Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade Cigar Review *LIMITED EDITION*



The Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade is a limited edition Connecticut blend that features tobaccos from Brazil. Light up one of these tasty treats and get notes of cedar, cream, vanilla, florals. This blend is perfect for the fan of mild blends who wants a different kind of flavor profile than what can be found with the run of the mill shade blend.

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Macanudo has taken the Inspirado line in an entirely new direction with this one! The Brazilian Shade features leaves from Brazil, The Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Among the specialized leaves included in this blend are a Brazilian grown Connecticut Shade Wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina filler leaf. All around, this blend is supposed to produce a brilliant mild – medium blend with incredible flavor. I just wonder if this blend can match the flavor that aficionados have already come to expect from new Connecticut blends! And the only way to find out is with a cut and a light.

Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade
Wrapper: Brazilian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Cubita Mao, Nicaraguan Jalapa, Dominican Piloto Cubano
StrengthMild – Medium
Size6.5×52, Toro
Price:$10.00 – $11.00

Light Up

The kick off isn’t wildly different from other Connecticut blends with this Brazilian Shade. That classic cedar note is leading the flavor profile at this point. And there’s a mild sweetness from the wrapper. However, I am still looking for that Brazilian tobacco flavor to come through. I’m hopefull for more in the first third.

First Third

Now that’s more of the flavor I’m looking for in an exotic shade blend. There are a few new aspects of flavor joining the profile here. In addition to cedar and a general creaminess, I’m also tasting vanilla and floral notes. These new additions have come forward to produce a very nicely filled out profile.

While there’s still not distinct sweetness from the wrapper leaf at this point, the rest of the profile produces a creaminess that’s pretty unique to this blend. The balance of flavor and cream is easily the highlight of this blend to this point.

Second Third

At the halfway point, this blend isn’t offering anything new with regards to flavor notes. Instead, what stands out is the creaminess form the first third. While many cigars seem to reach a pinnacle of balanced flavor in the second third, this blend has offered that same pinnacle for most of the smoke. Once the blend was balanced (after about an inch of smoking), the whole flavor was bright and creamy. That has given this blend a bit of an edge over other regular productions Connecticuts on the market.

Final Third

Nearing the last few puffs of the Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade, there are a few changes to the flavor. However, there haven’t been nearly as many changes as I normally experience with blends in the final third.

Some pieces of the flavor have become somewhat muted. What remains in the flavor profile are cedar and floral notes. The vanilla, and creaminess have both fallen to the background. The flavor is simpler now, but still offering more than a typical shade blend at this point.

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