Macanudo Maduro Vintage Cabinet Selection 1997

Macanudo Maduro Vintage Cabinet Selection 1997

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua, Dom. Rep., Brazil
Binder : Honduras
Price : $65 for a box of 12

Recently I purchased an aged variety of cigar readily available in the US market to see if there other cigars out there that the average US aficionado could enjoy at reasonable prices. Macanudo has always been a popular smoke, and I went on’s website to make my choice. I give a tip of the cap to Sean O. and Andy D. at for their assistance in processing my order. Customer service was impeccable and these guys were immensely helpful in processing my requests. I purchased all three vitolas available — Perfecto, Toro and Robusto, and since they all were basically the same cigar, my comments are directed at all three configurations.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★☆☆
This cigar is well crafted with a blunt tip (and a tip on both ends for the Perfecto) and oiled dark chocolate brown wrapper. There were spines throughout and some signs of imperfections in pretty much all the sticks I sampled. Cigars come packaged in a three layered hinged box with individual trays and dividers between each smoke and layer and two rings—a paper ring on the lighting end and a nice pewter styled stamped metal ring on each cigar for smoking. Were the smoke to deliver what the packaging portended, this smoke would have earned much higher scores in my mind.

Macanudo 1997

Construction : Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Cigars are well crafted but there are some serious issues with the stick’s performance. Lighting is effortless, and so is the draw. Without exception, burn is technically about as good as they come, with no corrections needed, and no serious flaws with the burn. Wrapper separation is a SERIOUS problem. Almost every stick has the wrapper itself separating from the stick down the entirety of the length. You can pretty much count on separation, so you might want to leave the metal ring on the stick to slow down the effect.

Flavor : Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Taste was the biggest disappointment for me. The stick is quite stout, and the flavor profile is rather simple. You do not pick up nuances with this smoke. Spicy notes pervade, with pepper being the strongest and most prevalent note. Quite frankly, this stick was not as harsh as the Juan Lopez that I have reviewed earlier on this site, but there is not much distance between this stick, and that one. Yes, the stick delivers billows of smoke and plenty of powerful taste, but the flavor profile really does not befit the name on the box.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
Price on this cigar is reasonable, considering the size of cigar you get for the price you paid. You get a $5 result from a $5 cigar. Nothing more, nothing less.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★½☆☆
Were Macanudo to have delivered the “sizzle” that befitted the effort they went to in packaging and marketing this stick, I would think much more favorably about this cigar and the results I got from consuming it. In its present form, it is a fair to good cigar considering its pedigree, but I would be hard pressed to actually spend money on it again. Being too harsh in taste, too apt to have complete wrapper separation, and too plain in its taste profile would steer me towards a choice other than this particular release.