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Stogie Reviews: Maria Mancini Magic Mountain

19 May 2006

Before I give my review of the Maria Mancini Magic Mountain, I must confess that long before I smoked this cigar I just knew I would enjoy it. The first box of cigars I ever bought was the Maria Mancini Robusto Larga, and that box lived up to its 90 rating in Cigar Aficionado.

With those high expectations, I pulled this funny-named box-pressed pyramid (6 inches long with a 54 ring guage) out of my humidor. It became instantly clear that this is a good looking cigar. The classic gold band over the dark brown EMS (English Market Selection) wrapper will make this cigar the kind you want to keep in a glass-topped humidor where you can show it off.

The Maria Mancini EMS wrappers are grown from the much-hyped H2000 tobacco seed, which is a cross breed of the Cuban Corojo and Cuban-grown Connecticut Shade wrappers. Reviews for H2000 wrappers are mixed, but I was impressed with the oily wrapper. It had an almost velvet-like quality to the touch, and when lit it provided a slow, even burn.

The cigar had a woody flavor with earthy undertones, and its strength put it solidly in the medium to bold range. There also were hints of toast and nutmeg flavors to round the taste out, making the stogie’s overall flavor very pleasing. The cigar only requires to be ashed every inch or so, and will provide its smoker at least 45 minutes of enjoyment.

The negatives of this cigar were few and far between, but one disappointment was that well before it should have been finished, the draw became too easy and the cigar became difficult to keep lit. Also, I found that the aftertaste lingered a bit too long.

Yet overall this is a very nice smoke. It would be comfortable on either the golf course or after a fancy dinner with a fine spirit. And perhaps most impressive of all, at just over $2 a smoke, the Maria Mancini Magic Mountain gives its splendid performance at a bargain price.

For delivering such quality without breaking the Stogie Guy’s bank, I give the Maria Mancini Magic Mountain an impressive four out of five stogies.

-Patrick S


9 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Maria Mancini Magic Mountain”

  1. Humidor Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    Where you bought these cigars?

  2. Dhr. DeLuxe Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    The 'funny' name of this cigar (Magic Mountain) has an easy explanation: in the famous novel by Thomas Mann, Der Zauberberg –Magic Mountain– the protagonist, Hans Castorp, smokes only Maria Mancini cigars. (Those, however, were made in Bremen, Germany).

    Nevertheless this explains the 'funny' name

  3. RJARCUSA Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I must agree with your summation of these cigars. My results are the same. Although, I had no problem keeping them lit. My beverage / spirit of choice with a MM is Crown Cask 16 or a nice single malt scotch. Of course, a Duvel does quite nicely!!!

    long ashes,


  4. Anthony Monday, December 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I remember these! For some reason I always associate them with Mayorga cigars (and coffee). I think JR used to feature both regularly in the big, glossy catalogs they use to send me. Was Maria Mancini a JR house brand? I don't recall seeing them anywhere else.

  5. GentlemenAffair Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    great cigar which offer best of both world taste and price…i call it the sleeper cigar..

  6. ROJ Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Delicious smokes

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