It isn’t about strong tobacco, per se, it’s about mature or ripe tobacco – that’s literally what “maduro” means. Unlike other leaf, maduro spends a lot more time fermenting,...
It isn’t about strong tobacco, per se, it’s about mature or ripe tobacco – that’s literally what “maduro” means. Unlike other leaf, maduro spends a lot more time fermenting, and contrary to what that deep dark color might have you thinking, the tobacco becomes more mild in the process. This is because nicotine and ammonia diminish, while starches in the leaf ferment and turn to sugar. The flavor of the smoke also becomes more sweet, making maduro a classic dessert smoke.
This is true with the La Palina Maduro (not to be confused with the La Palina Classic Maduro). The extra fermentation and aging have created a smoke with complex notes that include marshmallow, chocolate, and sour cherry. This, of course, is influenced by the rest of the tobacco in the blend. The full cigar is made from a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder, and a filler blend of Habano-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. It’s a very nice offering from La Palina and one with a special flavor profile that is pretty delicious.
Somewhere in Latin America, tobacco is bunched up and stacked into pilons (basically a big pile of tobacco bunches), which are covered and fermenting. Heat is accumulating and leaves are ripening to perfection, turning a rich, dark color and becoming sweeter with every passing day. The leaf may be taken out and rotated, and then restored to the pile in a new position. The result will be a wrapper leaf that flavorful and fully worthy of the name “maduro.”
Please browse our selection of La Palina Maduro Cigars at your leisure.