I'm not much for house cigars. They're typically not quite up to par with their more premium partners (as you'd expect). Whenever I sit down with a stick to enjoy a couple of hours of my day, I tend to prefer something well-built, tasty, and that's going to be something to enjoy.
So, when Bradley Reith from Zeal Cigar in Arizona reached out to me about his house brand 556 Maduro, I was a little…. hesitant? Today I'm smoking the Zeal Cigars House 556 Maduro in a Churchill.
Brand: Zeal Cigars
Line: 556 Maduro
Size: 7 x 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Let's start off talking about the favors of the Zeal Cigars House 556 Maduro. While they were good flavors, I wish they'd been more integrated. Instead of separate flavors like on a plate, I wanted them to be mixed as if they were in a bowl. Perhaps some additional aging would help with that.
Despite a slightly tight draw, the build quality on the 556 Maduro was really good. The burn was also very even through the entire smoke.
While this cigar wasn't my favorite, the Zeal 556 Maduro is still a very solid budget cigar, and I'd smoke it again. And, I wouldn't mind having a few more in my humidor. For these reasons, the Zeal Cigars House 556 Maduro Churchill earns a CigarScore 3.