So I asked the question of a few of my BOTL, "What
cigar would you like to see me review?" One of these fine gentlemen,
MrMayorga, asked me to review the Matasa 30th Anniversary by Fonseca. I
told him that I had not seen or heard of this particular stick, and so he
sent me one to review. Thank you Dan.
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 6.5 x 52
Wrapper: Cibao Valley Dominican Olor Wrapper
Filler: Nicaraguan and Cuban seed Ligero fillers
Strength: Medium – Full
I had let this cigar rest for about three weeks in my humidor at 65% so it
could breath after it's journey to me. As I examined this stick I noticed
the a couple of large veins in this dark and deeply rich looking wrapper.
It had a nice oily sheen which to me means a treat awaits. I pulled my
Zino and clipped a thin slice of cap and took a dry draw. A little
chocolate toffee taste.
I lit my stick and I took my first taste which revealed a slightly creamy
yet Earthy flavor with a mild spice on the tongue. The burn started even,
but that didn't last long. It needed correcting and my ash was very light
and almost white. It started out to be what I thought was medium at best,
but had nice strong flavor notes.
As I entered the second third, I noticed the spice on my tongue was
getting bolder. It seemed to get notes of leather and increasing in
Entering the last third, it had become a full bodied cigar with a lot of
spice. The flavor was a bit one dimensional, but tasty. The finish was
okay at best.
In conclusion, I can say that it was a descent smoke, but not worth the
M.S.R.P. of $11.00 each. CI has them for as low as $9.21, bit for that
price, I can think of quite a few cigars that I would rather smoke. I am
glad that I had the chance to try this stick, but maybe with some age,
like six months to a year, it may be a better stick.