Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro. The only Maduro blend in the Casdagli Basilica line. Where there three sizes for the Casdagli Basilica C blend, there is only one size for the Casdagli Basilica C Maduro version. The same goes for the Casdagli Basilica A. The line is inspired by the Saudi Arabian Casdagli clients who asked for a cigar to match with their oriental tea and citrus cuisine. The name comes from the Ancient Greek term meaning Royal House. And that refers to Villa Casdagli in Cairo.
The exposed tobacco at the foot of the cigar leads the smoker gently into the bold flavors according to Casdagli. And the bold flavors of this 6×52 Toro come from an Ecuadorian Corojo Maduro wrapper around a Dominican binder. The filler is from Peru, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. This cigar is a tribute to Emmanual Casdagli, the patriarch of the family. He was a wealthy cotton farmer and horse breeder in Egypt back in the day. And that explains why the family had such a beautiful villa in Cairo.
The cigar looks great. An evenly colored, very dark wrapper with a little bit of the binder and filler exposed at the foot. The wrapper looks flawless. Beautiful black and golden rings with the portrait of Emanuel Casdagli. The construction feels good. The aroma is almost Cubanesque. Farm aromas such as animals, barnyard, and hay.
The cold draw is great. There is a mild flavor of dark spices, freshness, yet with a little peppery kick. The first puffs are dark. Dark roasted coffee beans, earthiness, dark chocolate, those kinds of flavors. Pleasantly bitter, well rounded. Especially when some sweetness shows up to take the edge off. The mouthfeel is creamy, yet there is also a little taste of chili flakes. It all accumulates to a creamy, smooth, yet characterful flavor profile. The Maduro wrapper delivers the right amount of sweetness to bind all the flavors together. When the first wave of flavors calms down, there is leather, earthiness, cedar, and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate remains the dominant flavor, with here and there a hint of hay. The sweetness has reminiscence of dried fruits. The beautiful, balanced mixture of dried fruits, leather, earthiness, and dark chocolate remains. With a little bit of spice from green herbs. At the halfway point, the dried fruit mellows out. The dark chocolate gets a bit of a kick. The final third has sweetness again, with dark spices and wood. Still balanced and well-rounded flavors. The finale is wood, spice, and pepper with dark roast coffee.
The draw is flawless. The burn is straight and the light-colored ash is firm and dense. The smoke is good in both volume and thickness. This cigar is well balanced, smooth, yet full in flavor and body. The smoke time is three hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love this cigar.