Thursday, November 13, 2008

El Titan de Bronze Gran Reserva Maduro

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This review is sponsored by Silo Cigars.

The El Titan de Bronze Gran Reserva Maduro was introduced in 2007 along with two other wrapper versions, an Ecuadorian Habano and a Cameroon. They are available in six sizes and come packaged in boxes of 25. This review is of the corona, which is a comfortable 48 ring gauge by 5.75 inches.

The tobacco used in the El Titan de Bronze Gran Reserva Maduro is a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, an Ecuadorian binder and a Nicaraguan Santo Domingo (Cuban seed) filler. The appearance of my Maduro corona was nothing to write home about. It's rustic looks are typical of what I've seen on other Brazilian Maduros. It's veiny and coarse looking. There were a few wrinkles here and there, as well as a few tiny water spots. Luckily, it does have a dressed up looking red, white and gold cigar band to improve it's presentation. Because the environmental conditions in my house are cold and dry, the wrapper did look a little pathetic. There was some noticable lifting along the seams and a tiny flap of the wrapper was lifted up. But I'm sure that was due to the lack of warmth and humidity.

The aroma of the cigar had heavy earthy and woody scents. It was usual smelling but not unpleasant. The pre-light draw was free and clear. Lighting the cigar was easy and the resulting body of smoke was nice and heavy. The flavor intensity was in the medium to full range.

The initial flavors started off with a nice dark coffee taste up front, followed by cedar and a nice caramel sweetness in the background. After several puffs, the coffee disappears and is replaced by a pleasant roasted almond flavor that takes over the body of the smoke, along with some hints of vanilla. I was actually surprised that the cigar tasted a lot better than it looked. The only negatives was the quickness of the burn and the "pencil lead" residue left in my mouth. Also, because of the apparent underfilling of the cigar, the flavors at times, seemed "airy" and hollow, with not a lot of depth. But this was noticeable for just a short period in the cigar.

The second third remained nutty, along with some cedar flavors which continued to build in strength as I smoked the cigar. The finish, which was short and toasty in the beginning, began to grow as well, to a nice long lingering taste in my mouth. The second third was not as sweet as in the beginning and the slight peppery tickle to my throat disappeared as well. The last third showed the same consistent taste, with deeper cedar flavors and a return of some sweetness for a nice show of balance to the blend.

Overall, the cigar had a pleasing taste which stayed smooth throughout despite being a fast burning cigar. The burn qualities were okay. The burn line was slightly un-even but didn't require any touch ups or re-lights. The ash formed was light gray in color and slightly flowery, but it held on until I tapped it off at the one inch point. I would recommend this cigar for those who like easy smoking medium bodied Maduros. For a cigar made by real Cubans in Little Havana Miami, I think it's a great value.

These cigars are available at Silo Cigars. You can call them for current prices and availability at 1-865-675-7456. They also sell the El Titan de Bronze Redemption, which is a fabulous full bodied cigar.

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