Happy New Year Hawks! I am really excited to be back and ready to get a ton of reviews done this year. I appreciate all of you that stuck by me over the past 6 months or so and all the things I went through. I really wanted to get a Top 10 Cigar List done but unfortunately I did not review enough contenders to have a viable list. There were so many amazing cigars released last year and I still have a ton to go through. With that said, this was one of them.
I met Jeffery Amendola last year at a rolling event in Winton Salem and we have stayed in contact since then. I have smoked a few of his cigars and purchased more since then. I recently attended another rolling event with some friends and they got to try these cigars for the first time and the feedback we received was more than positive. This was my first time with this one so I decided to do a review on it.
I did a little history on them during my first review of Amendola cigars so if you are interested, go back a few reviews and check it out. I see big things happening for them this year.
So enough of that, let’s get done to business.
First things first.
The Amendola Maduro 42×5.5 Maduro is a really good looking cigar. This is a Mexican San Andreas Box Press that may be small in stature but looks really nice dressed up. Kind of like myself. Ba Du Bum. (Remember to tip your bar tenders folks, I’ll be here all night).
I do not have the blend info but if I can get it I will update the post.
Profile: Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Undisclosed
Appearance: This is a beautiful box press. A medium brown wrapper with small to medium veins and tight seams. The red foot band really works well with the presentation as does the “Terracotta” (my wife corrected me from my previous color description) band featuring the Amendola bull. Overall just a nice, clean, elegant presentation.
Pre-Light: I pick up notes of hay, some black pepper, and slight cocoa from the barrel and foot both. I opt for a straight cut (damn nice cut I might add. See photo) and the draw is perfect. Not too open and far from tight. I pick up notes of sweet cocoa, straw/hay, coffee and pepper. I am really excited to get this one going. So let’s do it.
1st Third: I get things nice and toasted and right off the bat I get notes of black pepper up front and on the tongue mixed with that maduro sweetness that I love. A couple of things that really stand out to me is how smooth and creamy this cigar is and how aromatic the smell is. Very seldom to I ever reference how cigars I review smell but this is something that not only I have noticed and pointed out, but others have as well. This thing smells amazing. About 1/2 inch in I pick up notes of coffee and semi sweet cocoa. The draw remains perfect and the burn is razor sharp. I am really enjoying this so far.
2nd Third: No real crazy transitions but I do start to get notes of toasted nuts, more semi sweet chocolate and still very creamy and smooth. The pepper has really toned down and this blend just seems to get a bit more complex and better as I go. I can’t really pinpoint any major changes or nail down any particular standout flavor but the blend works and works well. I am really digging this cigar. Everything remains the same except a slight wave in the burn line.
Last Third: A sweet graham cracker sweetness appears along with some roasted nuts, and coffee. Further in some meatballs and spaghetti appear…Oh wait, I thought I was writing for a much larger publication, my bad. It seemed fitting given the whole Italian thing, ah, fuhgeddaboudit. (see what I did there). Moving on, this cigar just continues to impress. No real changes all the way to the nub. Great flavors, outstanding performance, what more do you need?
Final thoughts: Buy this cigar. Buy bundles of this cigar. Absolutely great, quick smoke, especially in the winter when it’s cold and you need a quick smoke, this is a go-to smoke.
For those that don’t know me, you may be thinking “well he knows the guy so he won’t say anything negative about his cigars”, wrong. I will say exactly what I think. If it was off or not for me I would say it. Does this mean that you will like it as much as I did? No. Everyone’s palate is different so this is purely my opinion based on my experience. For me, this was a great smoke. Everything about this cigar worked beautifully. The presentation was great, the draw and burn were excellent with 0 required touch ups, and the flavors really worked well for me. If your local retailer does not carry Amendola Family Cigars, purchase a 5 or 10 pack and give them one to smoke and tell them they need to consider them. I highly doubt they would be disappointed in your recommendation.
So there you have it. The first review of 2019 and Amendola hits it out of the park. I know I am not alone in this thought because people close to me are just as impressed with this brand as I am.
Appreciate you taking the time to read through this. If your interested in ordering, please visit https://amendola-family-cigars.myshopify.com/collections or visit https://topleafcigarlounge.com/ and be sure to tell them you read about it here on CigarHawk.com
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