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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: Macanudo Estate Reserve

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Macanudo brand’s founding, the Macanudo Estate Reserve (www​.cigarworld.com, $16 to $18) is the first iteration of what will become an annual limited edition. The Estate Reserve is unlike any previous Macanudo. Its Connecticut shade wrapper was sourced from an independent grower, and the filler and binder tobaccos are all Dominican, aged 8 to 10 years. Macanudo is offering three sizes—No. I (7 × 50), No. II (6 × 52), and No. III (5 × 50)—and producing only 3,000 examples of each. The company boxes each Estate Reserve individually, which preserves the cigar’s mild flavor.