Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Sidewinder No. 3

Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Sidewinder No. 3

Iconic Leaf Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut Shade)
Binder: Unkown (Proprietary)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 7″ x 57
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Price: $8.50

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Overall Rating: 7.6

The Recluse Amadeus is the third cigar release from Iconic Leaf Cigars. In keeping with the company’s tradition of releasing their blends in unique shape, the Recluse Amadeus is (like the Draconian) available in the Sidewider shape that is one of the coolest looking of any cigar size. The Amadeus is a great looking and a very good tasting cigar, but (the three smoked for this review) were plagued by construction issues.

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Pre-Light: The white and silver band of the Amadeus really stands out against the Connecticut wrapper. There is a bit of speckling to the wrapper with some noticeable seams. The Sidewider size is impressive looking with a rounded top and bottom and flat sides. There’s something about this size that makes it fit perfectly in the hand and mouth.

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A wood and nut aroma can be noticed from the wrapper of the Recluse Amadeus. The unlit foot of the cigar has a cinnamon and vanilla scent to it. An easy cold draw allows through hay and nut flavors.

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Burn: The construction on the Recluse Amadeus Sidewider isn’t quite up to the same quality that I’d expect from Iconic Leaf. The Draconian Sidewinder and OTC Kanu were both extremely well made cigars, but the wrapper on the Amadeus beings to burst shortly after it is lit. This happened on every cigar I tried for this review. The burn is even throughout the first half of the cigar, but gets uneven as it goes into the second half of the cigar.

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Flavor: The Amadeus Sidewinder begins with a bit of cream, oak and nut flavors. As the cigar begins to get going a mild black pepper occurs in a great way. In the second third of the cigar cedar, oak, pepper, herbal spice and vanilla all mix together for a really pleasing effect. There is not much change in the final third of the cigar. Some grass and mushroom notes join the existing pepper, oak and vanilla flavors. In the final inches of the cigar the pepper really begins to take over until the end of the cigar.

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Overall: Flavor wise the Reculse is an interesting Connecticut cigar. There is a lot of flavor to this smoke. Wood, spice, pepper, vanilla and nuts all blend together nicely. The problems with the construction can’t take away from the impressive flavor, but they do make it hard for me to recommend this cigar other than as something to try when you’re looking for something new to try. Personally, I will probably try the Amadeus some day again, but it won’t be making a regular appearance in my humidor.

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Pairing: The Recluse Amadeus pairs well with a glass of Pinot Noir or Merlot. Personally, I think the Fess Parker Pinot is a great choice for pairing with the Amadeus.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)