Arganese Cigars was originally created as the personal cigar for Gene Arganese. After he began passing the cigars out to family and friends he realized the potential for developing his own line of products. He eventually settled his operations in La Palma Free Trade Zone of the Dominican Republic, where he now operates a 13, 500 square foot factory with 110 acres of tobacco fields. Today Arganese produces 9 lines of cigars, one of which being the Maduro line that I’ll be reviewing for this post.
Made in: Dominican Republic
Made by: Arganese Dominicana, S.A.
Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Dominican Sumatra
MSRP: Approximately $5.25 per stick, but can be found online much cheaper
The wrapper on the Maduro Presidente is dark and rugged. Thick veins run the entire length of the oily wrapper. The construction of this cigar appears off on some of the examples. Either the wrapper was not smoothly applied or there were a couple hard or soft spots. Pre-light draw seemed perfect and yielded dark barnyard and chocolate flavors.
I took my time and and lit this cigar with my Xikar Executive torch. After taking my first couple of puffs I noticed a run in the burn begin to develop. I used my torch to make a couple touch-ups, hoping to correct the issue. Right off the light I got a lot of cocoa and earthy flavors. The draw has just the right amount of resistence and there is plenty of smoke. Hints of roasted almonds become more obvious as I smoked my way into the first inch of the cigar. The white and black marbalized ash easily held it’s shape while I took a stroll around my yard.
As I smoked my way into the second third of Maduro Presidente, it became obvious that I had not corrected the burn issues. I attempted to make additional touch-ups, but was unsuccessful in correcting the issue. The flavors, on the other hand, were only getting better. I continued to picked up on more cocoa and almonds, along leather and slight sweetness. When I expelled smoke through my nose I could detect hints of pepper that began to gather in the back of my throat. Despite the burn issues, the ash continued to hold well; the first ash being over an inch long.
By the time I got into the final third of these cigars I was in heaven. The burn issues seemed to decrease and the flavors remained full and complex. The same flavors were present, however, it was fairly easy to tell how they increased and decreased in strength through each puff. On one occasion, when the weather was nice, I sat outside and the Maduro Presidente was a perfect companion for the sound of animals running through the woods and kids playing down the street.
What a great cigar. I had never smoked an Arganese until about a month ago when I purchased this box; the deal was just too good to pass up. The Maduro Presidente was a medium bodied cigar but the flavors were rich flavors are full and make a great compliment for a cup of coffee. The burn issues I documented here do not regularly occur with these cigars, but I felt they needed to be mentioned. Anytime you can regularly smoke a cigar down to the nub I think it’s a good thing, but I have one more recommendation that needs to be mentioned. I recently attended my cousins wedding in Orlando, FL, and took a few Arganese Maduro Presidente with me. I ended up giving one to a friend that does not normally smoke cigars. He was extremely impressed by the cigar, and said that he would be interested in purchasing a few for his own enjoyment. Now, I can provide my own recommendations, but I feel like an endorsement like that from a non-smoker is worth its weight in gold.