I recently smoked the Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro, a good cigar at a great price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro. This was a decent, A- cigar at a great value.
Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro
A Dominican cigar made with Dominican long-fillers, a Dominican binder, and a San Andrés Maduro wrapper, this was a delicious cigar.
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 fine. If it doesn’t irritate me, I generally don’t take off points.
Shrouded Crown Maduro’s Condition
The Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro was a beautiful, well-constructed cigar. It had some minor flaws, such as very distinct seam lines and rough areas at various places on the wrapper. Still, there was nothing to raise serious concerns.
Feel of the Cigar
This cigar felt flawless. It had just the right amount of give on the squeeze, had a perfect bounce back, and felt consistent throughout.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was sweet with hints of mint and subtler notes of hay mixed in.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Shrouded Crown Maduro
The Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro lit up with only minor difficulty. It had some stubborn spots on the foot that took longer to get going, but overall it was ok.
The draw on this cigar was perfect from beginning to end. It had just the right amount of resistance and yet was effortless throughout. It was the kind of draw you don’t have to think about at all.
On the retrohale, the Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro had hints of sweetness with cream and pepper. It was very smooth, which I like, but the flavors were so subtle that I couldn’t fully appreciate them.
Shrouded Crown Maduro’s Flavor
On the cold draw, the Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro tasted of mint. After the light, I tasted more mint and just a bit of spice. As with the retrohale, I found the flavors to be too subtle. The cigar was so weak as to be almost bland.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled sweet. The aroma was light, smooth, and subtle. Quite simply, the Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro smelled absolutely terrific.
The burn was too weak. I was never confident that the cigar could stay lit without constant attendance, which I hate. Nonetheless, it did burn evenly from beginning to end.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro left me feeling just fine with no adverse physiological effects.
Shrouded Crown Maduro’s Tobacco
The Shrouded Crown Maduro Toro showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Shrouded Crown Maduro Bonus Points
While not perfect, I did enjoy this cigar and smoked it for as long as I could, taking it right down to the nub. +1
Shrouded Crown Maduro Final Grade
Overall, this was a good cigar at a great price. $4.00 per stick is an excellent value for any cigar of this quality. However, I have found this cigar to be a bit difficult to find.
Final Grade: 90 / A-
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