Our Score: (4 / 5)
- RH – 69% for 6 weeks
- MSRP – $210.00 box of 20
- Smoke Time – 80 minutes
- Wrapper – Nicaraguan
- Binder – Honduran
- Filler – Honduran
- Length – 6
- Ring Gauge – 50
Initial Reactions and Appearance
The wrapper for Leaf by Oscar Maduro is extremely dark, and the cigar itself has good construction with no noticeable soft spots or major veins running through the leaf. A strong scent emanates from the wrapper before it’s lit, and the unlit draw gives off a very woody flavor.
The wood flavor from the unlit draw is in full force on the first few puffs. Combining that with some dark chocolate and pepper notes on the retrohale makes Leaf by Oscar Maduro one tasty smoke. As the first third dwindled down, my cigar canoed a little, and I had to retouch it after the ash fell off at just under an inch.
At this point, the chocolate and wood flavors mellow out a bit, but the pepper and spice are more intense on the retrohale. The flavors are really starting to show off their complexity, and there were no burn issues on the second third.
The flavors intensify again, and the taste of chocolate and wood return to accompany the pepper on the retrohale. Just like the second third, there were no burn issues for me during the final smoke. Leaf by Oscar Maduro has a solid draw throughout the duration of the smoke and isn’t harsh in any way, making this stick delicious until the end.