Top Maduro Cigars
In keeping with the theme of wrappers, this week we are going to talk about one of the most popular wrapper shades. Last week we covered five of our favorite cigars that have Cameroon tobaccos that make up the wrapper. But this week we wanted to cover cigars that have one of the most popular shades in the industry, that being the Maduro shade.
“Maduro” is Spanish for “mature” or “ripe” and the flavor notes in a Maduro wrapper shade offer just that. The oily and rich flavors that are provided also have hints of earth and woodsy tones. Maduro cigars are one of the darkest looking cigars out there, but that doesn’t always translate to them being one of the strongest cigars.
There are many shades of Maduro, such as Colorado Maduro, Oscuro, and Double Maduro. Popular brands such as Punch and Hoyo de Monterrey were early users of Maduro, but this week we are going to be covering the Top 5 Richest Maduro Cigars.
Avo Classic Maduro
A staple of the Avo portfolio for years, then discontinued by Davidoff, then resurrected for a limited release, and finally returning as a regular production, Avo Classic Maduro has cemented itself as one of the best Maduro smokes on the market.
The lone Maduro offering in Avo’s top-rated lineup, Classic Maduro is blended with a core of Dominican long filler and binder tobaccos, some of which are aged up to 25 years, all dressed in a top-shelf Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The medium-bodied profile and medley of pepper, espresso, anise, creamy caramel, and sweet tobacco notes play off each other well and make for an unforgettable smoking experience.
Montecristo Espada Oscuro
A line extension of a collaboration between two of the most famous cigar makers in the industry —Montecristo and the Plasencia Family, Montecristo Espada Oscuro is bursting at the seams with rich and complex flavor. Crafted at Plasencia’s Nicaraguan factory and featuring finely aged Nicaraguan long-filler and binder tobaccos from Plasencia’s farms, Espada Oscuro is sure to impress fans of Nicaraguan blends.
Finished with a gorgeous Habano Rosado Oscuro with a very dark reddish-brown hue, they deliver a full-bodied tapestry of chocolate, white pepper, earth, and hints of dried fruit sweetness. If you are interested in enjoying the full potential of the rich, luxury flavors that come from Maduro-wrapped Nicaraguan blends, these are sticks you need to have in your humidor.
NightShade by Drew Estate
Drew Estate is arguably the most successful premium cigar company to start up during the height of the 1990s cigar boom, and they have since developed a vast portfolio of popular brands like Liga Privada, Acid, and Undercrown. Named after the nightshade plant family, which also includes plant species like our beloved tobacco, NightShade by Drew Estate is a dusky smoke brimming with rich flavor.
NightShade is crafted with aged Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, a hearty Indonesian binder, and a unique Connecticut Habano wrapper leaf. With dark and rich medium-full bodied flavors of chocolate, black pepper, espresso, leather, and dried fruit sweetness, these JR Cigars exclusives are not only deliciously good but exceptionally affordable so you can experience the excellence of Drew Estate.
My Father La Opulencia
My Father Cigars is famous for consistently producing some of the best and highly sought-after Nicaraguan smokes on the market, and for using almost entirely their own tobaccos in their blends. With a top-shelf Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper encasing a core of vintage Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo long-fillers and binders, My Father La Opulencia is an industry favorite.
They provide a rich, complex, and unexpectedly smooth medium-full-bodied smoke imbued with flavors of chocolate, leather, sweet tobacco, cream, oak, and of course My Father’s signature peppery spice. Regarded as a crossover between the original My Father and the famous Le Bijou 1922, La Opulencia cigars live up to their name with a magnificent smoking experience.
Ashton Aged Maduro
Rounding out this list is the Ashton Aged Maduro. Although not nearly as new to the scene as some of the other mentions, these gems are timeless classics that are rife with rich and complex flavors. Ashton has been around for over 35 years, developing a reputation for consistently providing top-shelf cigars to the market year after year.
Crafted at Chateau de la Fuente in the Dominican Republic with a core of masterfully aged Dominican long-fillers and binder tobaccos, the finishing touch is a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Unlike the other mentions on the list with a medium-bodied smoke or bolder, Ashton Aged Maduro continues to be the exception of the rule that darker means stronger.
Their exceptionally smooth mellow-medium-bodied smoke is loaded with rich notes of nuts, chocolate, cream, oak, earth, touches of black pepper, and tobacco sweetness. Their lush flavors make them a favorite for seasoned aficionados, and the smoothness makes them accessible for even the most novice aficionado. Ashton Aged Maduro is not only a people-pleaser but an all-around class act.