Baron de Rothschild
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Macanudos have made a name for themselves in the cigar world for their simple, mellow, and mild taste and aroma. However, the line has also become known for its ability to evolve in order to satisfy the changing preferences of the cigar-smoking population. Several innovations have made their way into this good old classic.
One of the really noteworthy changes has been the recent introduction of a more robust member of the Macanudo family, the Robust. This cigar offers a little more bite and tingle to those who smoke it. The Robust leans toward the medium-bodied and away from Macanudo’s creamy mildness.
The Macanudo Robust made its debut in 2003, offering some intriguing changes. Perhaps the most striking was the inclusion of an almost heretical use of a Connecticut-grown Piloto Cubano along with Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican in the filler. This added bit of Cuban heritage ensures a more muscular approach. To top this off, the wrapper in the Robust is a darker, more fermented natural leaf, lending additional strength to the overall flavor.
The Macanudo Robust starts off in a rather timid manner, with pervasive hints of cedar and slightly toasted grain. Keep smoking and don’t lose hope. As the burn continues, the flavor develops and releases a taste of molasses. In the final third of the cigar, more complexity emerges, giving hints of nutmeg, pepper, and even tea.
The Robust is a nice change from the relatively placid Macanudo you are probably familiar with. It provides enough stimulation to hold your interest but doesn’t overwhelm you if you have had one of those overly stimulating days.