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Macanudo Ascot Cigar Review
Mild, small cigars… okay, you might be thinking that they’re not for everyone, but I’ll go on record saying, yeah, I think they are. Hence, the Macanudo Ascot.
When I took a trip to the General Cigar factory in Santiago in the Dominican Republic, there were just gazillions of premium hand rolled cigars everywhere. I not only had my pick of the litter of tasty treats to choose from, but so did the thousands of people working there. But what took me by great surprise is that so many of the employees were smoking the Macanudo Ascot. In fact, the guy who was enjoying them the most was then, CEO of the company, Daniel Núñez.
The then boss man of so many iconic brands like Oliva Cigars, Punch, Partagas, Cohiba, and of course Macanudo, was always seen walking around with an Ascot dangling from his lips as he toured the factory floor. So, of course, in all my inquisitiveness, I simply had to ask, “Hey Daniel… why?”
“They’re the perfect cigar to smoke when I’m moving around and don’t really have the time to enjoy a large hand rolled stick,” he said quite matter-of-factly. “And while it’s a quick smoke, it’s not like a cigarillo that is gone in just a few puffs. The Ascot has a naturally sweet flavor and it’s just so easy to enjoy when you’re on the go.”
Well, damn… I figured if they were good enough for a tobacco icon like the great Daniel N. to smoke, then they’re certainly good enough for yours truly. So, today I’ll be bringing you my Macanudo Ascot cigar review. I picked up a tin here at Famous Smoke Shop and instantly discovered a raft of times that these sweet little treats came in nice and handy. Short car rides are definitely the first and foremost reason to light ‘em up. And then there’s these cold early spring days here in north Jersey where I’m absolutely jonesing for the flavor of premium tobacco but don’t want to stand outside for long periods of time while freezing off some of my most important parts. If you really think about it, you’ll come up with a hundred excuses to smoke them.
Now the tins of ten that they are packaged in are really quite handy. They’re easy to store or carry around while protecting the little stogies from getting smooshed. I noticed that the tin also keeps the humidity locked in so they stay fresh for a long period of time (including the fact that they are individually wrapped in cello). And it’s perfect for tossing into your golf bag or glove compartment.
I think that most surprising of all is that they really do taste damned good. They’re crafted from aged premium tobacco with a golden shade Connecticut wrapper to bring it all together. And while they are mild, they have some real nice tobacco flavor – something you just might be in need of but without the time for a large traditional stick. Macanudo cigars have long been known for their smooth, easy-to-smoke flavor profile, and the Macanudo Ascot delivers that signature flavor in an extremely convenient form.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Macanudo Ascot cigar review, and I’m telling you – the Macanudo Ascot serves a heck of an important purpose in the cigar world, and they are indeed for everyone who enjoys a good smoke. To learn more about Macanudo Ascots, check out Macanudo’s official website!