Cigar Review: Serino Royale Maduro XX

Cigar Review: Serino Royale Maduro XX

Serino Cigar Co. 
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000 Maduro Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full
Price: $10.50

Overall Rating: 9.1

The Serino Royale Maduro XX, though from a brand that is new, is technically a  20th Anniversary cigar, due to the fact it is owned by people behind APS Distributors, which have been making and importing cigars for 20 years now. Produced at the La Corona factory in Nicaragua, the Royale Maduro XX is one of four new lines the brand introduced at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. The medium-full bodied cigar is a cigar that will be a great introduction to the Serino brand for those who try it.

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Pre-Light: The Serino Royale Maduro XX has a familiar look to it, yet is something brand new. The blue and gold band and secondary band lend a classy classic look to the cigar. A dark Ecuadorian maduro oscuro wrapper is extremely smooth with few noticeable veins, causing the cigar’s band to stand out nicely. There’s a pleasing oily sheen to the Ecuadorian wrapper. All in all the Royale Maduro XX looks quite appealing.

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There is an aromatic mix of fresh cut wood, cocoa, earth and coffee notes to the dark Habano 2000 Maduro Oscuro wrapper. Cocoa, dark cherry like dried fruit, grass, oak and a brown sugary sweetness can be detected from the unlit foot of the Royale Maduro XX. A decent cold draw allows sweet flavors of earth, chocolate, coffee and pepper to come through.

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Burn: A great draw lets through a fair amount of smoke. On some of the cigars smoked for this review the burn line was razor sharp, while on others it could be a bit wavy, but never gets out of hand or needs correcting. The ash falls off without much warning, so it is essential to be careful when smoking the Royale Maduro in good clothes.

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Flavor: The Serino Royale Maduro XX begins with a mix of black pepper and chocolatey notes. Some cedar flavor begins to join the mix of pepper and dark chocolate notes as the first third of the cigar gets going. On the retrohale, pepper, cocoa and cedar blend together for a pleasing effect. During the transition to the second third of the Serino Royale Maduro the cedar flavor becomes more and more prevalent with pepper, nuts, dark chocolate and cinnamon also occurring. The second third sees rich dark chocolate, nuts, leather as the primary flavors of the Royale Maduro XX with oak, cedar and pepper also present. As the cigar burns into the final third, the cocoa flavor is joined by a coffee like flavor, calling to mind a mocha coffee. The always present black pepper note is never very overpowering either on the palate or through the nose. As the Serino Royale Maduro XX comes to an end the main flavors are pepper, coffee and chocolate.

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Overall: My friend Jorge at Stogies World Class Cigars told me that I should give the Serino a try, and I have to say that it was definitely worth it. There is a significant amount of dark chocolate flavor to the cigar, and it makes for an interesting effect on the cigar’s flavor profile. While the Serino Royale Maduro XX is not overly complex, there are a fair amount of secondary flavors that combine with chocolate. And although there is plenty of black pepper, it remains balanced against the dark chocolate notes of the cigar. Just on the cusp of full bodied, the medium-full Royale Maduro XX has enough strength to please the full bodied cigar enthusiast, while being mellow enough for the medium bodied smoker to enjoy also. Personally, I was very surprised by the Serino Royale Maduro XX. When I finished my first, I immediately went back and bought another. Since first trying this cigar, I’ve enjoyed it fairly regularly over the past month, and would certainly recommend it. The Royal Maduro XX will make is one of those cigars that will quickly make the Serino brand go from unknown to known if enough get a chance to try it.

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Pairing: The Serino Royal Maduro XX pairs very well with a cup of cappuccino or espresso. It’s one of those cigars that also goes nicely with a good Pinot Noir. Those looking for something a bit stronger may want to try a single malt along the lines of the Glenmorangie Lasanta of Balvenie 17 DoubleWood.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)