to 4-point rating. This is also a matter of personal preference, so if you prefer short sticks having a large ring, get the Golden Nugget size this year since it won't be around in 2024. Again, see the press release for all sizes and prices.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

Golden Nugget Cigar
Golden Nugget Cigar