|Wrapper||Mexican San Andres|
Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Pennsylvania
Mocha, cedar, coffee, earth, burnt sugar, peppercorn and meaty notes
There was only one thing that would pull Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame inductee José Seijas out of retirement: working with his sons. Seijas got his start in cigars in 1974 overseeing the sorting and selection of tobacco. He then rose to VP of Operations and eventually became a Master Blender for some of the biggest brands in the Dominican Republic like Montecristo, Romeo & Julieta, Vega Fina, H.Upmann, and Trinidad. But he traded that all in for more time with his sons, Enrique and Ricardo, and growing their small cigar company. The Matilde Oscura is one of the most consistent cigars we've smoked in some time, and the strongest in their portfolio of brands. But strength is not the defining characteristic of this smoke. The often spicy Mexican San Andres wrapper is balanced beautifully by Dominican filler that creates a smooth profile. This is the second cigar we've featured from one of the most underrated small cigar companies in the world.
|Review #1||Cigar Dojo|
|Review #1 Content||
(#8 Cigar of 2015) Would I smoke this cigar again? No doubt about it. As I mentioned, the cigar ranked in our 2015 year-end list, and I’ll tell you—I smoked my fair share of these bad boys for testing. And I’ll tell you another thing—I’ll continue to smoke these as long as they’re in my possession! Matilde offers up a promising second release with the Oscura. It's no secret that maduros are more of a Nicaraguan game in today's market and it's nice to see Matilde providing a dark smoke with Dominican sophistication. As with their first release (Renacer), the Oscura offers a tremendous value that we can easily recommend as a box purchase.
|Review #2||Cigar Coop|
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San Andres Mexican wrappers are very popular today. The Matilde Oscura is one of the best blends I have had with this wrapper. Sometimes I find the wrapper can overpower the blend and deliver a pungent (sharp) spice. With the Matilde Oscura Toro Bravo, this was not the case. It delivers some rich flavors and maintained quite a smooth profile. Siejas has been a mastermind behind many iconic brands, but with the Matilde Oscura, he has hit another home run. This is one of 2015’s best cigars. This is a cigar I would recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast, but it is one I would not discourage a novice from trying. As for myself, not only is this a cigar I would smoke again and make a part of my smoking rotation, it is a cigar worthy of fighting Chuck Norris for.