It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro in the Grand Pressé size. This 6×56 box-pressed stick features a Honduran Natural Maduro wrapper covering a Brazilian binder and fillers from Honduras. It retails for $11.75.
Pre-light, the wrapper gives off a leather aroma, and I smell cocoa and earth out of the foot. The cold draw gives me light blueberry flavor. Once lit, I pick up spicy leather, rich cocoa, and earth. Through the nose, red pepper blends with cocoa and graham cracker. The finish offers black pepper and cocoa with an oily earth and leather combo.
After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up dark cocoa with clove and leather. Through the nose, I find graham cracker with a buttery cedar. The finish hits me with spicy plum notes on top of black pepper and oak. Strength settles in at medium-to-full.
An hour and ten minutes in, the second third wraps up. There is more cocoa on the draw with a vegetal earth on top of black pepper. The retro-hale gives me more buttery cedar with added cocoa. On the finish, leather and black pepper are the stars of the show. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third gets me to one hour and forty-five minutes. More delicious cocoa comes through on the draw with spicy cinnamon and black pepper. The retro-hale sees the return of graham cracker, and I also find grassy notes with spice. On the finish, there is more leather and black pepper with cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro Grand Pressé is an excellent cigar with loads of rich flavor. It delivers an impressive profile in its voluminous clouds of smoke and never gets boring. Construction is solid, and the price is reasonable. This is a must-try cigar that I highly recommend.