Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

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Cigar Details: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

  • Vitola: Churchill
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran
  • Binder: Honduran Azacualpa and Olancho
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: Tabacos de Oriente
  • Blender: Maya Selva
  • Price: $24.50
  • Release Date: October 2023
  • Source: Maya Selva

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 is light brown and has some raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the head is well finished. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the line, but having the sub line noted on it in red text. There is a foot band that runs almost halfway up the cigar and is red and gold, with an image of a dragon and denotes the sub-line and year. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and light earth while the foot brings musty cedar and hay. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar and black tea.
Seth: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 is a nice looking cigar. Big cigar. Wrapper has a classic Natural coloring, and there are small veins throughout. Silky in texture, it has this faded soft brown color. The cigar has a nice firmness and it has a strong aroma of seasoned wood, barnyard, soft spices and tobacco.
John: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker attached to the back of the cellophane to remain intact when opened. The cigar has a primary Flor de Selva Año del Dragón band along with a large foot band covering roughly the bottom half of the cigar, indicating Edicion 2024 Limitada in red on gold. I weighed the cigar at a whopping 22.7 grams and the humidity as measured by a HumidiMeter Pro was 62.2%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet wood and vegetation. From the foot, I could get hay, fermented tobacco and wood.
Jiunn: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 has an even Colorado wrapper shade. The consistency is much like fine grit sandpaper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped. Aromas provide jasmine flowers, cedar, hay and a hint of mint.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with lightly toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, the earth has picked up a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar and light earth. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper is barely holding on. At two inches in, a light mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth in the middle and light mustiness and black pepper in the background. The strength was mild.
Seth: The first third starts out with these lovely wood notes. Lighter overall. Lots of cedar with some tobacco and cream. Faint coffee notes with these hay, floral and spice notes. Medium in strength and body at most.
John: My review begins with a sweet vegetal and herbal combination. Some medium minus strength baking spices are present on the retrohale with a tobacco sweetness to finish. As the first third settles in, light bread and wood combine into the retrohale as well. There’s what I would describe as a bread and green tea profile as it continues with bread and wood combining on the post draw. Some chocolate breaks into the retrohale some time later.
Jiunn: The first third’s flavor profile consists of hay, cedar and tongue coating dried red pepper spice. There’s also some sweetness coming off of roasted nuts. Retrohaling highlights hay and cedar. The finish is medium length with flavors of soft cedar and dried red pepper spice. Strength and body is medium.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a light vegetal note joins the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, vegetal and light earth. At an inch and a half in, the toast level and black pepper both increase a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, earth in the middle and black pepper, mustiness and vegetal note in the background. The strength bumped up to mild-medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first. There is no transitioning. Little depth and complexity. Wood, tobacco, cream, coffee and soft spice notes. Still right under medium in strength and body.
John: By the second third, I am getting creamy bread, wood, spices and herbs and wood to finish and linger between puffs. Wood joins the post draw and begins to lead the post draw as the second third settles in. Chocolate returns to the retrohale some time later. Herbals notes move into the center of the retrohale by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile provides a subtle metallic harshness. The other flavors are still there but the harshness looms over it all. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level of the cedar increases a bit more and some wood bitterness comes with it. At half an inch in, the wood bitterness has increased a bit. At an inch in, the wood bitterness has reached the acrid point, and other than the toasted cedar and bitterness, all the other flavors are now masked. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, wood bitterness and light earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and acrid wood bitterness is all that’s detectable. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first and second. There has been no transitioning and little depth and complexity. It is too lacking for me to really get a lot of enjoyment out of it, and I wonder if it is too soft for a lot of smokers to really get behind. Cedar, cream, coffee, wood, leather and tobacco. Very soft. Just under medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions into the last third are creamy spices, herbs again, tobacco to follow, with spices and wood at medium strength into the post draw. The center of the profile is largely defined by wood as it settles in. Wood through the post draw takes on some dryness as the final third continues. The spices on the post draw continue at medium strength towards the halfway point, leading off the post draw. Tannic black tea moves into the post draw by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third’s flavor profile is a mirror copy of the second third. Still an overcast of metallic harshness to the other flavors of hay, cedar and tongue coating dried red pepper spice. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Burn was great from start to finish. No problems for this massive cigar.
John: The burn was straight through the review with the ash holding on just over a half inch at a time. There was some waviness through the last third but it never required intervention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: The draw was perfect for a cigar of this nature and for a smoker like myself. There was some resistance.
John: The draw was a minor amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches. One thing to remark on here; I prefer a slightly tighter draw on larger cigars.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with lightly toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and black pepper. A light mustiness joined a bit later. The second third saw a light vegetal note join in. The final third saw some wood bitterness join in and increase until it was a bit acrid and masked the other flavors aside from the toasted cedar. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 began with a basic and mellow flavor profile and maintained that through the first two thirds. The final third took a big step down as some wood bitterness joined and became acrid. This is just a really big cigar that is easy going to start and then becomes off-putting at the end. It’s also quite expensive. I could see this fitting for someone who doesn’t really smoke much and wants a mellow cigar and will probably not get past the halfway point. Not something I’d return to.
Seth: The problem with this Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 is the size. There was no complexity, depth or transitioning throughout, and with it being such a huge cigar, it got boring. I lost interest early on, and I don’t see a lot of smokers investing the time into a cigar of this nature with the flavor profile delivered. Love the brand, and past annual releases of this nature, but this was a bust.
John: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024 had a different and interesting flavor profile that kept me engaged through the first and second thirds without giving me palate fatigue. The last third was still enjoyable, but not quite at the same level of complexity. The draw had a minor amount of resistance to it while the burn was amazing all the way through. This is a cigar I will obviously smoke again, however this is something I would likely limit to special occasions. My total smoking time was 3 hours and 18 minutes.
Jiunn: Given such a big format cigar, and therefore a long smoking time, the cigar needs to do a good job holding my attention the entire smoking experience. If not, it can feel like smoking just to smoke. For this Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024, because of the metallic harshness introduced within the second third, it became an unpleasant and monotonous smoking experience for the majority of the smoking time. And as such, it’s a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$4.76

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.38

Cost/Point

$4.55

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$3.67

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$4.02

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Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Año del Dragón 2024

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