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Macanudo Estate Reserve

Macanudo Estate Reserve

Posted by Ana Cuenca on Oct 17, 2022

Macanudo Estate Reserve | Macanudo Cigars

What do you get when a premier cigar maker and an artisanal winemaker come together to make a cigar?

You get an epic, one-of-a-kind, limited edition cigar—the Macanudo Estate Reserve. 

Wine and cigar pairings deliver a magical, one-two punch. You sip. You puff. It's as simple and satisfying as that.

A cigar born from a collaboration between quality cigar makers and winemakers is sure to make a splash in the cigar market. Don't miss your chance!

Discover all you need to know about the Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar. 

The Macanudo Estate Reserve 

The Macanudo Estate Reserve is a limited-release cigar that resulted from a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the Macanudo cigar makers and Flint Knoll, a boutique Napa Valley winery. 

To add to the cigar's complexity, the tobacco used to make it was aged in Flint Knoll's French Oak barrels, the same barrels used to produce their single vineyard Cabernet. This unique aging process is what makes the Macanudo Estate Reserve a special stand-out cigar. 

General Cigar Co. 

The General Cigar Co. is one of the world's largest cigar manufacturers, known for producing premium cigars. 

The Macanudo line of cigars, produced by General Cigar Co., is an iconic line of handcrafted cigars. They are timeless, world-renowned cigars, each one with a delicate balance of flavor and intensity, perfect for every occasion. Most of them are mild smokes, while the Macanudo Inspirado Black line is one of their strongest cigars. 

One of the top-selling cigar brands in the USA, Macanudo offers some of the best quality cigars on the market. Handcrafted with high standards, each cigar emphasizes the care of construction and attention to detail. 

Flint Knoll Winery

It was not by accident that the Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar decided to collaborate with the Flint Knoll winery, located in Napa Valley, California. 

They craft quality, world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines and are staffed by an experienced winemaking team. The lead winemaker is Philippe Melka, who has 30 years of experience in Bordeaux, France, and Napa Valley, California. 

According to the Flint Knoll winery website, what drives their winemakers is a passion to craft classic, quality wines that are elegant and timeless. This makes it a perfect fit for the mission and standard of excellence demanded by the Macanudo brand. 

The Epic Collaboration

The decision to collaborate with Flint Knoll winery in Napa, California, to make the Macanudo Estate Reserve was born of the coming together of two artisanal crafts—cigar making and winemaking. 

When the tobacco used to make the cigars ages in Cabernet barrels at the winery, it adds a rich flavor to the cigars and also pairs beautifully with wine made in the same barrels. The Flint Knoll winery describes the Macanudo Estate Reserve as two the coming together of two products made by skilled masters in the fields of both cigar making and winemaking.

How is Tobacco Aged in Wine Barrels?

Traditionally, winemakers age their wines in barrels, with the barrels delivering extra character to the wine.

French Oak barrels are often winemakers' preferred barrel choice because they impart complex and toasty flavors to the wine. The insides of the barrels are burnt with torches to help deliver aroma and flavor, with more toasted barrels delivering a deeper oak-like flavor. 

Tobacco also benefits from the depth of flavor offered by the dark, wooden barrels. Once the tobacco is in the barrels, the fermentation process begins, causing the tobacco to release by-products, which the barrel then absorbs and filters out.

The leaves pick up flavor from the barrel's oak walls, but they must be turned to make sure they benefit fully from the oak. These richly flavored barrel-aged tobacco leaves are excellent when used as filler for cigars. 

Sometimes the change of flavor created by aging the tobacco in oak barrels is minimal but enough to enhance the profile of the cigar and elevate the smoking experience. 

Cabernet Sauvignon Wines and the Macanudo Estate Reserve Are a Perfect Fit

The Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar and the Flint Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon are a perfect pairing.

With an intricate, round flavor, the cigar is perfectly accompanied by the lush, ripe tannins and rich feel and quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon made by Flint Knoll. The shared flavor profile created by the aging process in French Oak barrels adds another layer of continuity of flavor. 

For a wine to stand up well with the Macanudo Estate Reserve, it has to have the body, intensity, and personality to match it—and the Flint Knoll Cabernet is the right wine.  

What Makes the Macanudo Estate Reserve a Special Cigar

Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, at the General Cigar Dominicana, this unique cigar is made with a special combination of fillers. These include:

  • Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Dominican Piloto Cubano
  • Dominican Olor

Flavor Profile of the Macanudo Estate Reserve

To smoke a Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar is to enjoy many delicate flavors that vary between dynamic, delicate, and rich. It delivers a pleasurable, complex smoke and a gratifying finish.  

The Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar offers a remarkably smooth and creamy smoking experience. You will taste hints of sweetness, vanilla, and cedar as well as some undertones of nuts and charred oak. 

Its Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrappers and Connecticut Broadleaf binders are grown exclusively for Macanudo. The chosen wrappers and binders add other layers of toasty notes of cedar, leather, and pepper. 

Sizes and Availability 

The Macanudo Estate Reserve cigar is available in boxes of ten in both Toro (6 x 54) and Churchhill (7 x 52)sizes. They come in a limited quantity—only 2,500 boxes will be available in each size. 

This is also one of the best cigars for under $20.

Purchase The Limited Edition Macanudo Estate Reserve Now!

The time is now to purchase your Macanudo Estate Reserve cigars! This unique cigar maker/winemaker collaboration will fly off of the shelves! 

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