My first experience with Quesada cigars goes back to my early days when I’d picked up a Fonseca and had fallen in love with a good, well rounded medium bodied cigar at the time.
As I progressed in my cigar adventures, I’ve discovered many other blends, (Casa Magna, Don Cervantes Presidente to name a few) and as of late?
The Holiday Keg – The theme stemmed from Quesada’s mastery of cigars blended to pair perfectly with popular beer styles with the introduction of the Quesada Oktoberfest in 2011. In 2015, Quesada moved from Märzen-style beers to Irish Stouts, unleashing a dark, Nicaraguan blend packaged in miniature, wooden kegs.
I’d grabbed a five pack from Cigarplace.biz and decided to take a few to Highland Cigar Company. The cigar’s size is an easy 6X50. Firm feel in the hand, medium brown wrapper with little to no veins and a pleasant, yet pungent cool draw greet the smoker.
The first bit I’d noticed about the cigar was the stronger profile. Yes, it was definitely something I’d pair with a stout but it didn’t hold on with an overpowering flavor profile which would normally drown out a beer or be drowned out by one.
Naturally I chose whiskey…High West American Prairie to be exact. (Thanks Clifton)
It worked out actually because the cigar’s taste had lots of cocoa and spice, along with copious amounts of smoke. It remained consistent the entire hour and ten that it took me to smoke it. Definitely medium in body, it was quite tasty with an equally pleasing medium finish.
This is definitely another hit for Quesada that has me anxious for what they’ll come up with for 2017!
Since 2011, MATASA has been consistent with putting out the new seasonal edition of Quesada’s Oktoberfest cigar – and this year’s release was quite special.
The 6X60 sized Dominican puro I purchased at Highland Cigar Company here in Atlanta, the cigar paired with several of the local dark beers on tap or in bottle format. The cigar itself had been repackaged and new sizes had been introduced from previous years.
The cigar has considerable heft in the fingers and a chocolate wrapper with a few veins. The pre-light draw has dark fruit flavors like plums and stone fruit.
A glorious amount of smoke comes from the foot upon lighting and the flavors are complex. The first third starts off with mulled wine flavors that pick up white pepper along the way. It has a soft muted flavor to it that is definitely reminiscent of good craft beer. Dark beer.
The cigar turns woodsy then with solid pepper but finishes with a modest subtleness I really enjoyed.
I understand that MATASA made a limited release humidor to commemorate this release also.
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed
Size: Gran Toro – 6X60
I picked up a flight sampler a few weeks back from CI and had a chance to try something new from Casa Magna.
The wrapper is a beautiful, reddish brown with a few veins.
The pre-light draw tastes of sweetness and spice, something I’m familiar with and a fan of, concerning Casa Magna. The Colorado is a long time favorite and I’m beginning to lean toward the “Manuel Quesada can do no wrong” camp.
Upon lighting, the cigar starts off with hints of white pepper and a smooth taste. The draw is solid and consistent. I make sure to mention this because this is more or less (to me) a value cigar and like so many value cigars, possesses the potential to either disappoint, or be a very solid cigar. The construction was solid, the cigar feeling like a cigar should in the hand. Not too tight, nor was it rolled loosely. The cigar actually had heft in it.
This cigar gave me about an hour and a half of smoking time, with a mostly even burn that corrected itself after a short touch up. The flavors mellowed and the white pepper became less intense over the course of smoking, but overall, this cigar is a solid stick.
When it comes to a robust cigar, I used to think of stuff that was too strong initially. JdN, LfD, etc. The problem I had as a beginning cigar smoker was the nicotine kick overpowered the flavors and I often got light headed.
Not so with this release from Manuel Quesada. Casa Magna Colorado features a Cuban Ligero seed Colorado wrapper, Viso and Ligero fillers from Nicaragua, this cigar starts off with plenty of balanced spices.
The packaging is elegant, yet simple at the same time. The large band is striking and lets you know you’re smoking something with heft.
A good bit through the cigar is a plethora of earthy notes combined with the spice. The smoke to me smells rugged, in a really good way. As in, no one will mistake this cigar for something else, because it’s just that good.
Even better, the cigar burns really slow. The draw is excellent. This is one to be a permanent staple in any respectable cigar smoker’s rotation.