Here at Cigar World, we love maduro cigars. And if you’re reading this, you probably do as well! Or, maybe you’re new to the category and want to know more about maduros. Either way, you’re in the right place because we’re going to rattle off some of our favorite maduros that will delight beginners and seasoned cigar lovers alike.
First off, though, some definitions are in order. Just what makes a cigar a “maduro” can be a bit tricky to say for sure. That’s because the term “maduro” simply means “mature” (or “ripe”) in Spanish. As such, maduro tobacco leaves are left to grow on the vine longer than other types of tobacco. This gives maduro tobacco its distinctive dark brown color, rich, oily appearance, and bold –– often chocolatey –– flavor profile. Artisans can also create maduro cigars through unique fermentation processes as well.
Still, parsing out what is a true “maduro” as opposed to an “oscuro” (an almost black variety of maduro) or just a type of tobacco with a darker hue isn’t always easy –– even for an expert. So for this list, we will stick to cigars with the word “maduro” in the name. But enough preamble, let’s get to the picks!
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro
There’s a misconception that beginners shouldn’t try maduro cigars because they’re too strong. And while a cigar like the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro is a medium-to-full-bodied smoke, it also imparts notes of coffee, spice, and chocolate. The lesson here? Don’t be afraid to try a darker cigar like the Serie R Maduro because there’s a lot to love here!
AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes Maduro
Looking to explore more maduros but don’t know where to start? Then go with AJ Fernandez, one of the most trusted names in the cigar business. The Bellas Artes Maduro is blended by the master himself and features a Brazilian Matafina wrapper and a Mexican San Andrés binder –– so yeah, there’s plenty of flavor to go around.
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro
There are lots of highly-rated maduros out there (and on this list), but if you’re on the fence about giving the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro a go, just remember that it was named the #2 cigar of the year in 2016 by Cigar Aficionado.
The Wise Man Maduro (El Gueguense)
For the uninitiated, “Gueguense” is a derivative of the Nahuat word “Wewej” or “wise man.” And that’s fitting because it is loaded with Nicaraguan tobacco. Featuring hints of cocoa and rich coffee as well as an almost “meaty” quality, this is a fabulous cigar for those with an adventurous spirit.
CAO L'Anniversaire Maduro
Have a big occasion coming up? Then take a page from CAO’s book and celebrate with a maduro –– and a really enjoyable one at that. Perfect for the next wedding, birthday, or, yes, anniversary on your social calendar.
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