Today I’m firing up a cigar that was generously given to me by Scott Regina, owner of Emerson’s Cigars. This is the Gran Vida Maduro which is made by Rocky Patel for Emerson’s Cigars. This cigar features a dark and oily Pennsylvania Boradleaf Maduro wrapper which heightened my interest even before receiving the package.
When I initially looked at this cigar i noticed the dark wrapper, but secondly I noticed just how heavy it felt in my hand. Now I’m not sure if a cigars weight has any real bearing on the flavors or burn performance, but I can tell you that It’s something that generally peaks my interest. There were a few prominent veins on the wrapper that I would describe as common for many PA Broadleaf wrappers. Overall this cigar looked and felt to be well constructed. Pre-light aroma was full of barnyard and earth, with just the slightest sweetness at the foot. After snipping this head I took a few pre-light draws which seemed a bit tight, but yielded a blast of black pepper.
Once I added fire to this equation I was surprised at what I found.
Name: Gran Vida Maduro
Company: Rocky Patel
Made in: Honduras
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan and Panamanian
Price: $112.50 per box
Comes in: Boxes of 20
Vitola: Robusto (5″ X 50)
I like this cigar because it’s bold and full-bodied. I think the combination of flavors and construction made for a nice smoking experience that would be best enjoyed after a heavy meal and/or paired with a Stout or IPA. I’d suggest picking up a five pack unless you don’t have the stomach for a big full-bodied stick.