One of General Cigars newest releases is the Dunhill Aged Maduro. The aged Maduro joins the ranks of the Aged lines which Dunhill have been slowly adding too since taking over the brand. The Dunhill Aged Maduro is a bit of a different beast when you consider most Dunhill cigars are a bit on the milder, more modest side, the Aged Maduro aims for a bold, more prominent profile. The blend starts with a Sun Grown Ligero Maduro Wrapper from and undisclosed county, Nicaraguan filler, and a mixture of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos.
The Dunhill Aged Maduro is a full production blend which is composed of 3 sizes: the Marevas (5 1/8 x 42), the Short Churchill ( 5 1/2 x 54), and the Short Robusto (4 x 54). Each comes packaged in boxes of 10 running between $9.45 and $11.95 a stick.
Size: 4 x 54
Wrapper: Sun Grown Ligero Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan / Dominican
The Dunhill Aged Maduro carries a very, very dark brown, almost black wrapper which is not only consistent in color, but about as dark of a cigar as I have ever seen. The wrapper carries a great amount of tooth, a few larger veins, and a decent amount of oil. The wrapper is very thick, and dense, and incredibly hard. The Dunhill Aged Maduro is capped off with a round double wrapped cap. The cigar is polished off with a nice elegant red, white, and gold band. The wrapper on the cigar gives off a whole mess of bold cocoa and espresso aromas while the foot of the cigar is a bit more subtle carrying lots of spice and natural tobacco scents.
The burn on the Dunhill Aged Maduro is razor thin and dead even. The ash is probably one of the most solid, consistently packed ashes I have seen lately holding on for about and inch before falling off with a loud thud into my ashtray. The burn was consistent through entire experience. I never once had to reach for my torch to either touch up or relight. The cigar burned very fast, this short robusto took a little less than an hour to take down and I experienced no harshness, nor extended heat even into the final inch.
The Dunhill Aged Maduro started out with a huge pepper boom that I wasn’t entirely expecting. The pepper hung around for quick some time, but as it begins to settle loads of cocoa, espresso, and pecan sneak their way through the flavor profile. As I venture through the cigar the espresso takes over and there is a bit of sweetness introduced, but not enough to really balance out the smoke. I think a larger format would probably be a better choice for this cigar.
I went into the Dunhill Aged Maduro with the assumption that it was just going to be another solid, classic maduro. I was pleasantly surprised. The choice to use bolder, strong tobaccos really made this cigar unique in comparison to what I expect from Dunhill. The flavors are great, and keep in theme with the boldness of them, I just wish there was a bit more complexity. All in all this is a great cigar, and I really want to see how some of the other formats preform.
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