Matilde Oscura marks the second release by newcomer Matilde Cigar Co., a brand that has held the attention of media and consumers alike since its introduction in late 2013. This is due, in large part, to the roster of Matilde, which was the creation of industry veteran José Seijas—a man responsible for creating some of the most recognizable blends in the world. José and his son Ricardo have revived an old Dominican brand (La Matilde) for this venture—using Seijas’ 40+ years of industry experience to bring this worn Dominican name to the modern smoker.

In 2014, Matilde introduced the Renacer, their first release; one year later, they’ve followed up Renacer with Oscura, a dark, Mexican-wrapped oscuro. As with their first release, the cigars are crafted (for now) at Matilde’s own Tabacalera la Matilde factory in the Dominican Republic. Matilde has opted for a broad, multi-national blend, spanning 5 countries for this release. This includes the use of Pennsylvanian tobacco in the filler, something that hasn’t been incorporated very often in Dominican blends.

Before we continue, we have to be upfront—this cigar was named our #8 cigar of the year for 2015. It’s safe to say most members of the Cigar Dojo staff enjoyed Oscura.

SEE ALSO: Matilde Renacer Corona cigar review

Matilde Oscura cigar

Matilde Oscura Breakdown

  • Wrapper: San Andrés Mexican
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican Republic | Nicaragua | USA
  • Factory: Tabacalera la Matilde (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular release
  • Vitola: 5¼” x 50 Robusto
  • Price: $7.50

The new Oscura very closely resembles the brand’s first release—using the same, understated, wooden boxes—this time painted green (as opposed to the original’s natural wood) to match the cigar’s band. The band bares the same “S” logo (Seijas), taking the shape of leaves draped around the shape of a woman. The look really catches your eye, as the logo is highlighted with gold, contrasting against the primarily-matte-finished green band. There is also a sub-band with the same design, displaying the “Oscura” name. The sizes closely resemble the Renacer’s vitolas, with slight ring gauge tweaks and skipping the 6×60 Grande size (at least for now).

The cigar’s wrapper is dark with a muted sheen, which looks great with the matte band and golden highlights. There are no blemishes and the seams are practically invisible, looking like a solid chunk of tobacco! The roll feels about medium packed, with some give, but feels sturdy overall. On the nose there is notes of pepper and leather. And with a very clean cut, there is a pleasant aged tobacco profile.

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Smoking Experience

Right away, this smoke will hit you with a heavy body and flavor. Pepper is the first thing I noticed, with a sharp zest in the nostrils. The palate is somewhat dry in texture, feeling (and tasting) like cocoa powder on the tongue. It’s a decadent profile, I almost felt like I should be pairing it with a cold glass of milk!



The draw is near-perfect, feeling about a dead-medium—which produces slightly less than a desirable smoke output—but it certainly doesn’t effect the flavors. While the profile doesn’t change in any big way, there are added notes of molasses, caramelized brown sugar, and raw fennel root (in the retrohale) weaved throughout the second-third.

Matilde Oscura robusto cigar review

One of the most noticeably favorable aspects of the Oscura is its balance—there’s never too much of a certain flavor, or any harsh or unwanted qualities. In the last portion of the smoke, the full flavors are met with an increasing strength/body, which are around medium-full. Notes of oak, cinnamon, acidic coffee, and chicory balance out the end out the smoke, helping to keep things interesting from start to finish. This was a very interesting profile, offering a great balance of decadent, heavy chocolate sweetness against sharper notes of organic elements, with lots of oaks and root-like aspects—a great change of pace from today’s average maduro.

Matilde Oscura cigar review smoke

Would I smoke this cigar again?

No doubt about it. As I mentioned, the cigar ranked in our 2015 year-end list, and I’ll tell you—I smoked my fair share of these bad boys for testing. And I’ll tell you another thing—I’ll continue to smoke these as long as they’re in my possession!

Matilde Oscura cigar review and rating

Matilde Oscura
Matilde offers up a promising second release with the Oscura. It's no secret that maduros are more of a Nicaraguan game in today's market and it's nice to see Matilde providing a dark smoke with Dominican sophistication. As with their first release (Renacer), the Oscura offers a tremendous value that we can easily recommend as a box purchase. At around $7, these could very well become your next go-to smoke in the dark-shade arena.
Appearance90%
Burn/Construction94%
Draw93%
Flavor93%
Complexity90%
Price/Value94%
Pros
  • Fantastic construction (no touchups)
  • Decadent flavors with slow & steady progression
  • Tremendous price value
Cons
  • Could use a bigger smoke output
92%Decadent
Reader Rating: (7 Votes)
92%
  • Mike

    Tried the Toro Bravo.
    First cigar was great. A top 5 for me. Second cigar (about an month older) was less flavorful and had burn issues. Are they known to be inconsistent? I felt cheated on the second cigar, after having such a great experience the first go around?
    Full disclosure… I enjoy a Mex S.A. wrapper very much.

    • I haven’t experienced inconsistencies with Matilde, but keep in mind no manufacturer can produce perfect consistency – not even the ultra elite like Fuente. I’d give it another shot if I were you and maybe try switching up the size.

  • stickman

    I tried two of the Toro Bravos, and both had serious draw issues – way too stiff and very stingy smoke. I have great respect for the Sumatra Samurai’s palate; I’m just disappointed that I didn’t get to experience the excellent flavors described in this review.

    • Hey stickman, thanks for checking out the review. Sorry you had a bad experience with yours, I wouldn’t say I had a bad draw, but it sure wasn’t the cigar’s strong point, and the smoke output wasn’t fantastic either. Maybe try a different size before you give up on this one.

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