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Carson, his father Anthony and the team behind the Serino Cigars are a very great group of people. I had the good fortune to be sent a few of these cigars to be reviewed for this website and I have to say…. all of them were tremendous cigars; exhibiting amazing taste and craftsmanship. I would say my favorite of the lot would be the Serino Royale Maduro XX. I will also admit that the Serino Royale Medio was a very good cigar as well to pair with a light ale or rum. However, the Serino Royale Maduro XX was well matched with a solid bourbon or a sweet stout or IPA.
I decided to light up the Serino Royale Maduro XX while on a trip to one of my favorite places in all of Florida, Saint Augustine. I was there on a trip with my fiancé choosing details for our wedding such as the menu, cake, flowers and reception decorations. In our off time (being huge craft beer lovers) we managed to swing by Bog Brewing Company and Ancient City Brewing. After our brewery expeditions we made our way to the downtown area and did a little bar hopping. The weather was perfect so I decided it was the best time to spark up the Serino Royale Maduro XX while enjoying a Double IPA and a Knob Creek.
The Serino Royale Maduro XX cigar is made up of a Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, and a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
The construction of the Serino Royale Maduro XX is fantastic. It displays a deep, dark brown (almost black) oscuro leaf that is full of character and appeal.
The draw of the Serino Royale Maduro XX is decent. Not the greatest but nothing to shake a stick at. The pull is regular and efficient allowing plenty of flavorful smoke to be present.
The burn of the Serino Royale Maduro XX is well balanced only showing very, very minor canoeing towards the medium and end of the smoking experience.
The taste of the Serino Royale Maduro XX is of sweet grass, spice, pepper, cashew, slight hints of coffee, dry cedar with salted earth finish. A perfect flavor to match with a sweet bourbon or stout or IPA as I mentioned before. I really enjoyed the flavor because smoking complex cigars that deliver multiple flavors in phases (1/4s) of the smoke tend to be the best tasting. There is more though in the delivery of the specific tobacco that goes into a cigar like the Serino Royale Maduro XX in order for it to have this many awesome properties. In other words, it is damn good.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Serino Royale Maduro XX and would most definitely recommend it to someone who really enjoys full bodied cigars with a lot of flavor features. The Serino Royale Maduro XX is priced at around $12 which is a more than fair price point in my opinion for what you are getting. My only hope is that they start to expand there distribution across the states because I would still classify this cigar as an very rare cigar to find. Regardless, if you can find it, it is absolutely worth a try!
According to an interview conducted with Cigar Noise, Carson stated, “Our main goal now is to make the ‘Serino Royale’ our staple line, similar to Oliva did with Serie V, and then make limited single blend runs of what Omar and ourselves are smoking.”
About Serino Cigars – Cigar Noise Interview
“All of our tobacco from Esteli + Jalapa has been aged for a minimum of 5 years from Omar’s farm. Once rolled, they have been ‘at rest’ in the humidor for about 2 years. We are big into aging and wanted our cigars to be pre-aged for release. They’re all produced by Omar Gonzalez Aleman, the former General Manager of the ‘Corona Factory’ in Havana, Cuba. He was also the master blender for the Cuban Partagas Factory. Omar now blends from his own factory also named the ‘La Corona Factory’ in Esteli, Nicaragua.”