Cigar Review: Serino Royale Maduro XX

 

Serino Cigar Company has announced it is entering the premium cigar market, and they are building what they describe as a super premium cigar line. The company has announced it is releasing four blends under its ‘Serino Royale’ line. The company has partnered with world-renowned Cuban Master Blender Omar González Alemán of La Corona Cigars S.A. to produce the cigars. Plans are to officially launch Serino Royale at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show this July in Las Vegas. The release is highly anticipated, and it has many cigar aficionados looking forward to the release of the new ‘Serino Royale’ line.

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The Serino Royale Maduro XX is part of the new Serino line, and the upcoming release is catching the attention of smokers rapidly. The Maduro XX is Serino Royale’s full-bodied cigar that is described as having a complex “rich and bold” blend geared for the “serious smoker”. It is highlighted by an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper from Habano 2000 seed.

 

The Review:

 

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Cigar Specifications

Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime

Size: 6 1/4 x 54
Shape: Sublime
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Seed Maduro Oscuro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua  (Jalapa, Esteli)
Origin: Nicaragua
Retail Price: $11-$14

Pre-light:

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The Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with very minimal veins. The wrapper is dark in color, very smooth to the touch, and the cigar seems to be very well constructed. This smoke is held together by two bands; one on the foot and one on the body. The band at the foot is royal blue in color and is trimmed with gold. It features the ‘S’  Serino logo, a crown, and the words ‘Royale Maduro XX’. The band on the body is royal blue in color and trimmed in gold. It features the ‘Serino’ name surrounded by two ‘S’ logos on top of the words ’20 Anniversary’.

The smell off of the wrapper leaf is medium with a hint of oak. I used a punch to cut into the cap. The dry draw presents with flavors of oak, cashew, and a hint of cocoa. The draw has the perfect amount of resistance.

First Third:

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Upon toasting and lighting the Serino Royale Maduro XX, it starts off with medium earthy notes; oak, hay, and a hint of leather are all present on the palate. I can taste a hint of cashew, and a small amount of cocoa as well. The flavors all seem very natural, and they all complement each other on the palate. The draw on this cigar is very smooth, the smoke is thick and caresses the tongue while marrying the flavors on the palate. The cigar is letting off a mild stream of white smoke. The burn line is even with a growing dark gray ash and the construction is holding up very well.

 

Second Third:

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In the beginning of the second portion of this smoke, the ash is still holding up very well and the draw is perfect. I am still picking up earthy notes, such as hay and oak, but the cashew flavor has now become the dominate flavor. A spicy profile has began to make an appearance as well as a hint of bread and dried fruit, and this balances out the cigar quite well. The ash is dark gray and the burn-line is even. The cigar is still letting off a steady stream of white smoke. I ash for the first time during the smoking experience.

Final Third:

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The start of the final third has the cashew and oak still predominantly featured. The leather, spice, and earthy flavors are coming together and create an amazing profile. The retro-hale is very smooth with a slight burn featuring the spices of the cigar. The flavors caress the palate long after the exhale, but the aftertaste is enjoyable. The ash is growing and still presents with a dark gray color. I have removed the cigar band around the body of the smoke. The burn line is almost perfectly even, and the draw is still perfect. As the cigar burns down closer to the end, the ash is still holding on strongly to the foot. The flavors are leather and oak in the forefront, with the cocoa, bread, and a hint of heavy cream notes in the background. The final ash fell just before those final draws were made.

Conclusion:

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The Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime provided a very enjoyable smoking experience. The flavors and body were very well-balanced, and the cigar was very well constructed. There were no touch-ups required to the burn line during this experience, and I found no imperfections during the smoke. The beautiful dark gray ash held strong on the foot, and the draw off of this cigar was very smooth and flawless. The flavors that this cigar presented all complemented each other and perfected the smoking experience. I thoroughly enjoyed smoking this cigar, I would definitely smoke it again, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great smoke. I give the Serino Royale Maduro XX Sublime a score of 94. 

 

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