Micallef Grande Bold – Mata Fina Cigar Review

Today we will be reviewing the Micallef Grande Bold Mata Fina Cigar, by Micallef Cigars, from up around Fort Worth, Texas.

pic of me holding Micallef cigar with my computer In the background

This probably won’t be a long post, but as I found out, this is a worthy cigar.

The story behind how I came by this stick is in my post: San Antonio Cigar Shops – On Another Adventure. I talk about how I met Brandon Luna, the rep for Micallef Cigars and how I got these cigars.

The Story Behind Micallef Cigars

Al Micallef is a business man, who has seen success in multiple business ventures.

He also smokes cigars and while enjoying a stick at the Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas, Joel and Edel Gomez Sanchez broke down right in front of the place.

The Sanchez’ spent 3 days with Al and others and revealed that they were Cuban and had a family tobacco business, dating back to their grandfather Pedro F Gomez started in 1934.

They had since moved the business and carried on the family tradition in Valle De San Andres in Veracruz, Mexico.

On a side note: I have been to San Andres, 3 years ago on a motorcycle ride. I was looking for cigars (not easy to find in Mexico). That is where I first discovered and fell in love with San Andres tobacco.

So any how, when the Sanchez’ got ready to leave Fort Worth, Al asked them if they would make him a 1000 cigars.

When he tried to tell them what he liked in a cigar, they said, we have been watching you smoke cigars for three days and we know what you like in a cigar and we will make something you will approve of.

There is a lot more information on the site about Al and the Sanchezes and I will leave a link so you can look it up!

What About This Cigar

The Grande Bold Mata Fina is a medium to full flavor cigar.

There are 5 vitolas and the one that I smoked was a Gordo 5×56

The Wrapper is Brazilian, the binder Nicaraguan and the filler Nicaraguan

I started smoking at 6:02 PM and finished at 7:16 leaving a burn time of 1:14

The Mata Fina consists of a dark oily wrapper, with tight seems, very small veins and a triple cap.

The Experience

Smell: Earthy (barn yard), chocolate

Cold Draw: Earthy (barn yard), chocolate, pepper on the lips

Burn: nice and even throughout, not touch ups or relights

Draw: Nice draw throughout

Flavor: Earthy (barn yard) essence of chocolate, hint of butterscotch that faded early on, pepper on the tongue that faded early, smooth and creamy throughout, not real complex

Notes: Nice smooth burning cigar, not real complex but a cigar that I would smoke daily.

Relatively New

These folks have only been around for a couple years, they started in 2017, but they seem to be available in a lot of places. I know that I have seen them at Finks and Tabak Haus and they are readily available on line.

They have 12 faces and plans to introduce more.

I Really Liked The Meta Fina

I really did enjoy the Micallef Grande Bold – Meta Fina. I had talked to a few people about them and they didn’t seem real impressed, but like I said, I could smoke this stick every day, of course I smoke at least 5 sticks a day.

Well till next time folks. Please drop some comments, suggestions or questions in the space below.

Light em up!

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