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Stogie Reviews: Berger & Argenti Entubar Quad Maduro Double Corona

4 Apr 2011

The Miami-based Berger & Argenti company was established in 2009 as a partnership between brothers Michael and Albert Argenti and Enrique Berger. The outfit’s first lines included Exile Wired, Clasico, and Entubar.

The latter, Berger & Argenti’s flagship blend, made quite an impression on me when I reviewed it after returning from the 2009 IPCPR Trade Show. It had balance, complexity, and interesting flavors. It also had outstanding construction, due in no small part to the “entubar” process, which involves creating delicate “scrolls” of filler tobacco to ensure “chambers” of air flow.

The newer Entubar Quad Maduro—so named for its “cuadrado” press and maduro wrapper—was introduced at the 2010 IPCPR Trade Show. This line makes use of the same painstaking “entubar” procedure but employs a new, bolder blend of tobaccos. Included are Nicaraguan (viso and ligero) and Dominican (seco) filler leaves, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Jalapa-grown maduro wrapper that has been “aged eight years in seasoned oak barrels,” according to a press release.

Like the original Entubar, the Quad Maduro has a “channel” of ligero tobacco that extends a quarter inch beyond the foot, which creates “a startlingly unique ‘fuse like’ appearance that assures a superior draw, flawless conical burn with a long white ash, and a myriad of complex flavors channeled directly onto the palate.” A band around the bottom advises enthusiasts to “thoroughly toast entire cigar foot before smoking.”

It’s easy enough to establish an even light on the Double Corona (7.63 x 54). Once set, the dark cigar produces a full-bodied taste of earth and peppery spice. The profile then settles to include less heft, less spice, and flavors of nuts, leather, cream, and dark chocolate. Quite enjoyable with a chalky texture.

At the midway point and beyond, the Double Corona is decidedly medium-bodied. The flavors never really seem to change all that much, they just moderately intensify and retreat (depending on how quickly you smoke the cigar). Construction, as expected, is superb throughout the two-hour experience, with a near-perfect burn, a solid ash, and an easy draw that yields bountiful smoke.

Quad Maduro comes packaged in cedar boxes of 20 cigars and is available in three other sizes sizes: Corona Macho (4.63 x 48), Robusto (5.38 x 54), and Torpedo (6.88 x 56). The Double Corona retails for $12 apiece. This price point, in my opinion, is an accurate reflection of the quality of the tobacco and the labor-intensive “entubar” process. For its harmonious flavor, beautiful aroma, and notable combustion properties, the Entubar Quad Maduro Double Corona deserves four and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A

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5 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Berger & Argenti Entubar Quad Maduro Double Corona”

  1. Chris V Monday, April 4, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    This sounds like something I may just have to try. Who around the DC area has these bad boys?

  2. Patrick A Monday, April 4, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    A list of Berger & Argenti retailers can be found here. It's organized by state.

  3. mighty Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    IMO, this quad maduro is the best of their entubar cigars. It has a really unique flavor which I enjoy. I just wish it wasn't as expensive as it is. For my area the short robusto is just under $10.

  4. Craig Hart Monday, April 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Nice review. Now my mouth is watering.

  5. cj Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I have wanted to try these for some time now. My local has the torpedo and size reviewed here…but not the robusto. At the price of $12 or more, I just have not been able to pull the trigger until I saw this review. Right beside them is one of my favorites, the T52 toro, and it saves me a few bucks in the process. Guess I will seek them out the next time I am out of town…I love this brand…all their smokes rock! thanks to Patrick