Macanudo is known for producing one of the most popular cigars in the Hyde park. Their natural Dominican line has a beloved following, I being one of those followers. That said, if you come to Macs for a nice, smooth, mellow smoke, this may not be the one for you. It?s like a fist to the mouth, but in a good way.This is a medium to full smoke throughout that is full of pepper flavors. It transitions wonderfully, giving way from a very powerful initial flavor to a strong coffee and chocolate finish near the end. It?s interesting throughout and keeps me coming back.The pack on mine was a little spongy, not what I expected from a box press, but I did enjoy it. There was a good level of smoke throughout the stick. It was kind of like sitting down to a rich and robust meal and finishing with a lighter desert. Like I said, interesting throughout. I was glad to have this experience. I have a few padrons in my humidor that I keep for when I want that super strong and flavorful experience, and I will keep a few of these also for when I want that level of strength in a cigar I can actually afford.Unlike other reviews, I found this to be a shorter duration smoke. I was done with mine in 40 minutes. For me I this is definitely and end of day cigar. I really enjoyed the depth of flavor, and look forward to my next one.
I like to smoke a cigar, think about what flavors I find, and then compare--afterward--with a couple of YouTube cigar guys that I think know what they re doing. This cigar appears to be all over the place---I think there is a lot of variation in what people are finding. For example, one reviewer online found the cigar packed very tightly without any give whatsoever , where I found mine quite spongy with a draw that was almost but not quite too loose. This cigar is very transitiony. This is the least box-pressed of any box-pressed cigar I have seen---very rounded box press. Burn was straight and required no touching. The one constant that all decent reviewers seem to note and that I wholeheartedly agree with is a cinnamon note that persists throughout.At first light, I was disappointed. It was peppery, rude, a little bitter, with strength but slightly light on the body side. Main notes out of the gate were pepper and cinnamon, persistent on the tip of the tongue. Borderline unpleasant, I thought. As soon as I got into the first inch or so, however, it improved quite a bit. Pepper receded somewhat, and the cinnamon was prominent--very much reminded me of the small cinnamon hearts you occasionally see decorating deserts. Body and strength medium-plus at that point. In the middle of the cigar, strength and body reduced to light-medium, cinnamon still present, kind of a pleasant mix of the usual flavors, as well as some that I couldn t quite put my finger on, with a subtle sweetness. But what really took me by surprise was the last third, when the cigar just very jarringly transitioned into a fuller body with the most potent milk chocolate flavor I think I ve ever had in a cigar, tempered by that trademark cinnamon that goes throughout this stick. I want to say for the record that I am not the kind of guy who usually notes a lot of transitions in a cigar---this cigar had very potent, very clear, transitions; I can t imagine that there is anyone on the planet who would not find the transitions prominent and obvious.I am a big fan of these Inspirado line cigars. For my money, I think the white inspirado is the best, throughout. But this red inspirado had truly superior moments, and I think for this price point, is a remarkably interesting cigar. I will be pleased to keep a dozen of these in the humidor and see how they develop.