Maria Manchini

Maria Mancini Edicion 2016

Maria Mancini, I had seen the brand in Germany and I knew it was made in Honduras as the ring says so, but I don’t think I ever smoked one until now. I started digging around, and to my surprise, this brand has a history of over 20 years. The owner of the brands are the German cigar manufacturers Schuster Zigarren but the cigars are handmade in an undisclosed factory in Honduras.

Maria Mancini is prominent in a book of a German writer, Thomas Man, but she was also a real-life aristocrat in from Italy, with a troubled arranged marriage in France, causing her to flee back to Italy. Later she returned to France to become an important fighter for women’s rights. And now she has a cigar named after her, which makes the circle round since most factory workers are females. And jobs give them the chance to some independence.

The dark wrapper is oily and smooth. The cigar has a bright red footing with bold golden lines and the number 2016. The regular Maria Mancini ring is classic, white it brushed golden outlines and details. In the middle, there’s a drawing of the historical Maria Mancini and it says ‘Honduras’ and ‘Hechos a Mano’. The construction feels good, the head is beautifully rounded. The aroma is quite strong, a little pepper, a faint tar and farm animals is what I recognize.

When I wet the cap before the cut, I taste a lot of salt. The cold draw is perfect, I taste sultanas, pepper, and dry tobacco. After lighting, I taste coffee and leather with plenty of pepper. Soon I taste a woody flavor with some lime and sugar. After a centimeter, it’s leather, soil, and pepper. I also taste some nutmeg. After a third, I still taste the leather. The pepper grows, yet the sweetness is still there. The final third starts with some nutty flavors. The finale is noticeably stronger, with charred wood, pepper and a bit of cream.

The smoke is medium in thickness and volume, it has a brownish-white color. The burn is a bit uneven. The ash is fine. The cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I smoke this cigar again? Yes, I won’t buy a box, but a few singles I wouldn’t mind smoking again


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Flor de Maria Manchini maduro torpedo

Nestor Plasencia blended these cigars in Honduras with 2 different wrappers, a Cuban seed Habano 2000 or a Costa Rican maduro. I smoked the maduro.
The cigar is packed in cello. The size of this puppy is 6 x 50 and the cigar is box pressed. The wrapper is oily and dark and quite smooth. The torpedo has a blunt top. The aroma is a bit acid with mild chocolate and liquorices. The construction feels good and that result in a fine predraw with a dry chocolate and raisin flavor. The roller overdid the glue, as there are spots of the glue on the wrapper.
I can taste wood & coffee with every now and then a hint of chocolate. The flavors are medium in strength and quite dry. The wood slowly fades away and the coffee isn’t really good and turns a bit acid after an inch and a half.
Halfway the chocolate returns at the background and the sour flavor is gone. The flavors grow a bit in strength. Some spices show up too. After 2/3rd all I can taste are spices.
I get a medium thick smoke, lots of smoke. The draw is fine and the ash is quite dark. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.


Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar didn’t do it for me

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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