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7/9/17

Macanudo Cru Royale - Cigar Review

Macanudo
Cru Royal
654 Toro
NOTES:
I
Toothy, veiny, lumpy, less-than tight-seamed. Roynish! Lo, performs admirably. Even draw and only slightest curvature of line. Cosmetics smooth as heated. Interesting sour-cream'd cedar plays along-side vanilla sweetness. Fennel. Soft black pepper'd floral notes. Succinctly, cedar/black pepper primaries. That don't do the blend justice, tho. Citrus-barnyard under-belly. Quite complex.

II
Under-belly gains a fusty attachment which doth soar tastefully. Burn-line self-corrects just shy a' perfectly. Cedar drives and sharpens independently of separating cream. Red piquancies through the nose. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper. Thems drop to buckwheat honey on the palate. Draw hesitates some, requiring puffsa' double/triple. Zaftig re-touch, purging. Hm.

III
Ash has built well, but now flowers/cracks a good bit. Draw fixes. Profile darkens, becomes weightier. Heavier grains and tobacco matures. That and peppers reign. Middlings are all other notes aforementioned, too huddle-some. Sun sets on under-belly. Becomes somewhat swampy and brackish. Tho not egregiously. Honey thickens and malts.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

WRAPPER: Ecuadoran Habano
BINDER: La Vega Especial (Dominican Republic)
FILLER: Dominican, Brazilian, Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
IN ADDITION:
www.Macanudo.com: "Using unique tobaccos that are exclusive to Macanudo, Cru Royale offers discerning premium cigar smokers an intriguingly flavorful, aromatic experience few other premium cigars can match."

This blend, in its 460 Poco Gordo garnered an 88 rating via Cigar Aficionado. Too, it appeared on their 2016 Best Buys list. Twice (June of 2011&14), did this Toro format score an 87.

JULES What'd they call it?
VINCENT They call it Royale with Cheese.

This Macanudo Cru Royale Toro is worth the buying. 
Thank-yous to my pals at Cigars City.

Thanks to what amounts to many days worth of IPCPR pre-game coverage, I ain't reviewed a cigar since Thursday's go at a Montecristo White Series. On the plus side, I did get a new pair of Fruit of the Loom navy blue sweatpants over that time-span. Tougher to match well than grey or black, but pair perfectly with the Cru Royal band.

Truly, everything's coming up Kap.