Cigar Reviews

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro Churchill

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This summer is flying by and finding time for cigar reviews has proven difficult. My mom and stepdad, Rick, are making the move from El Paso, Texas to Gladstone, Michigan, so my wife and I have been helping them settle into their new house. We are excited to have them here in the Upper Peninsula and I look forward to the cigars I will enjoy with my stepdad in the near future. A couple weeks back, I lit up the Amador Garcia Superior Natural and was surprised by how much I liked the cigar. With my appetite whet, I am ready to light up the Maduro version of the Amador Garcia Superior today for a full review.
Just over a year ago, Antonio and Rafael Garcia created the Amador Garcia brand. With deep family ties to the tobacco world and many years on the farms and in the factories themselves, it was only natural for the two cousins to branch out with their own cigars. According to Amador Garcia Cigars:
Our mission is to provide you with cigars of superior quality for your most precious moments. We are two cousins (Antonio & Rafael Garcia )who have been blessed with exposure to the art of premium tobacco cultivation and hand made cigar manufacturing from a very young age. As a result of this acquaintance with excellence, we are on a continuous journey to improve ourselves and the cigars we blend for you every day. By combining quality ingredients, years of expertise and never ending enthusiasm, the result is a cigar that surpasses the most stringent of expectations.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

The Amador Garcia Superior Maduro is the counterpart to the Superior Natural, switching out the Ecuadorian wrapper for a Mexican San Andres Maduro leaf. The cigars are produced in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with six vitola options: perla, petit corona, robusto, toro, torpedo and churchill.  Amador Garcia cigars will soon be available through their website, amadorgarcia.com, and are currently sold at major retailers in the Miami area.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

THE FACTS

Price: Unknown
Vitola: Churchill
Size: 7 by 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 40 Minutes

PRE-LIGHT

Wrapped in a Mexican San Andres Maduro leaf, the Amador Garcia Superior Maduro is medium brown in appearance with color variations running on both the lighter and darker end. The leaf is loaded with veins, scattered bumps, and a fine tooth. However, to the touch, the wrapper feels mostly smooth.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

Aromas of wet earth, manure, and chocolate are found on the  wrapper of the Superior Maduro, while wood and baking spices appear on the foot, much like the Superior Natural. I find the draw to be a bit snug as cold draw flavors of cinnamon and rich cedar greet my palate.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

FIRST THIRD

With the Amador Garcia Superior Maduro underway, flavors of pine, cocoa, and pepper are on the front end of the profile, followed by a bitter coffee on the finish. As I retro-hale the smoke, a sweet smoky wood flavor pulls through and I am surprised by the lack of spice. The cigar quickly builds in richness and a butterscotch sweetness joins in as this maddy burns perfectly with a striking white ash.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

MIDDLE THIRD

I do not find relief in the draw as I enter the second third of the cigar. The draw remains on the snug side and the smoke production seems to be lacking because of it. The coffee has moved from the finish and into the main profile, pairing up with the earlier flavors of pine and cocoa. A yeasty bread enters the mix and lingers on the finish as the smoke that started out thin is now chewy in the mouth.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

FINAL THIRD

A quick touch-up is required as I begin the last leg  of the Amador Garcia Superior Maduro. This is the only burn issue I have experienced in the cigar. The bread flavor is right in-line with the cocoa and coffee and the sweetness has diminished, while hints of pine appear every few puffs. Near the end, the cigar, for the first time, is a bit unbalanced and letting me know it is time to put the cigar down for its final rest.

Amador Garcia Superior Maduro

WRAP-UP

After being pleasantly surprised by the Superior Natural and being a fan of Mexican San Andres tobacco, my expectations were set high going into the Amador Garcia Superior Maduro. The cigar burned beautifully as a stunning ash formed until I made my way into the final third where a quick burn correction was needed. The draw from first light to final puff was on the stiff side, resulting in a lack of smoke production. Even with that said, the pine, cocoa, and coffee made for a nice combination of flavors and there were easily identifiable evolutions in the flavors as the cigar progressed. But I don’t think I was able to see all that this cigar has to offer due to the draw issue. Depending on the price point of these cigars, I may have to give this one another go around once the amadorgarcia.com store is up and running.

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

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