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 1997 Vintage Maduro had people in awe not just because of this inaugural Maduro Vintage, but also the curious metal bands that they boasted. This new frontmark for General Cigars, as well as the first maduro Vintage line; was blended and developed by Edmundo Garcia the Tobacco Operations Manager for General Cigars. The wrapper is a thirteen-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf, married to a Honduran binder, and Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan tobacco filler. Constituting a five country blend, across a current total of two faces, a 6×49 Perfecto/Diadema and a 6×54 Toro; as for the band, it’s a patent pending concept band intended to determine if a cigar is too humidified and thus the band will not move, under humidified thusly allowing the band to slip off effortlessly, or just right as noted by slight resistance when attempting to adjust the placement of the band. For now these special bands will be available only for the next few months, and will then be replaced by traditional paper bands. These particular releases of Vintage Macanudo are currently being released in twelve count display boxes in two tiers of six.



The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is presents multiple veins, is slightly oily, and tawny brown in color. The wrapper smells of anise, cedar, coffee Cubano, espresso, mesquite, oregano, paprika, saffron, and tarragon. The wrapper tastes mildly of cedar, 75% cacao, fennel, hickory, leather, licorice, nutmeg, and thyme; the draw is smooth and tight



The toasted foot smells of anise, butter cream, caramel, cedar, cocoa, espresso, ginger, hickory, mocha, nutmeg, thyme, and white peppercorns.



Upon lighting the foot I’m met with hints of anise, chicory, chili peppers, cocoa, fennel, oregano, paprika, and thyme. The ash is flaky, salt & pepper in complexion, and bands in two millimeter bands; the smoke is bone white in color.


The draw is quite cool, the smoke off of the nose smells of butter cream, cedar, clay, fennel, mocha, and tarragon.



Based upon the notable cone on the foot from the recently tapped ash is indicative of the presence of ligero in the tri-country filler.


Approximately three quarters of an inch and thirty-eight minutes in, the flavors pick up on both the nose and palette with hints of anise, butter cream, 72% cacao, caramel, cedar, chicory, cocoa, coffee Cubano, espresso, hickory, mahogany, mocha, oak, thyme, and white peppercorns.



Every so often the foot will canoe and then proceed to level out; the ash at forty-seven minutes in begins to band in one millimeter bands at the four inch mark.



The body of the ’97 Maduro Toro lies at medium-full, and the strength is mild-medium; at the three and half inch and one hour mark a noticeable canoe takes hold.



Here at the three and a half inch mark the flavors embolden with hints of 75% cacao, chicory, cracked black peppercorns, hickory, mesquite, peat, tarragon, and white peppercorns. Also at this mark the cigar is truly heating up, so much so that the duplicitously ornamental and humidity gauging band is conducting the heat away from the head which is relatively cool to the touch.


Around an hour and a half in at two and a three quarter inch mark the flavors begin to sweeten and mellow out with hints of apricots, butter cream, cocoa, espresso, mocha, oak, and white chocolate.



With ample age these cigars will be quite pleasant, more so than they are now.



Purchased from for 6.07$ before shipping on September 13th, and arrived on September 17th.