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Cigar Review: La Madrina

La Madrina









“With La Madrina, we’re giving a whole new meaning to the term “Killin it”. The lines artwork draws heavy inspiration from the beauty and darkness of Santa Muerte. 

The Cigars capture of complexity and intense strength by utilizing five different tobaccos from five countries. Be warned, this Cigare is not for the faint of heart”






Raul Disla’s spent a lifetime in Tobacco. As a young man in the Dominican republic, Raul started his journey working the tobacco fields and the all important pre-industrial at Cuevas y Torano.

After 10 years of doing this he was put in charge of all phases of Tobacco selection, production, and processing. He was later moved to the position of cigar roller and after several years he became a Master Torcedor.



After working for Davidoff as a Torcedor he was offered a position to re-join Torano as head of operations at Toronto’s Nica Habano factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. From there Raul was hired by British American tobacco to travel the world showcasing their prestigious Dunhill brand and later hired by AJ Fernandez as factory manager in his immense Esteli operation.

Today he is the production manager at NACSA and oversees all aspects of a Tobacalera which employees 1,200 plus workers and producers as many as 4,000 handmade premium cigars daily.



“La Madrina is a product of Raul and my collaboration and his 25 years of mastery in tobacco. It’s extreme strength and balanced complexity truly encompass everything I love in a full strength cigar.

The presentation is my own take on a Santa Muerte theme combined with old School cigar art. Every time I smoke the cigar it’s a reminder to me of both the beauty and intensity in life and death”.



  • 5.62 x 46
  • 5.62 x 50
  • 5.25 x 54




The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is light brown in color with heavy tooth, seam and vein. Rolled in the Robusto format it has a wide open foot visually loaded with filler tobacco and a thick rounded triple cap.

The artwork on the label draws heavy from Santa Muerte with a skeleton hand holding a red rose. The motif is surrounded by an intricate gold design that leads all the way to the back. Pre light aroma had notes of sweet natural tobacco, corn bread and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather spice, chocolate and malt.





A warm cedar aroma of the toasted foot. Flavors of thick chocolate, malt, cedar and leather. Background flavors of raw cinnamon and floral.

An even keel of mild to medium black pepper covers the palate with an aftertaste of coffee. The retro is an interesting quick burn of black and white pepper with a long evolution of coffee and mocha.

  • Thick Chocolate
  • Malt
  • Cedar
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Floral
  • Black Pepper/Med




Entering cruise control burn flavors of semi sweet dark chocolate, leather, cinnamon raw with nuances of bitter cocoa bean. The background aftertaste flavors are predominantly leather with a cocoa powder sweetness.

The spicy element has decreased to a black table pepper dusting balancing in with the leathery and cocoa flavors. The finish is long, sweet and mildly spicy. The retro has increased with a longer sting of gritty white pepper with an evolution of chocolate mocha and coffee.

  • Dark Semi Sweet Chocolate
  • Leather
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Cocoa Bean/Bitter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Black Table Pepper Dusting




In the final third some burnt wood nuances accompany flavors of semi sweet dark chocolate, leather, raw cinnamon and cedar char. Background flavors remain predominantly leathery with nuances of raw walnuts and smoked almonds.

The spicy element decreased in cruise control and hasn’t budged, mild to med black table pepper balancing in with a leather spice is creating an interesting aftertaste. The retro has remained full with an upper level sting of gritty white pepper evolving into flavors of coffee and chocolate mocha.

  • Dark Chocolate Semi Sweet
  • Leather
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Cedar/Char
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Black Pepper/Mild/Med
  • White Pepper/Gritty evolving into flavors of Coffee, Chocolate Mocha




CONSTRUCTION: Good, solid feel packed with fillers

BURN: Slightly dipped on the back side with the front portion burning straight on the black carbon line

ASH: Dark grayish white, smooth and solid holding tight past the inch point and tapping off with ease

CUT: v cut all three examples

DRAW: Perfect milkshake type resistance producing adequate smoke output


STRENGTH: Solid upper MEDIUM /FULL bodied wheelhouse with a myriad of FULL unique flavors



Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3 

Cigar Smoke rate: 91

Size: 5 x 54 Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuador/ La Meca/ Cuban Seed Habano/ Oliva Tobacco Co.

Binder: Mexican/ San Andres/ San Andres de los Perros S.A. de C.V.

Filler: Nicaraguan/ Esteli/ Guadalupe/ Oliva Tobacco Co.

Nicaraguan/ Jalapa/ Cofradia Relleno/ Oliva Tobacco Co.

Dominican/ Habano 92 (Ligero) / Oliva Tobacco Co.

U.S/ Pennsylvania Broadleaf (Ddl Ligero)/ Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co.

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Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
Toar Campbell

2 Responses to “Cigar Review: La Madrina”

  • Avatar Jose:

    Hello, I read the name Raúl Disla. I met him years ago; a good friend form RD and an excellent Master Cigar. What about him? I lost contact.

    Thank you,

    José Hernández

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Last I saw was 2016. Raul Disla, brother of Esteban Disla of Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A., was made production manager. I don’t know if he is still there.

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