Origin : Honduras
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : 4.30 € each
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Today's review comes from the leading Romanian cigar resource, Humidor.Ro. Bogdan (author and owner) was very kind to translate the review of the Maria Mancini Magic Mountain that was published on his website a little while ago.
Humidor: Almost one year ago, I was reading “The Spell of a Vice” on Lascaris’ blog. In his article, Lascaris refers to Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”, where the main character, Hans Castrop abides by his habits, enjoying a cigar manufactured by Maria Mancini. As far as this cigar is concerned, reality and fiction mingle because the author uses the name of a real producer from Honduras - Maria Mancini, the only difference being that, in the novel, the cigar is located in Bremen. Maria Mancini settled the scores and, taking advantage of the novel’s success, created a cigar called Magic Mountain.
I liked Lascaris’ article and Maria Mancini brand’s idea of creating a cigar inspired by the novel. Consequently, I re-read the novel, paying special attention to the sections including cigar descriptions, which I had ignored upon the first lecture:
“The first thing he needed after meals was the scented water bowl to wash his fingers, and the uncustomed Russian cigarette, which he gladly purchased from the black market, through rather illegal means. He smoked it before the cigar, a savory brand from Bremen, called Maria Mancini, to be mentioned later on and the poisonous flavor whereof so wonderfully mingled with that of coffee. Hans Castrop kept his tobacco ration away from the negative influence of the radiator, he kept it in the basement, where he was descending each morning to fill his port-cigarette with the daily share.”
“ – [...] Please excuse me for a few moments ! And he took out of his fine leather case, adorned with a silver monogram, a Maria Mancini cigar, a beautiful one, tapered at one end, as he especially liked them, he cut off the cap using a penknife hanging from the watch chain, he open the lighter and lighted up the long and upwards-bended cigar, smoking heartily. It is obvious that you don’t smoke; I find it a bit too much.
- But I never did, said Joachim. Why should I take up smoking here?
- That is something I’ll never understand, said Hans Castrop. I can’t understand people who do not smoke, because that somehow means depriving yourself from one of the joys life has to offer, and by all means of a delicious pleasure! When I wake up in the morning I’m glad because I know I can smoke during the day, and during meals I think of the same thing. Yes, and I think I’m not exaggerating too much if I tell you that I only eat to be able to smoke afterwards”.
Then, the curiosity to see if Maria Mancini cigars are as described followed. As far as I could find out, Germany is the only country in Europe where the cigar is imported (maybe out of patriotism). After two unsuccessful attempts to purchase it from Dan Pipe (my card was rejected..) I found it in another shop, charging EUR 50 for shipment… In the end, I found a convenient solution; I bought 10 pieces to be delivered in Nurnberg, at Gabriel’s, who sent them by mail, at a much lower cost.
I should mention that I tried to persuade even Ciprian Halasz, the Docnet owner (importer of cigars from Honduras to Romania) to bring these cigars.