Team Cigar Review: Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto

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Cigar Details: Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Connecticut Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Mexico
  • Factory: HATSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.99
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Macanudo

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto is medium tan and has quite a bit of darker colors due to the lumpiness under the wrapper. There is a network of slightly raised veins and while the seams are smooth, they are easily visible due to a darker color on the edge of the leaf. The head is finished off with an adequately applied double cap. There are two bands that both carry a silver and black color combination. The primary band is the standard design for the line while the secondary band denotes the variation of this line. The aroma from the wrapper is dry hay while the foot brings some aged oak. The pre-light draw brings a lightly sweet cedar along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto has a light tan wrapper, with visible lumps throughout. It is double banded with a black on silver for the primary band, and silver on black for the secondary band. I was able to pick up aromas of sweet biscuit or bread on the wrapper. Faint, sweet cedar was present in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with what I can only describe as a slightly stale cedar, mustiness and black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper has a very long finish and lingers at the back of my throat. At three quarters of an inch in, the stale cedar has morphed into oak. The retrohale starts out with a decent black pepper zing and then relents to some musty oak. At an inch in, the black pepper finish has lightened up and is not irritating the back of my throat. At an inch and a half, the black pepper completely departs and the profile is just musty oak. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

My initial flavor impressions are light hay, cedar and faint light pepper finishing the draw and carrying into the post draw. Dry cedar comes through in the middle of the profile. Some time later, sweet biscuit comes through in the retrohale, and shortly after some creaminess. The retrohale continues to evolve as the first third progresses with mild cocoa joining the dry cedar in the middle. By the one inch mark, the light pepper has fallen off. Near the two inch mark, dry hay is detectable on the post draw. Sweetness begins to step up in strength as the first third comes to a close.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a bit of black pepper returns to the profile. At a half inch in, the oak gains a slight toasted note. At three quarters of an inch, a light, dry earth joins the profile. The retrohale is just musty oak. At an inch and a quarter, some char replaces the toasted note. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper leaves the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

Sweet cedar with mild hay accents are the flavor notes going into the second third. Pepper from the first third is undetectable by this point. There’s a mild biscuit and cocoa in the retrohale as it settles in.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the profile is charred oak, dry earth and mustiness. At a half inch in, the dry earth has a slight lead over the charred oak and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the char has increased. The retrohale is now young oak and mustiness. At an inch in, some bitterness has joined the charred oak. The cigar wraps up with dry earth, charred, bitter oak and mustiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

Dry cedar and hay take the cigar into the final third. Some lingering dry cedar with tannins on the post draw develop. In the bottom half of the final third, the profile becomes quite harsh and bitter.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy throughout, but never required any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn is very straight with 2.5+ inch ash that holds on well. Overall, the burn is quite slow and consistent.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with a slightly stale cedar, mustiness and black pepper. The cedar morphed to oak midway through and the black pepper dropped out before the third finished. Black pepper returns in the second third and the oak gained a slight toasted note and some dry earth joined in. Some bitterness joined the charred oak in the final third. Construction was very good and strength built from slightly below medium to slightly above. The Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto had an average start and maintained that level until the final third when the increased char and bitterness dropped things down a bit. The cigar was a bit out of balance to begin as well. While the price point is fairly attractive, it’s still not something I’ll likely return to.

Aaron
John
SubparPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
SubparFinal
Third
Average
Very GoodBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw is slightly towards the open spectrum, roughly 1/2 to 1 notch.

Overall

The Macanudo Inspirado Palladium Robusto was an enjoyable and pleasant smoking experience. Although, the final third didn’t have the same levels of complexity present in the first two thirds. Flavors included hay, cedar, pepper, biscuits, creaminess and cocoa. Overall, the strength never seemed to climb above medium minus and I feel like this cigar could appeal to a broad range of cigar smokers. Total smoking time was a nice, slow 2 hours and 22 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.70

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.32

Scoring System

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