Cigar Review: Matilde Renacer

Cigar Review: Matilde Renacer

Matilde Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2″ x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $8.50

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Overall Rating: 9.0

For years Jose Seijas had been associated with the Vega Fina cigar brand owned by Altadis. Recently, the Seijas family began making cigars of their own. Since they cannot use the “Jose Seijas” name because the trademark is owned by Altadis, the family decided to resurrect a long dormant Dominican brand; the result was Matilde cigars. The first line from the company is the Renacer (which appropriately translates as “rebirth”) has quickly gained a good deal of attention for it’s quality and flavor. Woodsy, herbal and spice stand out in this complex medium bodied cigar. The Matilde Renacer is a cigar that is sure to become the favorite of many gentlemen who enjoy medium bodied cigars.

Pre-Light: The smooth brown wrapper lacks prominent veins and has few prominent veins. There is a slight oily sheen to the Matilde’s leathery brown wrapper. The gold and brown band is quite impressive and the off-white border really sets it off against the wrapper.

A natural tobacco flavor comes from the wrapper of the Matilde Renacer. Off the unlit foot a sweet tobacco and raisin aroma is noticeable, but not overly strong. The cold draw is excellent allowing through flavors of natural tobacco and green tea.

Burn: The draw on the Matilde is quite easy and what I’d consider excellent. The cigar’s burn is somewhat even and holds its beautiful white ash extremely well.

Flavor: The Matilde Renacer begins with sweet cedar and herbal flavors. There’s a pleasing tanginess to the tobacco in the Matilde. The spice, herbs and cedar dominate the first third of the cigar. Some hints of salt occur but it doesn’t overpower the other flavors. As the second third starts there is some much interplay of wood and spice that it is hard to pin down one specific flavor. Halfway though there is a very slight background note of black tea that peeks out from behind the cedar, spice and herbs. The final third sees some leather and mild coffee join the existing flavor profile. In the final inches the cigar the spice really picks up.

Overall: The Matilde Renacer is a great medium bodied cigar. There’s so much interplay between the wood, herbs and spice. Something about the Matilde Renacer’s flavor reminds me of the Davidoff Puro D’Oro (at a much more affordable price). The Matilde has all the hallmarks of a cigar that should age quite well. I’m a big fan of this cigar, and look forward to seeing what the Sejas family has planned next for the Matilde brand. Personally, I’ve added it to humidor on a regular basis. Anyone who enjoys cedary medium bodied cigars will definitely enjoy the Matilde Renacer. This is certainly a box worthy cigar.

Pairing: When pairing the Matilde Renacer a nice sipping rum seems to pair best. A Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year or a Papa’s Pillar rum are excellent choices. A Woodford Reserve bourbon or Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask single malt will also compliment the Matilde quite well.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)