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My Weekend Cigar: May 14, 2018 – Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Macanudo Inspirado Red Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

How Long Aged Tobaccos Can Tame Even the Boldest Blend

In recent years, Macanudo cigars has ventured into boutique cigar territory with complex blends that are light years beyond the Macs our Dads and Grandads smoked. Case in point: The Macanudo Inspirado cigars range, blended with select tobaccos grown outside of the Dominican Republic, like the Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto Box Pressed. Moreover, the Inspirado Red line is rolled in Nicaragua, another first for the legendary brand, but that’s only half the story. . .

MACANUDO INSPIRADO RED ROBUSTO BOX-PRESSED

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The Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto Box Pressed cigar issues an ample volume of velvety smoke that’s simultaneously muscular and sublime. – G-~

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 5″ x 50, box pressed
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe (aged 12 yrs.), Honduran Jamastran (aged 10 yrs.), Nicaraguan Estelí (aged 5 yrs.)
Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa

My Experience: The Macanudo Inspirado Red line is also allegedly “the most full-bodied Macanudo” to-date, and although strength is subjective, they weren’t kidding with this one. The blend is chock-full of extra-long aged tobaccos starting with 12-year-aged Nicaraguan Ometepe, 5-year-aged Estelí Ligero, and 10-year-aged Honduran Jamastran bound in a Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf, and finished with a flawless Ecuadorian Habano Ligero capa. The box pressing is beautifully done with sharp corners and the wrapper is so even in hue, it looks like they dipped it in milk chocolate.

Although the pre-light draw was unexpectedly nondescript, once lit, the first few puffs offered a mellow and creamy smoke that was somewhat charry with some light pepper on the finish. Yet, it didn’t take long before those Nicaraguan tobaccos woke up and delivered a big spoonful of peppery spice. (Imagine a swig of creamy, woody flavors chased with a shot of Tabasco.)

Paired with coffee, this cigar was outside my usual sweet cigar comfort zone, but herein lies the secret of this full-bodied fiesta – the smoke is so ultra-smooth and creamy that the peppery spice doesn’t pound your palate, but it’s right up front. I attribute this to the extra-long-age tobaccos, yet not every puff is a blitz of spice. The pepper lays-off occasionally allowing more of the wood notes to come through, but in the final third the cigar finishes strong.

Suffice it to say. . . . the Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto is right up there with the best Nicaraguan cigars, issuing an ample volume of velvety smoke that’s simultaneously muscular and sublime. I wouldn’t recommend it to new cigar smokers, but for those who love rich, hearty cigars, I suggest pairing this Robusto with a fine Port or dark añejo rum if you want a little sweetness; otherwise, this cigar should go nicely with a top-notch single malt after dinner.

 

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With the release of the Inspirado Red, the triangle is complete with Black and White, all 3 are exceptional and have brought Macanuda back into the cigar race. I don’t prefer either over the other because their all great tasting smokes, all burn well and are constructed perfectly.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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