This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video! This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.
And Part III:
This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.
A cigar this flavorful, this complex manages to stand out among the crowd. I did the original video reviews back in 2012 and have had a chance to revisit the blend. It’s hard to describe, even funny if you follow my career as a romance author, because I have no words. It’s truly an amazing cigar.
For other reviews:
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum
Don Cervantes Tres Maduro
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Gold
More about ACC Cigars
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.
Max Myers continues talking to Pure Indulgence about the Don Cervantes cigars, charity and worker treatment in the Ecuadorian Factory while we enjoyed the Masterpiece Platinum. Review here
The interview was conducted in November of 2010 for Radio Dentata‘s Pure Indulgence at the Occidental Cigar Club
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Max and I hung out at Occidental Cigar Club in San Francisco in October. This is the first part of a five part interview.
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.
Picked this up at Grants today. It’s a 5X54 sized vitola with a dark maduro wrapper from the fine folks at JC Newman.
On the prelight, toasty aromas and typical tobacco drift towards the nose in a pleasing fashion. After cutting the cap I lit the cigar and drew in flavors of cocoa, roasted coffee that wafted across the palate. The flavors were subdued with undertones of creamy milk chocolate. The structure of the flavor profile is solid as is the draw and construction.
This paired well with the inexpensive brandy from the flask. The sweetness and floral notes of the brandy emphasized sweetness on this Dominican cigars from the Arturo Fuente/JC Newman family.
Honestly, I prefer the Maximus, the line they came out with ten years later. The Diamond Crown was released in 1990 to honor the 100th Anniversary of Standford Newman.
Stanford Newman’s dream became a reality when Diamond Crown cigars debuted in the early 1990’s. Today the cigar is as popular as ever. It features a Connecticut wrapper that is absolutely seamless over a smooth Dominican filler. The cigar is mild to medium-bodied, and very creamy and flavorful. Without a doubt, Diamond Crown is one of the best made premium cigars being made in the Dominican Republic
While I prefer the Maximus, for a $17 cigar, this is a good value for thsoe seeking exceptional quality when they are looking to up their standard of The Good Life!