It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Ceron Maduro in the Escudero size. This 5×50 Robusto features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Dominican binder, and Piloto Cubano, Criollo 98, and San Vicente fillers. It retails for $8.99.
On the cold draw, I pick up light cinnamon and cocoa. The wrapper produces a rich leather and cinnamon aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I get distinct earth and coffee alongside cocoa. Through the nose, I find cinnamon with earth and coffee. The finish gives me more coffee with black pepper spice and leather.
Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up leather and cocoa. Through the nose, toast and coffee make a pleasant appearance. Cinnamon blends with cocoa on the finish alongside black pepper. Strength settles in at medium while body sits at medium-to-full.
The second third gets me to forty minutes. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with the addition of cinnamon. There is no change to the retro-hale. More cinnamon hits me on the finish with oily leather and earth. Strength and body are now both at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third wisps away at one hour. There is a bomb of cocoa on the draw paired with black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up the same flavors with added spice. More cinnamon and leather come through on the finish alongside coffee. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Ceron Maduro is a good smoke. It’s got some nice flavors, although, it isn’t super complex. Being a Dominican cigar, I was very pleased with the absence of the classic “Dominican twang” flavor I tend to despise. I definitely recommend giving it a shot and look forward to the future of this new company.