Manolo faced many tumultuous circumstances like abandoning Cuba in 1960 in his early teens to facing the uncertainty of moving to Miami where his transcendence would require the absolute best of him. This included being drafted to the US Army as a Spanish citizen and deployed to Vietnam in 1968 as a radio operator. His service would end up rewarding him by allowing him to attain US citizenship and completing numerous academic courses thanks to his GI Bill benefits. Manolo’s legacy, however, has come from his illustrious career as a cigar maker. His life experiences allowed him to hit the ground running when he played a crucial role in his family’s founding of Manufactura de Tabacos S.A. (MATASA) in 1974. Since then, countless brands, blends, and booming cigars have paved the way for him to reach legendary status. With that comes this cigar to celebrate Manolo’s 75 years.
Wrapped in a Corojo wrapper from Ecuador and blended with Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos under a Nicaraguan binder, this is a seriously rich cigar when it comes to performance and flavor. Weighty notes of licorice spice and a zappy orange peel zest assert themselves over a creamy flow of diverse leather and earthy notes. The aroma is sharp on first impression, but quickly smoothens out to a roasted espresso bean note that remains consistently throughout. Without a doubt, this cigar is a must-have.