Boutique Blends Cigars has been on maybe the biggest roll of any cigar company on the market today, releasing such heralded lines as Swag and Aging Room cigars. Since the original release of those two lines, several highly rated blends have followed, including the Swag SoBe, Aging Room Havao, and Aging Room Quattro. This year they created three new blends that were shown off at the IPCPR, one of which is the subject of our review today, the Aging Room Maduro. The Aging Room Maduro comes from a factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic called Tabacalera Palmas, a small factory that has taken the cigar world by storm with it’s work on the Boutique Blends projects. This was a project 6 years in the making and was slated to be the first release in the Aging Room lineup, however Raphael Nodal, head of Boutique Blends, felt the wrapper needed more time to age and thus the project was placed on hold. This year was the year he felt the wrapper was finally ready and production began on this exciting new line, so let’s get to the particulars and see what the Aging Room Maduro is all about.
Size: Rondo 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano
Price: $8.75/stick or $155.95/box of 20
Appearance: The dark chocolate colored wrapper that adorns the Aging Room Maduro is a beauty to behold. It is oily, rich and succulent looking, with some eye catching tooth from top to bottom. The red band with white writing and gold accents really stands out against the dark wrapper, making you notice the cigar when sitting on the shelf. The triple cap is neatly applied and the roll itself is seamless, a great sign of quality construction. The wrapper lacks any major veins and is just the right amount of spongy when lightly squeezed.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Aging Room Maduro brings a wonderful bouquet of scents to the nose, with the highlight being a sweet plum aroma. Behind the plum you will find a soft cocoa scent with some spice that tickles the nose and a hint of earthiness. The draw is open and easy once clipped and delivers a red pepper spice at the back of the throat with a powdered cocoa taste on the palate and lips. The combination of aroma and flavor really gets the mouth watering in anticipation for the cigar to be lit.
Lighting the Aging Room Maduro delivers big flavor right off the bat, with an earthy soil flavor taking over the palate. Under the layer of earth you will find a light cocoa sweetness while the fruit comes through on the finish. The retrohale provides the spice I was expecting from this Habano heavy blend, coming through as a sweet nutmeg spice that delivers an extra layer of complexity you would otherwise miss if you didn’t let some of the smoke through your nose. Strength starts in the medium-full area but by then end of the first third has hit the full-minus mark, definitely grabbing your attention. The burn line is a bit wavy yet not out of control and I let it correct itself as I burn through while the ash holds for around 3/4 of an inch before being tapped into the ashtray.
Into the second third and the earthiness of the first third has subsided, replaced with the fruity jam flavor as the forerunner. The nutmeg spice that I experienced in the nose has moved to the mouth while still being prevalent on the retrohale, creating a nice layer of flavors on the palate with each puff. There is also a light espresso taste that lingers on the tongue between puffs. Strength has definitely crept into the truly full bodied territory though it balances well with the abundance of flavor. The ash continues to hold just under an inch though the wavy burn of the first third is gone, straight as you can hope for this third.
The final third of the Aging Room Maduro brings a mocha coffee flavor to the finish, a delectable flavor that really brings the whole cigar together. The complexities of this blend are a wonderful roller coaster that hits every sensation on the tongue and through the nose, really coming together nicely in this final third. It is definitely a strong cigar, holding the full bodied mark through to the final nub, but balancing so nicely with the heavy dose of flavor from start to finish. I would have liked the ash to hold a little stronger but that would be my only downside to this cigar, and that is such a small point it really doesn’t factor into the enjoyment in the least. This is a hearty, rich, and delightful maduro that provides ample flavor and strength, and not one that anybody should miss. Be sure to call us at 800-669-7167 or click here to order your’s today.