To create a fine Maduro, you need high quality tobacco and rich soil, but the final key ingredient is more humble. It’s something everyone has: time. To take a tobacco leaf from green to a rich brown takes lots of time and careful attention to detail.
The first step is curing, which takes about a month. Leaves are hung in a barn (usually a closed barn, for wrapper leaf). There, the leaves’ moisture evaporates and their natural sugars are released. Once the edges curl and the color has gone from green to yellow to orange to brown, it’s time for fermenting. This can take many months, and this is where Maduro leaf separates from tobacco that will be used in different ways.
Leaves are piled into “bulks” or “pilons,” where they ferment. This process releases heat and moisture, and helps the tobacco develop its characteristic aroma, flavor, and color. It also gets rid of a cigar’s natural ammonia content, which no one wants to smoke. After enough rounds of rotating and bulk fermenting have taken place, the leaf is rich and sweet with a dark brown color. It is “mature,” or as they say in Spanish, “maduro.” Do the process even longer and you’ll get an oscuro.
Rafael Nodal found his desired wrapper leaf for the Aging Room Maduro and aged it several additional years to get the flavors and sweetness just right. It’s unclear whether this is a Nicaraguan wrapper or whether the company has changed to a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. The binder and filler, however, are definitely Dominican. In any event, the smoke is medium to full body, and provides the wonderful flavors of dark chocolate, leather, and coffee bean as core notes. It’s a fine smoke that was well worth the wait.
Please browse our selection of Aging Room Maduro cigars at your leisure.