Cigar Review: Wise Man Maduro


This offering from Foundation Cigar Company features a dark Mexican San Andreas wrapper over Nicarguan binder and long fillers. The size reviewed here is a 6.2″ x 52RG box pressed Torpedo vitola.

First light reveals a slightly loose draw putting off thick plumes of medium/full bodied smoke. Core flavors of espresso and dark chocolate awaken the palate, followed by a substantial black and red pepper finish and retrohale. A tinge of earth and leather on the back of the palate.

Getting into the first third we see the same great flavor profile but it is now enhanced with notes of cream and vanilla onthe draw as well as a woody, smoky brisket undertone on the finish and retrohale. Incredibly complex and smooth all around. Everything is very well blended. The strength starts setting in early on this one.

The flavors were consistent start to finish, which was OK by me as I was absolutely digging the robust, complex flavors. Ending at 1 hour 20 minutes for a solid burn time for the size and the nicotine strength comes up to match the body at medium/full.

Flawless construction with a razor sharp burn. Ash holds on about a third at a time. High quality self-adhesive band that came off easily. Everything about this cigar screams quality.

This was a “wow” cigar for me – bold, complex flavors on both the dessert and savory side of the spectrum and everything plays well together. Well worth its price point of approximately $11/stick. Pair with a Russian Imperial Stout, a hefty red wine, a nice bourbon or peaty Scotch for best results. Rating: 4.5/5.