Casa Magna

Casa Magna Colorado Lancero

Let me start by saying that even though this cigar will count as my lancero review of the month and will be a contestant in the ‘lancero of the year’ list that I will compile at the end of the year, officialy this is not a lancero. It’s called a lancero, it looks like a lancero, and it comes close to a lancero but the size is not a classic lancero size with a length that is an inch longer and a ring gauge that’s also slightly thicker than what’s considered industry standard for a lancero (7 1/2×38 vs 8 1/2×40 for this Casa Magna Lancero). It’s actually an old size used by Manolo Quesada and back then the name was ‘largo delgado’ which translates to “long skinny”. I still count it as a lancero because the size differences are only minor unlike the Alec Bradley (‘everything is bigger in’) Texas Lancero (7×70).


Casa Magna is a cooperation between the Quesada family, who are well known and respected cigar makers from the Dominican Republic and the Plasencia family from Nicaragua. That Manuel Quesada got the Cigar Journal Lifetime Achievement award last september at the award dinner at Intertabac is a testament to their accomplishments and knowledge. In 2008 they shook the world by becoming the no.1 on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 with this blend and that for a cigar that would usually be featured on the yearly ’top budget cigars’. This all Nicaraguan blend hit the right spot and became an international hit, with offsprings as the Casa Magna Oscuro (from Honduras), Casa Magna Domus Magnus series and most recently a Dominican made Casa Magna. The Casa Magna Lancero was released in 2011 but with a MSRP that was much higher than the other Casa Magna vitola’s at $12.95 and came in boxes of 7 to keep the box price below $100. I reviewed the cigar back in 2011, when it wasn’t for sale in The Netherlands and with my old scores in my old apartment, time for a new try, this time in my man cave, with my 100 point scoring system and cigars legally bought in The Netherlands where they were for sale for a limited time.


The cigar looks great, a nice dark and oily wrapper with a few minor veins, a closed foot and a lovely little pigtail. A well printed ring with quite some details on thick paper. If you scan the ring it looks simple but when you pay more attention you notice all small details and since I started paying more attention to the cigar rings I seem to enjoy the cigars a little more, maybe because of the appreciation of the pieces of art that cigar rings can be. The aroma is amazing, its like walking deep inside a forest in the fall with the smell of fermenting leafs, moss, animals and the aroma is quite strong. Construction wise I don’t have any complaints either, the cigar seems evenly filled and since a lancero is one of the harder vitolas to roll I take my hat off to the roller responsible.


The cigar is too thin to punch so I cut the cigar with my Xikar butterfly cutter. The cold draw is a little tough with a little bit of wood and quite some pepper. I used my soft flame to light the cigar. Right from the start I taste coffee with some salt and plenty of pepper. After a few puffs I also taste a little honey sweetness. The coffee goes away, I now taste earthy flavors and some chocolate with chilies. The flavors are very vibrant as you can expect from a cigar with a great filler wrapper ratio as a lancero. Just like the aroma, the flavors remind me of autumn.

After a third I still taste the earthy flavors with pepper but now with something I would describe as autumn leafs. I also taste some salt and a little licorice. The pepper gets stronger and is now the main flavor. On the background I also taste some vanilla. Slowly I also taste a nice wood flavor, oak. Some puffs later I also taste some citrus. The pepper is still the main flavor though, strong and powerful.


The draw is great, better than in the cold draw and since the lancero is so difficult to make again my hat off to the roller. The smoke is white, relatively thick and a decent amount of it. The ash is salt and pepper colored, a bit frayed too. The burn is quite good, not razor sharp, but still good. The cigar is full bodied, full flavored. I really enjoyed this cigar for almost 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Once I’m out I’ll try to find another box, I still have a full one though.

Score: 91

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Casa Magna Colorado churchill

I smoked all sizes of the Casa Magna Colorado that are available in The Netherlands, but never this Churchill as we can’t get this one on our little part of the world. Too bad, as I like to smoke churchills when I have plenty of time and I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado series. I got this cigar from a friend who bought them online in the USA.
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The wrapper is nice and dark, oily and shiny with a few thin veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste spicy and sharp herbs.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavour with herbs and a mild sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood, coffee, herbs and chocolate with some sweetness on the background. After an inch I taste wood with herbs and a little bit of chocolate. The flavors are full but smooth. Halfway the chocolate gets a little bitter, but pleasant bitter. The wood with herbs are now a background flavour.
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After two thirds that earth flavour from the start returns with a little bit of pepper and a very pleasant nut flavour. The nut flavour disappears too soon and the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a medium amount but thick smoke. This ful flavoured and full bodied cigar has a beautiful burn and a firm salt & pepper colored ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus optimus

I am a fan of the Casa Magna Colorado cigars and I was looking forward to the limited edition Casa Magna Domus Magnus. I bought a optimus for € 6.00 here in The Netherlands. The optimus is the smaller of the two box pressed cigars in the Domus Magnus line, with a 5¾x54 size. The cigar has a nice pigtail and a colorful band, prettier than the normal Casa Magna bands and the foot band is tasteful too.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper has a milk chocolate color with a few minor veins and a nice box pressed shape. I smell wood. The construction feels great. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor, strong like espresso with a little bit of cacao far on the background and a fresh aftertaste. After half an inch I taste wood with some herbs and a mild sweetness. There is also a hint of nut flavors on the palate. The herbs slowly grow in strength and they become a bit sharp. After an inch I taste sharp herbs with wood and some cacao, the flavors are dry
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Halfway I taste spicy and mild acidic wood with some herbs and on the background a little bit of cacao. The acidity is a bit metallic. After almost two thirds some nuts join the flavors and I taste a little bit of white pepper on the background. Near the end I taste coffee and pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver gray ash is firm. The cigar had a great burn. It is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I enjoyed this cigar.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna colorado lancero

This cellophane wrapped extra long 8½x40 lancero is a special edition, more expensive than the regular Casa Magna Colorado cigars. The mrps is $ 12,95. It is not for sale in The Netherlands yet. The foot of the cigar is uncut, the wrapper is folded over the end.
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The beautiful, leather like wrapper is quite dark and oily. It is shiny too, it looks like a thin layer of laquer, that’s how it shines. I see a few thin veins. I smell a straw and chocolate smell. The construction feels good. the predraw is fine too and tastes like dry tobacco.
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I taste coffee with black pepper and after a quarter of an inch I taste wood instead of the coffee with some pepper and herbs. The pepper slowly becomes the main flavor. After two inch I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. After a third the herbs are getting stronger while the pepper loses some strength.
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Halfway I taste a mild bitter flavor but fortunately it disappears quickly, maybe I smoked too fast. After two thirds the cigar gets spicier and the pepper turns black. With an inch and a half to go I reach the turning point of the cigar.
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This cigar lasted me for two and a half hours. The draw is great, just like the burn. The white ash is quite coarse and not firm at all. The smoke is medium, both in thickness and in volume. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna colorado salomon

This 6½x56 Casa Magna Colorado salomon is the latest addition to the Casa Magna Colorado series. It is not available in The Netherlands yet, but I expect that that will change soon enough so all my fellow countrymen can smoke this beautiful shaped cigar.
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Like I said, the cigar is beautifully shaped. but the dark and oily wrapper does have some veins. I smell a mild barnyard. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin with a white pepper aftertaste.
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I taste an earthy flavor with some wood, herbs and a peppery aftertaste. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and herbs with a little bit of sigar. After half an inch I also taste some chocolate on the background. The cigar slowly becomes peppery.

 

After an inch I taste leather and earth with some wood and herbs. The aftertaste is peppery. Some puffs later I mainly taste wood with some chocolate and herbs. The aftertaste is still peppery. Halfway I taste wood, nutmeg, herbs and a metallic flavor, all very nice. After two thirds I taste wood with herbs, the herbs are mild fresh and I get pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and the burn is ok. The smoke starts out poor but gets better along the way, slowly it gets thick and white. The peper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna Colorado extraordinairio

I smoked quite a few Casa Magna recently, like thetorito, the pikito, the oscuro robusto and some time ago the 2008 cigar of the year, the robusto. Now I reviewed the latest Casa Magna to arrive in The Netherlands, the Colorado Extraordinario, a 7⅝x58 figurado which has a 6 euro price tag in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a medium dark, oily and shiny wrapper with some veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and mild spicy.
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I taste a lot of pepper and wood with a tiny bit of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. The flavors are dry and the combination is a bit weird but nice. The aftertaste is full of herbal flavors and pepper with some dark chocolate.
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After a third I taste some coffee and earthy flavors with herbs and again, dark chocolate. Halfway I taste cedar and chocolate with herbs. The cigar slowly gains some strength. After two thirds I taste herbs, quite spicy and some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times though in the beginning. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I already did

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Casa Magna Colorado torito

The Casa Magna Colorado is a new cigar on the Dutch market and available in several sizes, including this Torito, a 4¾x60 fatty. I smoked the robusto a few months ago thanks to an American friend and the pikito about a week ago and I liked both.
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As I already said, this is a short and fat smoke, a bit like Danny DeVito but less annoying. The dark wrapper is shiny and oily with a lot of small veins. The band is nice. The cigar doesn’t have a strong odor, I smell a little bit of wood. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste wood and raisin.
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I taste a lot of herbs with some wood and a sweetness. The flavors are creamy and the sweetness disappears. After half an inch I also taste some nuts and chocolate. After an inch I get more wood and chocolate and close the middle of the cigar I get a dark chocolate flavor.
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After the middle I don’t taste herbs anymore except in the aftertaste. Wood and chocolate are the main flavors. After two thirds I taste nuts with a hint of chocolate but the chocolate disappears. I am left with nuts and herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and I got a lot of smoke that was a bit thin, but not too thin. The construction is wonderful as the light colored ash is mega firm, it didn’t break at all. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the Pikito better

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 9 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Casa Magna Colorado pikito

Casa Magna is a collaboration of Nestor Plascencia and Manuel Quesada and the brand caused quite some stir when they were named Cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado in 2008. The pikito is a petit corona, 4¾x42, and that is not a size I smoke regularly but with a € 3.00 price tag I couldn’t resist. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with a rare Cuban seed ligero wrapper.
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I like the band, it goes great with the dark, oily and shiny, veinless, wrapper. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The predraw leaves a wood and straw flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a full, spicy and peppery earth flavor with a mild sweet wood flavor on the background. The cigar is really spicy and the background flavors transform into chocolate and wood. After half an inch the cigar gets sweeter and I taste the pepper in the back of my throat. I also taste a hint of nuts. The sweetness turns into chocolate.
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The pepper fades a bit, but not completely. The cigar is mild sweet with wood and some pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I get more sweetness with some wood and earth, it is a strange mix of flavors but well balanced. I also get a unique chocolate flavor as a support.
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This small cigar has a smoke time of seventy five minutes. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw is great, but like the burn. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t see why not.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Casa Magna robusto

Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year 2008. In a big fat 5 1/2 x 52 robusto version. Made by Nestor Plasensia & Manuel Quesada in Plasencia’s Segovia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan tobacco with a Colorado wrapper. I got this cigar in a bomb from Joetownhound.
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The wrapper is nice, dark & oily with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the band is quite nice. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and releases some pepper.
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I can taste a nice spicy coffee, lots of flavor, and soon a sour taste for a brief moment. The coffee slowly turns into wood and remains spicy. The flavors is a bit less then at the beginning.
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After an inch I can taste some dry leather with some wood. Halfway I discover a chocolate aftertaste and the leather is gone. The chocolate disappears too and all I can taste is the spicy, peppery wood flavor. At the 2/3r mark chocolate makes a comeback but disappears just as quick. Near the end the cigar gets stronger.
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I get a decent amount of smoke. The draw is fine, but the burn is a little crooked. The ash is very light colored and pretty firm. I liked this cigar, it’s more than decent, but cigar of the year? I don’t think so
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I wouldn’t mind smoking it again, but it depends on the price.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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