Brand: Macanudo Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Toro 6×54 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $6.79 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
When you know absolutely nothing about a cigar, as was the case with this Macanudo Cru Royale, it is impossible not to use the label to gather an initial impression. The “Cru”, as this cigar demanded that I refer to him as, comes in with a very understated wrapper that seems to blur the line between high end and low end.
What We Liked:
My expectations of the Cru Royale could have not have been lower. I was gifted the cigar as part of this sampler in my Christmas stocking…by my MOTHER IN LAW. No way does this have any right to be a quality stick. Tell ya what, my expectations were dead wrong.
Right from the light, I picked up a bit of spice and sweet earthy flavors. I was concerned that the spice would start to overpower the other flavors, but after an inch in, the spice subsides and gives way to coffee flavors, while still retaining the earthy flavors from the start. Towards the end, the spice picks back up but never gets too overpowering for my tastes.
Cut with a punch and lit with matches, it was effortless to draw tons of thick, white smoke that filled the palate. The Habano leaf wrapper held on tight and allowed for a solid, even burn the whole way through.
What We Didn’t Like:
Being decieved. Where did you come from Macanudo Cru Royale!? Why don’t I see more people smoking you!? There isn’t a whole lot to dislike here unless you vehemently detest affordable deliciousness with a hint of spice.
Should You Buy/Try It:
Yes, absolutely. I have yet to check my local B&M for prices on these things, but judging from the internet, they should be very affordable. It isn’t often that you find a lower-end cigar that surprises you in a positive way. I will be picking more of these up in the future, and now I need to make sure to try other cigars by Macanudo.
Interested in trying the Macanudo Cru Royale? You can purchase it here.