A few months ago I was able to sample one of C&C’s new bundled cigars, designed for the connoisseur, but retailing at an everyman price. Now that their dealings with Cusano and Davidoff have been firmly planted in the proverbial rearview, it’s been Joe Chiusano’s desire to create a really excellent vitola that retails for nearly a paupers price. We here at Cigar Brief were absolutely blown away by the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that the C&C brand has to offer. However, it looks like they saved the best for last with their release of their latest entries, the simply titled Maduro, Corojo and Connecticut. The first two began shipping just recently while the Connecticut is set for a late November release. Their new premium additions to their already successful stable may seem like more of the same, but trust me when I say there is a striking difference between their recently released, discounted Roll Back line and their new premium creations. Initially, it was C&C’s intent to create only one special premium cigar called the LRMD or Limited Release Maduro. However, during the blending process the designers stumbled across some unique and interesting concoctions that eventually resulted in the creation of the Corojo and the Connecticut. Tonight, I smoked the LRMD and I have to say that you would be hard pressed to find a better stick for the same price. Just like their lesser priced brethren, the C&C premiums are nearly flawlessly constructed allowing for a good draw with little to no corrections required during its entire burn. All of the premiums are handmade in the Dominican Republic and the Maduro is as Dominican as it gets. With a Dominican Maduro wrapper and both Dominican binder and filler, this puro is a D.R. fans dream. The smoke was rich and full with a strong earthy note that was prevalent throughout its entirety. Don’t expect too much in the complexity department, but rather prepare yourself for a consistently balanced and well executed experience. The LRMD also had a mild and subdued sweetness that clearly came from the Maduro wrapper, one detail which C&C is very proud of. According to C&C “The wrappers curing process allows it to retain its natural sweetness. The wrapper’s color is all natural, no dye or oil added.” Clearly this one is a no-brainer, retailing at around $4.XX per stick while combining consistent quality and construction, what more could you ask for?!!!
Sizes: 5 x 50 (Robusto), 6 x 52 (Toro), 7 x 50 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Dominican Maduro
Strength: Medium to Full