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That Old Black Magic

Maduros created using time-honored methods are sparking a rebirth for the mysterious dark-wrapper cigars
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Sharon Stone, July/Aug 2004

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Thankfully, the process of painting and rushing maduros to market was far more prevalent during the cigar boom than it is now. Most of today's maduros are the product of a great deal of patience and know-how on the part of the cigarmakers and tobacco growers responsible for the product. If you sit down tonight and light up a maduro cigar, there's a good chance that its outer leaf was planted in the ground many years ago.

"I have enjoyed cigar smoking for 40 years—moving from machine to handmade non-Cubans to Cubans when I can afford it. I'll always take a maduro when I have the choice as I find them fuller and more interesting in flavor," writes new poster Fodya on "I would probably smoke less if maduros went off the market."

Happily for Fodya—and other cigar smokers—there's little chance of that ever happening.

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