I recently smoked the Macanudo Cru Royale, which I have reviewed below. This content uses referral links.
A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Macanudo Cru Royale. Most of the cigars I get from Cigar of the Month are excellent, but this was mediocre at best. Plagued by persistent issues with the burn, I could never really enjoy it.
A Dominican cigar with a blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian filler, a Dominican binder, and an Ecuadorian Habano leaf, the Macanudo Cru Royale had all the makings of a great cigar. Unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with scotch. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was well done. It was detailed, simple, and eloquent.
Condition of the Macanudo Cru Royale
As you can see in the picture, the Macanudo Cru Royal had a very bumpy appearance. There was nothing smooth about it.
It was plagued by lumps and unevenness. It was also too veiny for a premium cigar. It was nonetheless somehow still a beautiful cigar with a nice, dark oily sheen.
There was a lot of wasted potential here.
Feel of the Wrapper
The wrapper was firm but uneven and inconsistent throughout.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was smooth with hints of nut, chocolate, and maybe leather.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
The Macanudo Cru Royale lit up easily and without issue.
The draw was too easy. No one likes a really tough draw, but a little bit of resistance is good. I suspect the cigar was packed too loosely, which may explain the significant issues I had with the burn.
Overall, though, it was fine, if not perfect.
Flavor of the Smoke in the Nose
The Macanudo Cru Royale had flavors of nut, licorice, and perhaps cocoa in the nose. It was, however, too strong and abrasive in my sinuses.
Here, I was not impressed.
Flavor of the Smoke on the Palate
The Macanudo Cru Royale had a strong nutty flavor with a hint of spice (or perhaps cinnamon).
It was a full-bodied cigar but not particularly strong. It was delicious, even if it was nothing to write home about.
The Aroma of the Smoke
The cigar smoke had hints of cinnamon and maybe chocolate. The smoke was a bit strong, though, and a bit abrasive, so it was hard to distinguish the peculiarities in the aroma.
The burn was just awful. It burned unevenly throughout, and I had to relight it and touch it up multiple times.
The ash was too loose and fell without warning. This was disappointing.
Bodily Sensation From the Smoke
The cigar gave me a light nicotine high feeling, which I don’t like. I know this is subjective, as some people like this feeling. I, however, seek out cigars that merely leave me mellow and relaxed.
The high from this cigar, however, wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t what I prefer.
No Loose Tobacco
The Macanudo Cru Royale showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Overall, this was a mediocre cigar. The taste was good, but the draw was too loose, and the burn caused me trouble throughout the entire smoke. At about $6.80 per cigar, it’s not an incredible value, either.
Final Grade: 74 / C
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I don’t like every cigar I receive, as this review clearly indicates, but most are excellent. And, even the cigars I try and don’t like help me narrow down my tastes and refine my palate.
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
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