The Macanudo Reserva Dorada is a dark maduro with an earthy aroma and a shiny metal band. It is an eye catcher on the shelves. I have to be honest. I am not a fan of Macanudo in general (although I was recently impressed by the new Gran Cru), but when I saw this cigar with that big metal ring on it, I had to buy it just to try and also to have that band. For what I don’t know but i had to have so I guess the gimmick worked. The flavors are mild and classic maduro, a slight sweetness with chocolate an coffee flavors. The flavors were a little thin though with not much body to speak of. The draw was a little looser than I prefer but it did produce plenty of thick aromatic smoke. The burn was a little tricky at time requiring one or two touch ups and the ash was very loose and flaky so I had to keep an ash tray near by.
The final verdict, while it was an OK smoke, it was too mild for my tastes and too thin in the body department. The ash was kind of troublesome too. However, the flavors were good and in the end I guess I enjoyed enough to be happy with the purchase though I probably won’t be looking to smoke another. However, if you like mild smokes and that classic maduro sweet flavor, this cigar is right in your wheel house.