Cigar Review: Gispert Maduro

Size: 5×54, Robusto (box pressed)

Wrapper: San Andres Morron Mexican Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild/Medium

Price: Box of 20, $63.95 (Purchase)

Grade: 9.2

The Gispert is available in both a Natural and a Maduro, and is available in six sizes, each with larger than usual ring gauges – Robusto (5×54), Corona (5.5×44), Toro (6×54), Lonsdale (6.5×44), Belicoso (6 1/8×52), and Churchill (7×54). Gispert is handmade by Altadis USA in Honduras and the Maduro version is unique from the Connecticut not only in wrapper, but also in that the entire lineup is box pressed.

The Gispert is value priced at around $3 a cigar and is readily available online, but rarely seen in the B&Ms I frequent.

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Pre-light, 1.9:
The box press on this Maduro is as clean as I’ve seen; rather than wafer, it is an even box from head to foot, and the seams along the boxed corners are flawless. The tobacco is packed tightly as you’d expect from a box press and there is not one soft spot. The wrapper is evenly colored with slight veins and no blemishes beyond the ordinary. The cap is triple rolled as well; this is a great looking cigar. The aroma is of very sweet cocoa, hay, and a mild nuttiness most akin to almond. The cut is clean and the draw is a bit tight, as a lot of box pressed cigars are. The flavor is fairly muted, with minor notes of hay and a lingering spice.

Burn, 1.7:
The smoke production is moderate and the burn is very slow. The tight press does present some draw issues as I move into the second third, but as long as I provide it a bit more attention than normal, it carries on – it’s a bit needy. The burn and draw does open a bit into the final third and finishes strong.

Flavor, 2.8:
The initial burst is of creamy cedar with a mild spice and cocoa on the retrohale. Moving into the second third, the spice moves to the back of the throat and remains there for the first third. The main attributes are a mixture of sweet and spice. Moving into the second third, the spice becomes more subdued and the cocoa is very thick and creamy, creating an excellent profile. Aside from a sweet cedar, cocoa dominates the middle third. Moving toward the band on the Maduro, there is no transition in the profile – consistency is the name of the game. The profile that it locks into is very gentle, smooth, and chocolatey. Very enjoyable, all leading to a clean profile with a light to medium finish.

Overall, 2.8:
With an excellent price tag (just over $3/each), a flawless exterior and above average construction, and a very pleasing and consistent flavor profile, the Gispert ranks as one of my favorite mild to medium Maduros out there. The flavor profile locked in a bit early, but it was great on the palate. This will be a box purchase for me in the near future, and would be a great cigar to share with newer smokers, or to keep for yourself as a morning cigar.

(Total: 9.2)