The Hype – “Cusano 18 should be on everyone’s list to try. Its complex and appealing aroma make it a favorite among all aficionados. RATED 91 BY CIGAR INSIDER! Mike Cusano has always made giving the cigar enthusiast a great value his top priority. His mission has carried over to his premium lines, where hand rolled premiums with big ratings can be had at everyday low prices. Each cigar he makes has a special attribute, be it the filler or the wrapper, and every cigar is expertly rolled by hand in the Dominican Republic. Rich, creamy, and packed with flavor, Cusano 18″s filler is composed of Dominican Oro harvested eighteen years ago. The extraordinary flavors of this rare filler are blended with a potent Cuban Piloto and a mouth watering San Vicente Olor. A creamy Connecticut Shade Binder leaf and a second, very flavorful Connecticut Shade wrapper produce an incredible volume of richness and an exquisite creamy finish.”
The Review – I got a few of these from Cigar.com about six months ago. I threw them in the humidor and didn’t think about them until today…I drove to Las Vegas today with my business partner, so we had a little time on our hands to think, and smoke. The Cusano 18 is a tightly-packed, uniform beautiful cigar. Prelight aroma is woody and earthy with a slight nuttiness – very nice. The vitrola lights easily and has a distinct espresso odor. My first 5 or 6 puffs were a little bland after which the flavor intensified and continued the earthy theme, with hints of cedar, leather and a little wood. The smoke smells good and almost smells like an infused cigar, but still has the “real” tobacco scent. After I was halfway through this cigar, it becan to exhibit some white pepper, which was just enough to tingle and excite the palate. Leather permated throughout to the nub. I smoked three of these during the trip, drinking Pepsi and bottled water. All three were uniformly good, with relatively consistent flavor profiles. Mouthfeel was good and aftertaste was a toasty coffee that I can still taste. Well, off to dinner and a Drew Estate Tabac Especial….