In this instalment of our cigar wrapper guide series, we’re going to be taking a more in-depth look into the classic Maduro cigar.
When it comes to cigars, there are countless ways for us to categorise them, from size to brand and even colour and taste. But perhaps the easiest way to separate our favourite smokes is by the wrapper leaf itself.
That’s because wrapper leaves tend to fall into two separate classifications: Natural and Maduro. These are often noted by colour, with Natural being on the golden blonde or tan side and Maduro stretching to near-black.
Of course, these are two very broad classifications that can be split by leaves grown in particular regions and so on.
Right now, we’re going to be focusing on the Maduro wrapper.
What is a Maduro Wrapper?
From Spanish, Maduro translates to ‘mature’ or ‘ripe’. This is a good thing to note because Maduro refers more to the wrapper’s fermentation process than anything else when it comes to cigars.
Maduro wrappers are darker and maturer than other forms of wrapper tobacco.
What Colour Are Maduro Cigars?
As we’ve mentioned above, Maduro wrappers are more on the dark side, ranging from brown – such as Colorado Maduro, otherwise know as dark natural – all the way to the almost-black Oscuro Maduro, which translates to ‘dark’.
How dark the wrapper gets depends on the intensity of the fermentation process. To withstand this process, Maduro wrappers tend to be made of much thicker leaves. This creates a much oilier wrapper and seams that are more noticeable on the roll.
Maduro wrapper leaves also tend to be harvested from the top two-third of the tobacco plant where the leaves receive far more sun exposure.
How Do Maduro Cigars Taste?
Maduro wrappers tend to taste rich and sweet, with noted flavours ranging from chocolate to peppery.
But much like a classic Royce, all cigars are a sum of their parts. That is to say, the flavour of a cigar is affected by everything that went into making it.
The Tobacco Used for Maduro Cigars
It’s typical for Maduro’s to use much heartier tobacco. This is because heartier tobacco is likely to fare better throughout the intense process.
Where is Maduro Wrapper Tobacco Grown?
Where the tobacco is grown can also have a significant impact. This is because soil and climate are two factors that profoundly affect the taste of a cigar.
How Is Maduro Wrapper Tobacco Grown?
As we mentioned above, with Maduro wrappers, the plant gets full exposure to the sun. This is achieved by removing the flowers from the top of the plant.
As such, the plant will focus all of its energy on the leaves instead. The plant produces more natural oils and sugars that are paramount to a Maduro’s typically sweet taste.
How Are Maduro Wrappers Harvested?
As with the tobacco used, the leaves for the wrappers need to withstand the heavy fermenting process. So, the thicker, the better!
The leaves are typically taken from the top two-thirds of the plant. These leaves tend to have a more intense flavour and strength than the more mellow leaves that come from further down the stalk.
How Are Maduro Wrappers Processed?
The fermenting process involves naturally introducing heat and moisture to the cigar. This is a time-consuming process that can take years for certain types of cigars.
As such, a lot of patience and skill is required to ferment a Maduro cigar correctly.
How Strong are Maduro Cigars?
Darker doesn’t mean stronger! This is a common misconception, and new cigar smokers tend to shy away from Marudo’s based on colour alone.
The fact is, the same factors that affect the taste of a cigar also apply to strength.
Since Marudo wrappers are naturally sweet, they can take the edge off a blend that seems strong in a Natural wrapper.
How Much do Marudo Cigars Cost?
I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this by now, but it varies.
A lot is taken into account when pricing cigars. This includes, but is not limited to:
For example, a Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Maduro Cigar will cost you £9.50 for a single. However, a limited edition Gurkha Black Dragon will set you back £828 for just one.
Our advice is to always do your research before making any purchases to avoid disappointment.
Maduro cigars offer a and flavorful smoke that pair wonderfully with old cognacs. It is worth noting that Maduro cigars are slow-burning cigars and, as such, may not be the best choice for beginners.
Are you interested in trying a Maduro cigar? Find these and a range of other cigars in our store today!