Team Cigar Review: Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

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Cigar Details: Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: U.S. Broadleaf Claro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Condega
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto, Colombian, Nicaraguan ASP and Spain
  • Factory: STG Danlí
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $14.99
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Macanudo Emissary España Robusto is medium brown with some slightly darker marbling. There are some lightly raised veins present along with some fine toothiness. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being dark blue and gold and carrying the brand logo and line name. The foot band is an aqua blue and gold and denotes Espana. The aroma from the wrapper is a mild mix of earth and wood while the foot brings dusty earth with some cedar and breadiness. The pre-light draw brings a nice floral note with some cedar and stewed fruit sweetness.
Seth: Finished with a marbled wrapper, somewhere between Colorado and Colorado Maduro, the Macanudo Emissary España Robusto sports a few veins and is oily and silky in texture. Firm throughout, the cigar is rolled well. Aromas of rich earth, stone fruit, soft spices and leather. Some strong wood notes as well.
John: The Macanudo Emissary España Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information, which tears in half when opened. There is a primary Macanudo Emissary band in gold on black, along with a secondary foot band indicating España in gold on green. I weighed the cigar at 14.4 grams. The humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 61.3%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet chocolate, tobacco, bread and mild wood. Out of the foot, I was surprised to get maple syrup, tobacco and hay.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and a dull black pepper. At a quarter inch in, a construction paper note joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth with some black pepper in support. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper in the middle and construction paper in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with dry earth, hay and cocoa notes. Bits of herbal spice qualities present as well. Some meaty aspects are present towards the finish. Leather and minerals are present as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third gets going with sweet tobacco, light plus wood and dry wood on the finish and into the post draw. Some mossy earth joins the post draw after a slight delay. White pepper joins the end of the draw a few puffs later. Bread comes into the retrohale as the first third settles in. By half an inch in, there is an acidic center which manages to balance the flavor combinations. Bread intensifies to medium as the cigar continues, and brings the wood on the finish to medium strength with it. By the bottom half, the post draw is driven by wood, hay and tannins.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a creamy chalkiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar and earth become even up front. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper becomes very mild. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth, with light amount of the creamy chalkiness and construction paper. At an inch and a quarter, the pepper picks back up slightly. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the creamy chalkiness and construction paper in the middle and black pepper a bit further behind. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a continuation of the first third. Dry earth with some hay and cocoa qualities. Bits of herbal spices with some meat and leather. Again, medium in strength and body. Light, but has some flavors behind it that are beyond what you would get with a medium.
John: The second third kicks off with bread, sweet tobacco and a mildly tannic wood into the post draw. That profile remains stable until the halfway point where the wood takes on dryness and moves up to medium strength, lingering between each puff. The retrohale at the halfway point is an enjoyable bread and tobacco combination.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the profile is a continuation from the second third. At a half inch in, the creamy chalkiness departs. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with a bit of the construction paper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth remain even up front, with construction paper in the middle and black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first and second. Not much transitioning, but at least somewhat solid. Nice qualities present with the cigar. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco is my first impression here, with bread to follow and a medium tannic wood in the post draw. The wood moves up to the center of the profile which unfortunately pushes the bread down. By the bottom half of the third, some earth also comes into the finish.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, and the cigar went out once, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn had a wavy start to it, straightening by the one inch mark. It became uneven again through the second third, eventually requiring a touch-up to correct. The burn was straight for the remainder of the review.

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw initially was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 notches. That draw opened up to 1/2 to 1 notch roughly an inch into the first third which is where an ideal draw should be.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and a dull black pepper. A construction paper note joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw a creamy chalkiness join in. The final third saw the creamy chalkiness depart. The Macanudo Emissary España Robusto had a fairly average profile throughout. The drivers were the toasted cedar and earth with the other components providing support at various levels. It kept up with the homogenized tobacco profile I get from many STG cigars, and thus isn’t something that provides excitement to want to come back to.
Seth: The Macanudo Emissary España Robusto is not exactly the emissary I would go for if I was Espana, but it was solid overall, I guess. It was on the lighter side of the spectrum for strength and body, but it delivered some flavors that were a little bit fuller. Funky how the blend came out in that sense. Nicaraguan presence did not seem to hit with strength and body, but it did in flavors. Not sure if it is a blend that would speak to the US consumer but I’m curious how it would do internationally. This is a robusto or toro cigar. Nothing fancy.
John: The Macanudo Emissary España Robusto was one of the great surprises at the 2024 PCA in Las Vegas. Having smoked a show sample, I was eagerly awaiting my opportunity to review the released cigar. I am not disappointed, with restrained and balanced flavors throughout, this is a solid release in the Macanudo portfolio. The draw initially was slightly resistant but ended up in the ideal range, and the burn required a single touch-up to correct. I would happily smoke another Macanudo Emissary España Robusto again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 2 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
AverageSecond
Third
Good
AverageFinal
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AverageFinal
Third
Average
GoodBurnVery GoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawAmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverageOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$2.70

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.65

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$2.23

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Macanudo Emissary España Robusto

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