In the mid-1990s the name of Indian showed up in the cigar industry. Philip Zanghi had the rights to the name, as his father owned the motorcycle company. He teamed up with entertainment lawyer Rocky Patel to form Indian Tabac. Many people thought the name was chosen because of Patel’s Indian ancestry, but that had nothing to do with it. In 2002, Zanghi and Patel parted ways, Patel used the Indian Tabac name until 2012.
Three years later, Zanghi reclaimed the rights to the Indian trademark. He then created two Indian Motorcycle blends, a Habano and a Maduro blend. Both lines are made on the Dominican Republic, at De Los Reyes. That’s is also the factory where Zanghi’s other brand, Debonaire is being produced. The company is slowly expanding its presence in Europe by adding distributors in more country each year.
Name: Indian Motorcycles Maduro
Country: Dominican Republic
Factory: De Los Reyes
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf (USA)
Binder: Dominican San Vincente
Filler: Central America
Price: € 9,00 (The Netherlands)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: two hours twenty minutes
Purchased at Primera Grooteman
The dark, Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper looks and feels like fine leather. The binder has a few bumps that show through the wrapper. The ring is gorgeous, a faded look with the Indian logo on metallic red. It screams Americana. The cigar feels well constructed and has a strong aroma of hay, pepper and farm animals.
The cold draw is flawless and has a unique flavor, Dutch chewy spiced honey cake dolls. Once lit, the cigar has a leathery and earthy flavor with a little bit of the spices from the Dutch chewy spiced honey cake dolls. On the background, some metallic flavor is lingering. There’s also some citrus and cane sugar sweetness, both mild though. The metallic and leather are strong, with caramel and gingerbread as supporting flavors. The second third starts spicy with leather, wood, and pepper. The mouthfeel is dry. Halfway the flavors are leather, caramel, dark chocolate, and hay. The pepper is slowly getting stronger, and gingerbread returns. The final third starts with gingerbread, cinnamon, and pepper and slowly evolves to pepper and wood.
The draw is close to perfect with a straight burn and white dense ash. The smoke is medium in thickness and volume at first but becomes thicker and fuller along the way. This is a medium-full bodied, medium-full flavored cigar with a smoke time of two hours and twenty minutes