Cigar Review: Garofalo La Famiglia Maduro Robusto
United Cigars has begun shipping Garofalo La Famiglia following the press release of the new Garofalo La Famiglia in December of 2020. The new Garofalo La Famiglia is a special collaboration between New England retailer David Garofalo and Nick Perdomo, Jr., president, and CEO of Perdomo Cigars.
“Making a special line of cigars for my close friend, David Garofalo, is an honor for the Perdomo family,” states Nick Perdomo, Jr. “The original Garofalo Legacy Series has been a success over the last ten years, and we know the addition of the new Garofalo La Famiglia will continue to represent the Garofalo family’s passion and dedication to providing the finest premium hand-made cigars to cigar enthusiasts world-wide.”
Available in three wrappers; Connecticut, Sun Grown & Maduro today we look at the Sun Grown with forthcoming review on the Maduro. We previously shared our thoughts on the Connecticut and Sun Gown versions and now complete the trifecta with the Maduro.
Cigar Review: Garofalo La Famiglia Maduro
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Aged 5 Years)
Binder: Cuban Seed Nicaragua
Filler: Cuban Seed Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 54
The Look: Packaged in beautiful 24-count boxes, the Maduro features a black vista showcasing the G with a stylized font that reflects Garofalo’s Italian heritage with colors of green, white and red as well as a crown over the top of it. This vista is also replicated on the cigar band. The cigar itself is seamlessly rolled, with the wrapper featuring a nice amount of oils while the foot is well packed and in the hand the cigar has no voids of tobacco.
The Notes: The cold draw shows off notes of raisin sweetness with a touch of raspberry tartness that is divine. The foot of the cigar has a subtle mocha and earth component but I find myself heading back to take additional pulls of the cold draw. Once the cigar is cut, toasted and lit the initial note is graham cracker goodness.
Smoking the first third of the Garofalo La Famiglia Maduro, notes of fig, raisins and a subtle raspberry dominate the palate with a touch of leather on the finish. The retrohale sees additional notes of leather and red pepper giving the cigar more of a full strength feel to it.
Moving into the second third notes of raisins become dominant with some coffee and leather lingering in the background. The cigar is exceptionally smooth and medium in perceived strength until the retrohale which offers more coffee and red pepper.
Moving into the last third the cigar, the prevailing note becomes espresso with some rich chocolate on the finish. The leather still remains on the retrohale which sees black pepper and more coffee. The cigar is well balanced with a lingering finish that is mouthwatering.
The Finish: Available in three wrappers, the Garofalo La Famiglia offers something for everyone one. For those keeping score the Sun Grown got a 95, Maduro a 94, and Connecticut a 93. If you listen to our podcast, you would know David prefers cigars on the mild side, but I wouldn’t classify any of the three offerings as a mild, which I applaud him for stepping outside the box when coming up with an addition to the Garofalo line along with Nick Perdomo. The Maduro is rich, balanced and offers a great profile to serve as an after dinner smoke.
Price: $9.99 / $191.99