SOURCE: Cigar Advisor

Cigar Advisor

February 22, 2016 11:42 ET

2016 CA Report: Top 12 Best Tasting Maduro Cigars

EASTON, PA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) - Cigar Advisor, the nation's premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down-to-earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. The newest article to be released is their "2016 CA Report: Best Tasting Maduro Cigars," authored by Managing Editor John Pullo. By culling a number of numerical "taste" scores from available cigar reviews online, he's listed the maduro wrapper cigars that rank as "best tasting" according to cigar enthusiasts who have smoked and rated them -- and noted the over 20 cigar highest-ranking selections that are finished in this specially-fermented wrapper.

"Taste is subjective," says Cigar Advisor Managing Editor John Pullo, "but when pretty much every person who smoked these cigars agreed that they tasted great -- that's impossible to ignore." Cigar Advisor's editors have written extensively about maduro and the process by which it's accomplished; and they've often noted that cigars finished with this more heavily fermented tobacco wrapper tend to be more intense in flavor, yet smoother to smoke with a certain set of expected flavors. Pullo says, "Maduro is not a type of wrapper leaf -- it's a color. Even though it's Spanish for 'ripe,' the term is now used to describe this type of cigar, whose color is actually achieved through fermenting the wrapper leaves at a higher temperature and for a longer time than other tobaccos suited for the same purpose." This, John says, is what brings out their flavor, and makes them desirable to many smokers: in a good maduro cigar, "You'll find an interesting spread of flavors, including a natural sweetness that can range from espresso and dark coffee bean to dark chocolate and cocoa flavors in the mix."

Certain tobaccos are better suited to this more vigorous fermentation, writes Pullo. "They're thicker, more durable -- and once fully cured, a real delight to smoke." The maduro examples he points out are Mata Fina and Arapiraca tobaccos from Brazil, Broadleaf (which is cultivated in many countries), and San Andres -- which originated in Mexico, but it now, too, is grown in a variety of locales.

To see the 20-plus cigar brands that ranked as the "best tasting maduro cigars," and to read more about the sampling methodology and the fermentation process that yields a maduro leaf -- go to

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