The Maldonado Dynasty Mogul (New Blend)
Maldonado Dynasty’s Mogul isn’t a stranger to the Casas Fumando site. Daniel had reviewed this bad boy in the past and now I bring you an updated cigar review with the new version of the blend.
The Good Stuff: By now, we should all be familiar with Paul and his Maldonado Dynasty. Not only does he make a great cigar, but Paul is an amazing individual who has supported us every step of the way. When he announced that he was joining forces with the boys over at La Aurora we couldn’t have been more pleased. Both are known for their vision, quality, and attention to detail. You can read more about the collaborative effort here.
Paul is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to any specifics on the Mogul’s blend. I really don’t know any of the specifics at all, but I do know the previous blend was composed of a Brazilian Ariparaca Maduro wrapper with Dominican Binder and Fillers so I can only imagine that those may remain the same. Paul eluded to an additional tobacco added to the new blend to finish of the blend and raise the strength. Regardless, it’s how the cigar preforms that matters and not what’s in it. The new Mogul comes packaged in boxes of 20 and will run $220 a box or $11 a stick.
Size: 4.75 x 54
Wrapper: unknown (Brazilian Ariparaca Maduro?)
Binder: unknown (Dominican?)
Filler: unknown (Dominican?)
Pairing: Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (Imperial Brown Ale 12% ABV)
Prelight: The Mogul carries a ridiculously beautiful wrapper. The wrapper leaf is very dark brown with lots of darker brown webbing, a few larger veins, and a few orangish patches. I love when you can really see the natural characteristics of the leaf. The wrapper’s texture carries some slight tooth, and lots of oils. It feels pretty dense too as it leads up to the round, double cap. The Mogul is then polished off with the exact same yellow/beige band with the Maldonado Dynasty crest as presented on the first rendition of the cigar. In comparison to the old blend, the only real difference in appearance is the wrapper seems to be a bit darker in color. That doesn’t mean much though as similar wrapper leaf will almost always differ in darkness. The band looks as though it may be a different shade in printing, but I think a lot of that has to do with the amount of oils the old blend has soaked up. You can see the comparison above. The new blend is on the left, older blend on the right.
The Wrapper on the Mogul gives off a whole ton of cedar and tobacco aroma while the foot of the cigar carries some pepper, spice, and more strong tobacco aromas. The cap took a bit of work to cut due to the density of the wrapper leaf, but it was nice and clean once it sliced through. The cold draw revealed some strong pepper, natural tobacco, and spice flavors.
First Smoke: Maldonado Dynasty’s Mogul started out with a nice pepper greeting. Once that began to fade back the cigar revealed a very bold dark chocolate with notes of cedar, spice, and coffee. The draw is spot on kicking out tons of thick, white smoke. I was impressed with the just how thick the smoke was. It would just sit in from of my face as a huge cloud before slowly dissipating. The burnline is a bit wavy, but nothing too concerning leaving behind a very dark grey, flaky ash which held on for about an inch before falling into my ashtray.
Halfway There: As I jump into the second third of the Maldonado Dynasty’s Mogul, a really interesting tartness has begun to show it’s face in the flavor profile. As the tartness increases the cedar and spice mellow out leaving the dark chocolate and espresso running the show. The retrohale was way more stout than I was expecting coating my nasal passage with a very strong pepper and cedar. The burnline is still slightly wavy, but I haven’t had to pull my torch out yet while I am actually feeling a little bit of nicotine as I close out the second third.
Finish: Into the final third of Maldonado Dynasty’s Mogul and the flavors haven’t really switched up. The cigar is still very heavy on the dark chocolate and espresso with cedar, and spice notes. The black pepper did show back up a bit in the final third, but it remained on the mild side. It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to take this cigar down to the nub. I experience no real heat issues or harshness as I closed it out. I also never had to pull my torch out of my pocket despite the early on waves. The Mogul left me with a little nicotine kick, but nothing too bad.
Overview: Paul mentioned that the new blend is just slightly tweaked adding more strength and a more refined edge to the Mogul blend, and that pretty much sums it up perfectly. While I enjoyed the first version of the Mogul, it seemed to be lacking just a certain something that the new blend really polished off. The Mogul isn’t overly complex, but it did manage to keep my attention all the way through. The construction was flawless, and the flavor profile was solid. I would have liked to see a bit more complexity in there, but that’s just my pain in the ass opinion. The other thing is the price. $11 is really pushing it for a Robusto, but this is what you need to expect from more boutique blends. It’s become the norm and quite honestly the price tag fits right in which what I would expect this cigar to cost. This is a solid cigar that I’d keep a few around of, but I won’t be doing mass box purchases of.
Pairing: Holy Pairing Batman! This is the perfect example on how the perfect pairing can add so much to the experience. Dogfish Head’s Palo Santo Marron is the epitome of a perfect brown ale. Coming in at a massive 12% abv this beer isn’t for the faint of heart. The Palo Santo Marron leads in with some really strong berry, malt, and chocolate while finishing very sweet with some nice oaky notes, spice and a slight tartness. See where I am going with this? The Chocolate, malt, and spice paired brilliantly with the Mogul while the berry and sweetness added a whole new layer of greatness to the experience. I know that Palo Santo Marron is one of my go to beer pairings as it goes well with almost any stronger/bolder cigar but this pairing in particular knocked it out of the park.