April 7, 2015
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$8-9 each
The Aging Room Maduro was one of five new blends from Rafael Nodal’s Boutique Blends in 2013. Nodal specifically created the Aging Room brand in order to produce small batch releases using rare tobaccos. The Aging Room Maduro is quite a popular and critically acclaimed cigar, and could easily become the mainstay blend for the line. It is available in five vitolas, the Presto, Rondo, Mezzo, Major and Alto. For this review, I smoked the Mezzo, which measures 6 x 54.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
This is a pretty big cigar in the basic toro shape. The wrapper is a very dark brown color. It is just slightly oily to the touch, with a rough texture. It is tough to find the seams and veins. The red band really stands out against the dark brown wrapper leaf, and features some beautiful typography. It is very elegant in its simplicity.
Construction : [rating:5/5]
Wow, absolutely nothing to complain about here! The draw and the burn aren’t just good, they’re perfect. The burn line was almost razor straight the entire time, with very little need for corrections and some nice white ash. It didn’t burn hot or fast at all. The draw was very smooth and just right from start to finish. There was just enough resistance that I considered it perfect.
Flavor : [rating:4.75/5] (4.75)
I knew even from the pre-light draw that this was going to be a phenomenal cigar. Even before lighting up, I got an amazing blend of flavors: chocolate, coffee, and pepper. Those same flavors were prominent after lighting up. In the background I could just detect a note of citrus adding a fruity flavor, and also something darker, maybe raisins or berries. The pepper was quite strong and increased as I went, but never to the point of becoming overwhelming, despite being the most prominent flavor in the middle third. It did a great job balancing out the sweet chocolate notes. The sweet chocolate taste lingered a bit after the spice faded on the palate. The final third was essentially more of the same, but some of those background fruit notes began more noticeable, particularly those darker fruits.
Value : [rating:4.5/5]
There are certainly cheaper cigars out there, but this cigar could easily have been priced much higher than it is and still sell well. There is amazing quality here, and that means that you are getting at an amazing value for around $9 a stick. I could see myself paying more for it. As it is, the lower price means I can look forward to buying a box.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.75/5] (4.75)
Seldom do you get a cigar that is actually arguably perfect. Construction and appearance were excellent, and the flavors were incredibly well-balanced. There wasn’t a whole lot of transition in the last third, but that was fine in light of how enjoyable the flavor blend was. I loved the way the sweetness and spice balanced each other out. If you are a fan of spicy cigars, you will enjoy this one a lot. And if you like spice in a cigar but hate when a cigar overwhelms you with it, you will really like the Aging Room Maduro. It is a medium-bodied smoke from start to finish, the spice stays under control, and the sweetness makes a nice complement to it.
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