El Titan de Bronze Titan Redemption Maduro

2-2-12 been in humidor since 1-7-12

El Titan de Bronze Titan Redemption Maduro

Robusto (5x 50)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Willy Herrera

A big thanks to BigT06 from the cigar.com forum for hooking me up with this cigar.

This cigar is Hand made in the USA in their Facility in Little Havana, Miami, FL. They use rollers from some of the worlds top factories (According to their website they are from Romeo y Julieta, Corona, and Partagas. I am assuming they mean the Cuban brands) and employ Cuban style of “entubado” to bunch their fillers. This style is hallmarked by the filler leaves being rolled into tubes or scrolls before being added to the bunch and bound. It is by far the most difficult style to roll but also creates the best, most even airflow for a cigar. This difficulty does have a big downside for manufacturers: it is slow.

Given the difficulty of the making, the boutique status, and how few can be made a year, this cigar is very middle of the road as far as price goes.

This cigar is not an especially deep maduro, but it clearly is a maduro; the wrapper feels oily to the touch and the second band says “maduro.” the band doesnt seem like anything special. Thats OK with me, I would rather have an ugly band and an amazing cigar instead of an amazing band and a bad cigar. If I were to review this cigar based on looks, it wouldn’t be anything more than average.

The smell is again, nothing special. It is just a light classic tobacco smell. The lick on the cap is a very damp earth taste. It is almost “cool” on the lips because of the taste impression.

A cut with my Xi2 reveals a draw that is fairly tight but still drawable. I’m a bit surprised by this given the information given about this cigar in the first paragraph of this review. A big deal was made of it on the El Titan de Bronze website. The flavor of this very firm draw is again the damp earth flavor, but in the draw it is more mushroom than anything. (I know what you may be thinking but there is no mold anywhere on this cigar that I can see and it came out of a humidor that has not been above 68% in over a year.)

A light with a soft flame brings on a dark chocolate flavor with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Through the nose I get a bit of a wood note. There is the Nicaraguan texture/flavor combo on the finish. It is a spicy, woody mix. There is a ton of smoke coming off of the foot but due to the tight draw I feel that the amount that can be drawn into the mouth is limited. As the cigar settles in, a few more spicy notes come out and the bitterness dissipates. The wood flavor through the nose is strong but only through the nose.

The middle third is not that much different than the end of the first third. There may be a touch of musk through the nose as well but nothing outstandingly different. The draw has yet to open up. The burn is great. As the middle third continues on a subtle sweetness develops. This is how the middle third stays.

The final third starts to transition to a toastier version of the cigar. Close to the end the spice picks up slightly.

The cigar finishes with a very difficult draw and the same overall profile.

Burn to the nub.

Time 1 hour 40 minutes

the flavors were not spectacular but they were good. The only real complaint is the difficult draw throughout. Rolling the cigar between the fingers did not help. A Draw Poker may have helped but I did not have one handy. Cant win them all.

Burn: 10

Draw: 7

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 8

Balance: 10

Feel: 9

Overall: 8.8


~ by kuzi16 on February 2, 2012.

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