It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out The Wise Man Maduro by Foundation Cigar Co. This is a new cigar for 2017 and a follow-up to the company’s original release, El Gueguense. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 5 5/8 x 46 slightly box-pressed cigar. It features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper concealing Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. MSRP comes in at $9.90.
On the cold draw, there is a distinct chocolate and raisin flavor. The wrapper offers a nutty leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nutty chocolate. Through the nose, the chocolate flavor becomes darker with creamy coffee. On the finish, black pepper and cocoa take the lead with underlying leather.
The first third closes out at twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up creamy cocoa with black pepper. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with light black licorice. The finish offers me cocoa alongside a dark coffee and more black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
Fifty-five minutes in, the second third wraps up. The cocoa on the draw has lost its creaminess, and I pick up more black pepper. On the retro-hale, dried fruit peeks through with additional black licorice. The finish gives me more cocoa and coffee with notes of charred cedar. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. Cocoa dominates the draw with underlying black pepper. There is nutty cedar and black licorice through the nose. On the finish, cocoa takes over muting out any other flavors – but that’s not a bad thing. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Wise Man Maduro is a phenomenal cigar. It offers a good deal of complexity with very enjoyable, bold flavors. Construction is spot-on with huge clouds of smoke and a razor-sharp burn. This is a must-try cigar that I highly recommend. I’ll call it now – this thing will be on many top 25 lists for 2017.