Back in November, Daniel (aka @Dalamscius) from Casas Fumando held a giveaway contest to raise money for the Movember campaign, which spreads awareness about men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. I was happy to make a small donation to help out a pal (who also happens to be active in the Stogie Review Fan Forums), and was thrilled to be chosen to receive a 5-pack of cigars donated by Maldonado Dynasty.
When my 5-pack of the Maldonado Dynasty Mogul arrived in the mail, I let them rest in my coolidor for several weeks before giving them a try. After smoking a few, I decided to shoot a video review. Short on time as I’ve been lately, I took my life into my hands and set up my camcorder to record the review while hurtling down the highway at break-neck speeds in excess (nominally) of the posted limits… when traffic didn’t slow me to a crawl, that is.
Maldonado Dynasty Mogul by the numbers:
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic (plus Peruvian & Colombian?)
No. smoked for review: 4
Duration: 1 hour
Source: won in giveaway from Casas Fumando (donated by Maldonado Dynasty)
How did everything turn out? Was I issued a citation for reckless driving? And how was the cigar? Watch the video to find out the answers to these questions, and more…
(Video length: 10:02)
Soundtrack: “New Life” by Fireproof_Babies (courtesy of ccMixter.org)
As it turns out, my experiment with recording a review while driving turned out just fine. I might have to do one again in the future if I’m short on time, so it’s nice to have a workable backup option. The cigar on the other hand, while it wasn’t bad, just didn’t do it for me flavor-wise. I couldn’t get past the sour notes, and the tight draw on multiple samples was quite frustrating. I’d smoke another if given the opportunity, but the Maldonado Dynasty Mogul probably isn’t something I’ll be seeking out.
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science, focusing on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Delaware, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.