Flor de Cano Magicos Regional Edition España Cigar Review
| 2017-05-08T23:21:41+00:00 Last updated: January 7th, 2022|
Flor de Cano Magicos Regional Edition España Cigar ReviewCharles-Philippe2022-01-07T00:38:25-05:00
We recently received a box of Flor de Cano Magicos, the latest Spanish regional exclusive Cubans, from Montefortuna. In this article, you will discover the Flor de Cano Magicos, which we will review in detail using the following considerations:
La Flor de Cano Magicos is a Spanish Exclusive that is somewhat similar to the Gloria Cubana Serie D No. 5 that was released a couple of years ago. Indeed, it’s the same in format as a 4.5 by 52.
I’d like to give you a little bit more information about the specific terroirs that were used, but as we know, Cuba can be quite elusive. Whereas New World cigars, which consists of Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, tends to be a little bit more open about where they source their tobacco.
In terms of construction, we’re looking at something that is nice and evenly constructed. It has been stored in a Boveda acrylic humidor for the last few weeks to ensure that it has been properly acclimated in preparation for a review.
Overall, we’re looking at a nice straight construction, a little bit bumpy, not too artisanal or rustic in appearance. No real visible veins, quite firm in terms of resistance. As for the colour, we’re looking at a cinnamon stick shade of brown.
The oils have got a nice sheen. It looks like it’s been aged nicely for a while before it was shipped. The veins aren’t too coarse and it’s quite refined. In terms of aroma, as stated in the review formula above, I was getting cherries, raisins, and a little bit of tonka bean.
Draw: Some Resistance
Aromas: Cinnamon, Dried Earth, Barnyard
With regards to the dry draw, the pre-lighting experience, I found the burn to be quite nice, quite open, and not too open. There was slight resistance, less than most Cuban cigars.
In terms of the aromas that I got on the dry draw, it was similar to cinnamon, a bit of dried earth, and a little barnyard, which is a nice way of saying horse poo.
1st Third Smoking Experience
Notes: Copper, Pine, Cinnamon
In the first third I was getting a little bit of cinnamon, as I noticed in the pre-light. Some copper, this kind of metallic flavour, which is very pleasant, and pine. So toasted pine cones, I’d say, something along those lines.
2nd Third Smoking Experience
Notes: Cherries, Tonka Bean, Cedar
In the second third there was a little fruitiness that I would relate to cherries, tonka bean again and a little bit of cedar.
Final Third Smoking Experience
Notes: Toasted Cedar, Chocolate, Suede Leather
As for the final third, I experience toasted cedar. When I lit the cigar, I use a cedar spill, and it’s reminiscent of that kind of aroma. Additionally, there’s some chocolate, not too dark yet definitely not milk. Overall, somewhere around the 60% mark, and suede leather.
Normally you talk about leather as being a potential fragrance or an aroma in a cigar. Here, it was light. It had this lovely fluffy texture if that makes any sense whatsoever.
The complexity had this nice evolution, a nice lifecycle. In terms of the mouthfeel, you can expect something that’s smooth. It’s got a nice velvety texture. A little bit tart I’d say, overall, but pleasant enough. Nevertheless, it definitely needs a drink to accompany it.
In terms of palate stimulation, I found that it was quite balanced on the tongue. There was some stimulation on the sides, at the rear, and on the tip of the tongue.
As for the finish, I found that it wasn’t fleeting, but it didn’t last for very long. Some of the flavours endure around half an hour, maybe a little longer, but nothing extreme. In terms of the residual scent, the aroma it leaves in the room, I found it to be quite pleasant.
Ash Backbone: Reasonable
Burn Angle: Slightly Wavy
Draw: Some Resistance
Final Smoking Time: 55 Minutes
As for the burn and the combustion I had a couple of issues that needed touching up. Nevertheless, I found it to be surprisingly straight for a Cuban cigar. Indeed, it displays a nice straight razor-sharp burn with a little thickness to it.
The draw was astounding. It has a little bit of resistance but not too much. The angle was wavy at times but mostly straight. Meanwhile, the temperature provides a nice, cool smoke.
As for the backbone, it had a nice ash of about half an inch at the beginning but this plopped off unceremoniously in my lap. Generally, it holds itself quite well so you could get some nice little stacks going if you wanted.
Box, Presentation & Experience
Finally, with regards to the overall experience, I really liked the band on the Flor de Cano. They’re going for the old style of band, which is an almost defunct brand now that only produces regional exclusives. Indeed, I’m fond of the retro vibe that it displays.
As for the box, we’re looking at a classic wooden cedar box. It’s cedar plywood but it’s well-made overall. It comes with all the trimmings inside, which includes the certification as well as a nice separator that I broke immediately as I love using cedar spills to light my cigars.
In terms of value, a box is valued at 130€ in Europe and around $139 in the USA. You can easily purchase one through Montefortuna Cigars.
Ideal Pairings With Flor de Cano Magicos
We don’t actually attribute any scores to pairings, but we do like to use it as an exercise to think of how we could accord the cigar as well as the circumstances we can enjoy it. In terms of meal, I would definitely consider having this with white meat.
Something like veal would be wonderful. For instance, veal ribs that have been barbecued on a wood fire would be excellent.
Pretzels would also be great for a nice little snack, something a little bit salty. However, avoid something that’s too salty given that it’s quite a dry experience.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for something sweet I’d say some praliné chocolate would be absolutely wonderful. The hazelnut and chocolate that would really extend the more spicy and caramelized flavours of the cigar.
For beverages, I would probably go for a Caol Ila, or a similarly lightly peated whisky. Otherwise, without being influenced by the name, a Flor de Caña 18 would be excellent.
The reason I say this is I wouldn’t go for a Diplomatico is that it’s a little bit too sweet. Meanwhile, Flor de Cana has a much more natural bouquet, which would probably be more beneficial for producing a harmonious accord.
Otherwise, if you want something nonalcoholic, a latte cafe would be great as it’s quite creamy in terms of the texture.
Wrapping up this review, I’ve given this cigar 79 out of a 100 using the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula. I realize that doesn’t sound like much, especially when you consider the majority of other publications and their scoring systems. However, for us this is actually an equivalent of a high four-star review.
Indeed, it’s an excellent cigar. It pairs well with a number of dishes, it has a nice evolution to, and is an overall pleasant experience that can be enjoyed if you have only a little bit of time to spare.
Given that it’s just being released now and it’s a limited release throughout the year, it’s one to grab hold of and maybe age for a while in your humidor.
"An enjoyable Cuban blend if you only have a short amount of time to enjoy a quality cigar."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★
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