Macanudo cigars are well-known for their consistency. Now they extend that trait to their boldest cigars to date - Macanudo Inspirado Red.
They begin with a silky, chestnut-colored Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that conceals a Nicaraguan binder and a core of long-fillers from Nicaragua (from Esteli and the volcanic island of Ometepe) and Honduras (Jamastran Valley). Macanudo Inspirado Red is a full-bodied delight with notes of cocoa, earth, and wood backed up with plenty of spices and black pepper. If you've stayed away from Macanudo because your tastes run toward more robust cigars, we think that Inspirado Red will change your mind.
In my view, nothing beats a box-pressed cigar and when Macanudo put their name on this one, expectations were high for an alternative to some of my other favorites. Many of the familiar box-pressed choices yield more equally squared sides while the Macanudo offering was rectangular. And even after acclimating in my humidor for several weeks, several of the cigars had a tendency to come apart making for a frustrating smoke. The quality of the tobacco was on par with other Macanudo which is always above average to superior. In sum, not a bad cigar to try but for box-pressed, there are other better options.