Di Fazio Maduro Robust

Di Fazio Maduro

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Di FazioSize : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each; ~150 box of 24

Special thanks to Di Fazio cigars for providing me with a sample of these cigars to review.

Di Fazio Cigars were created last year by Carmelo Di Fazio, a 41-year-old Miami television executive. Born in Venezuela of Italian descent, Di Fazio is a self-described dreamer who loves to smoke cigars.

As others have noted, Di Fazio cigars are rolled at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. factory in Honduras. That factory also makes Illusione and Alec Bradley Tempus cigars, among others.

They also offer the Picoso, which has been previously reviewed on Cigar Inspector and the Connecticut.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
The dark chocolate brown wrapper shows some veins but it does not detract from the appearance of the cigar. The wrapper displayed a nice oily sheen. The mostly white band with gold accents is an interesting contrast to the wrapper and is attractive.

Di Fazio Maduro

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
This is a well-packed, nicely constructed cigar with zero soft spots. The maduro wrapper is Nicaraguan. The binder is Honduran and the filler is Honduran and Nicaraguan. The pre-light draw was excellent. The cap was done well also. There was one small hole in the wrapper of my second cigar but this may have happened in shipping or my humidor. My second cigar also got a half-inch split in the wrapper at the foot, however, the split did not affect the burn. I left the cigar in the car while I was at work, and it was in the 30s, so I will chalk the split up to the low temperature since I had no problems with the other cigars. The draw during the entire burn process was very good. The burn line was wavy and blistered a little but did not require any corrections. The ash was slightly flaky and gray-white and held on for a couple inches.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
The smell of the cigar pre-light was sweet, like dried fruit and chocolate. Initial taste was sweet with a hit of pepper in the back of the mouth. I detected some pepper on the retro. The first third I noted tastes of coffee and hickory with plenty of thick rich smoke. The second third the hickory taste went to the background and I tasted more coffee and burnt chocolate. The last third kept the same basic profile while increasing the pepper a bit. The retro-hale was spicy but not overly so. There was always a pepper note at the back of the throat. It was a medium to full bodied smoke.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
At $8 per cigar this is a decent stick. The flavors are nice and fairly complex. This is a competitive price bracket. If you can find them in the $5-6 range it is a definite buy.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I enjoyed this cigar overall. I liked the sweet smell and flavors. The construction was good despite what may have been some self-inflicted problems I had on my second cigar. I smoked 3 overall and the flavor on all three was consistent. I recommend trying one or two to see if it’s for you. As usual though, your mileage may vary.