Created by industry talent Rafael Nodal, the man behind Aging Room, and the owner of Boutique Blends, this new line extension provides cigar lovers with a new experience.
The Oliveros line I’d smoked a few years back and while thought the line was solid, was unimpressed, but that may just be my tastes. This cigar, on the other hand, was a definite winner.
The pre-light draw shows leather along with spice and that rich raisin or plum. Lots of chocolate too.
The initial light is a good mix of tobacco, wood, light nuanced spice and maybe cocoa. The leather/cedar combo makes for interesting taste with a background of something floral. Then the taste changes to wood.
Then the taste sweetness up. Not cloyingly but more muted.
About the beginning of the second third, the spice is light but present. The cigar had a great burn and draw, along with a solid feel in the hand.
The final third grew in intensity but wasn’t over the top. More prominent pepper and more floral, almost like wintergreen
I picked up this cigar in an assortment for a really good deal from the fine folks at Tampa Humidor and I must say, the unknown sampler bags are out of this world in value. You have to make sure you can get them, as they tend to fly off the shelves quickly.
Anyway, the La Jugada cigar was new to me. Moya Ruiz cigars makes this powerhouse of a cigar and I must admit, the overall impression of it left me wanting more of them.
The prelight draw has a really sweet taste o it. Light and free I expect the draw to be very good. The cigar feels light in the hand.
The first few puffs are really wood heavy with pepper on the back end. The Habano wrapper flavor really comes through wot almost loam? Smoke in the mouth is rather thick.
The second third continues with the same, flavors being consistent and balancing out with white pepper coming out on top and continue into the final bit of the cigar. I’d also detected some cashew notes, almond notes.
Overall, this is going to be a cigar I keep in my regular rotation.
That’s how George Rodrigo, head Amigo at Rodrigo cigars greets his customers. And I’ve gotta say, I’m glad to be an amigo here.
The prelight draw coated my mouth with chocolate raisin flavored air. I suspected this new blend was going to be interesting. So far, only a few cigars have I had, gave raisin notes – more likely were dark fruits.
The initial draw is good. Cigar is a little harder than I expected but presentation has no major veins or flaws. Sweet but pronounced wood flavors start the palate off along with almost milk chocolate?
The construction is solid with a mostly even burn. The line had to be corrected once but after that, it burned well. The first third showed strong white pepper but that dissipated as the cigar burned down to the second third.
The final third, that’s where that red chili pepper taste emerged, a smokiness that was not boring.
Nestor Miranda Danno – a Nicaraguan blend with a broadleaf wrapper and pig tail cap. The cold draw produces flavors of light dark fruit with something mellow, maybe spice? The wrapper looks a little rough, few veins. Very dark chocolate color.
The first few puffs start off with wood flavors-the dark fruit is definitely present along with muted spice. Not that power heavy stuff one gets from cigars from My Father factory. In fact, I tasted plum on the initial few puffs.
Hints of leather appear along with a stronger sense of black pepper. This is just the first third. It actually paired well with the Laughing Skull beer (IPA) I had that night with it.
Starting the second third, the flavors give way to wood and the spice takes a back seat. The burn was slightly uneven.
The wood notes grow slightly in intensity. The smoke is cool. I was surprised at the construction. If you’ve seen my rants on FB or twitter, you’ve seen that a number of cigars close to this size I’ve smoked have been duds, a disappointment considering they’re coming from some of my favorite makers. Regular sizes (Toro, proper Churchill, etc) smoke just fine.
The final third is a mellow version of all the previous spices, chocolate and balanced bitters bonus the deep wood from earlier. The burn line self corrected. Overall, a well made, tasty release with plenty of complexity from Nestor Miranda.
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.
This is definitely a treat of a cigar for those who want something extra special in their humidors. At just over four inches, this 35 minute smoke packs a ton of flavor. Great construction with a tight white ash that held firm. The taste was smooth and silky, but not as sensual as the Padron 1964. Still a treat, especially when paired with Glenfiddich 12 year.