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Cigar Review: Matilde Recanar

 

The Matilde Recanar is a gorgeous cigar that is the product of master blender Jose Seijas formerly of Altidis. The Recanar is the first line from Matilde since Seijas formed the company. For the blend Seijas uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.  Seijas is working out of his own factory in The Dominican Republic where all rollers are required to be cigar smokers as Seijas feels that give them a better understanding of the product they are making.

The line vitolas are a 5.5×44 corona, a 5.25×54 robusto, 6.5×54 toro bravo, and a 6×60 grande. This cigar features a beautiful band that works great with the almost colorado wrapper.  The cigars start at $7.50 and go to $9.00, which is a great price for these cigars!

I smoked the corona and I noticed a great earthy note from the foot pre-light. I clipped the cigar and toasted it with a long match. Once lit I the first third featured a great balance of white pepper and earth, like well aged tobacco. The earthy notes were like rich soil, the retro hale really brought these flavors out.

The pepper faded slightly for the second third and notes of wood, but not cedar, more of an oak, came to the forefront with the wonderful earthy notes still present. The earth was slightly subdued by the oak but was present just enough be a very pleasant compliment.

The final third is where I felt this cigar came to life in a big way. The pepper notes left but brought in a sweet tobacco flavor with notes of butter. The smoke had a creamy texture to it and was heavy on the palate. The finish of this cigar was long and complex, everything I look for in a great cigar.

The construction on this cigar was an A+.  There were no soft spots and the cap was perfect.  The draw was great as well.  The burn only gets an A as there were some moments of uneven burn, though they correct quickly, the ash held well and was solid and white.

In conclusion, this really impressed me.  I have been looking forward to it and it had not one bit of disappointment!  This cigar is box worthy right now and just might make it to the epic status.

-Brandon K.
brandon@thecigarnut.com

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