(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)
Brand: Nat Sherman
Line: Metropolitan Maduro Selection
Vitola: University (Toro) 6 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Box Price: $80.08 (Box of 25)
Last week, I reviewed the Nat Sherman Metropolitan Selection. To round out the Nat Shermans, I bring you its darker Sicilian cousin — or, in this case, its Connecticut Broadleaf-wrapped cousin — the Metropolitan Maduro. (Thanks to Mike from Nat’s.)
Pre-light, the cigar was as subtle as its cousins. It smelled a touch spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. In fact, I was struck by its sweetness. Upon lighting up, I noticed hints of cinnamon and oak, but as I progressed through the cigar, it got a bit peppery. But for a Broadleaf, I wasn’t hit in the face. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised; it is a Nat Sherman.
Like the other Nats, the construction was quite good. With Broadleaf wrappers, I’ve found, I’ll sometimes get uneven burns. The Maduro burned evenly and didn’t go out once.
Verdict: Like the Metropolitan and Host selections, the Maduro is consistent throughout. It’s not overly complex, and its sweetness enhances the taste, rounding out the sharpness you would expect from a maduro. But if you like your cigars dark, this one is not for you. It would be a good beginner’s stogie, however.
Similar cigars: I’d compare this to the Occidental Reserve Double Maduro.