From it’s initial debut at the 2010 IPCPR show in NOLA (New Orleans) this year hailing as one of many new of the releases by General Cigars, the Macanudo Crü Royale are the brainchild frontmark of cigar legend Benji Menendez and were initially slated to be a new line for Partagas. However, as luck would have it, Benji opted to make the Crü Royale’s a Macanudo line. This four faced frontmark starts off with a Sungrown Ecuadorian Habano Seed Rosado wrapper, bound with a La Vega Especial (Dominican Republic) binder, and a three country blend filler composed of Brazilian Mata Fina’s, Dominican & Nicaraguan Ligero and Viso’s. The faces being the 6×60 Gigante, 6.5×42 Lonsdale, 5×50 Robusto, and a 6×54 Toro.

The bands on these are dark blue on the wings of the band, baring the Macanudo shield/coat of arms on a silver leaf background at the centerpiece of the band.

The Crü’s most notable aspect is the triple cap on the head. The wrapper tastes of anise, cinnamon, ginger, mesquite, nutmeg, and thyme. The draw is quite easy; from an aesthetic point of view, the wrapper is practically flawless, with only one pronounced vein.

The toasted foot smells of caramel, cocoa, cream, espresso, ginger, Madeira, mesquite, oak, sea salt, and white chocolate.

From the lit foot come hints of anise, bell peppers, 72% cacao, cedar, coffee Cubano, cream, fennel, hickory, mahogany, oak, peat, and white peppercorns. The ash rings in one to two millimeter bands, and bares a salt & pepper complexion. The smoke is bone white in color, and smells of chicory, espresso, jalapenos, mahogany, and thyme.

Due to easy draw, the cigar burns rather warmly; however the ash on the other hand is both uniform and quite solid. The oily nature of wrapper has given way to a canoe at the five-inch and thirty-minute mark.

The significant cone on the foot leads to the presence of an immense amount of ligero in the tri-country filler. At the forty-five minute and four inch mark there are hints of butter cream, cedar, cocoa, espresso, hickory, mesquite, mocha, oak, peat, tarragon, sea salt, sugar cane, and white peppercorns.

I discern that the body lies more towards medium-full than the stated medium and the strength too is medium-full.

The now sizable canoe refuses to abate, as the Toro approaches the three inch mark at the base of the canoe, whereas at the top of the foot rests half of an inch higher at the apex.

At fifty-five minutes in at the two and a half inch mark, the Crü really heats up and so too do the flavors, yielding hints of anise, butter cream, cedar, chicory, coffee Cubano, fennel, leather, mahogany, mesquite, mocha, peat, saffron, sea salt, white chocolate, and white peppercorns.

The canoe has begun to subside; and the cigar itself is beginning to cool down to the touch, though is still quite hot from the draw to the tongue.

I have noticed that these are even more flavorful when they savored by means of dry boxing rather than being humidified (the latter of which occurred with this cigar).

The Crü Royale’s much akin to the 1968’s take Macanudo to a new realm of cigar-dom as they depart from the bland nature of the Cafe, Gold, Maduro, and Robust frontmarks. These are not your father’s Macanudos; they are in a league entirely of their own. Benji Menendez has truly revolutionized the name Macanudo, as they are impeccable and sultry.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike (20852) on October 15th, for 6.95$ before tax.