Quesada Cigars

Quesada Cigars

DM 24KT Golden torpedo

When I was looking for a new house I only had one thing that was non negotiable, the house had to have room for a man cave with walk-in humidor, so when I bought my house that was the room that was finished first. My boss knows I’m a cigar geek, that’s the reason he hired me, and gave me a cool housewarming gift. For the last 18 months I’ve been waiting for the right time to smoke it and last Monday was that night. It was my birthday, it was raining outside, my girlfriend is a 13 hour flight away so I could use a ‘pick me up’ moments. That’s Anthony Bourdain’s no reservations Singapore on YouTube, as I’m going there soon, and this DM 24KT golden torpedo 2011, a gold plated torpedo made by Quesada for humidor maker turned cigar brand owner Daniel Marshall.


The cigar comes in a coffin which mentions the website thegoldencigar.com, a website that shows up black on my iPhone and iPad. When you pay so much attention to the cigar, why use such a simple and ugly band? And why mention a website that doesn’t work on mobile devices?  The cool thing is that the gold plating is so thin you can see the veins. Construction feels good but the gold makes it hard to smell anything. Wetting the cap for the cut is a bit of a weird sensation, a weird metallic taste. The cut cap looks cool tough and the predraw is fine yet flavorless, only if I focus real hard I taste a metallic taste and some pepper, but it’s all faint.


Once lit I taste toasty peppery flavors but soon there is some sweetness too. And of course a metallic flavor, but that’s no surprise. After a centimeter I taste a weird wooden flavor, still with that metals undertone. After a third it’s spicy again, like red pepper with the metallic flavor and the wood.
The wood gets stronger, and I get a toast flavor again, of course with the metal. Halfway the toast disappears again with the pepper returning. Later on the cigar gets ashy.


I get a decent amount of smoke from this cigar, pretty thick. The ash is golden, but a lighter shade than the pre burn. It looks weird, the dark ash in the inner core and the golden outside. The burn is a bit crooked, but how do you correct it? The ash is firm because of the melted gold. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. Because of the gold the cigar burns very slow, it lasted me 2 hours.

 


Would I buy this cigar again? No, it’s a $250 gimmick, but now I want to try the Royal Danish gimmick as well.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 6
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 6.5
Aroma third part: 5.5

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Quesada tributo Alvarito

The smallest of the Quesada Tributo series is the Alvarito, a 4½x40 petit corona which costed 3 euro in The Netherlands when they were still available. They are off the market now and replaced by the Quesada Espana series, here in the Netherlands.

The band is pretty, simple but stylish just like the foot band. The wrapper is dark and shiny, it looks laquered, that’s how shiny it is. The cigar has a horse stable smell and a good construction. The predraw is great and I taste dry chocolate.

I taste coffee with a hint of nutmeg. The spices slowly get stronger while the coffee disappears. After half an inch I mainly taste spices with spicy herbs and a sugar like sweetness.

After a third the spice leaves and I taste more wood with the herbs and spices. The sweetness has disappeared too. After two thirds the cigar gets quite spicy again.

This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw is a bit tight. I got plenty of medium thick smoke and a firm pepper and salt colored ash. The wrapper of this full flavoured and medium bodied cigar cracked halfway.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Quesada tributo Julio

The Quesada Tributo series was temporarily available in The Netherlands and I took the advantage to buy all four vitolas to try them. They sold quite fast but the general feedback wasn’t positive enough for the distributer to keep them in his portfolio and replaced them by the Quesada Espana series. I reviewed the three other tributo’s, the 5×50 Julio, with a 4 euro price tag, is the last one.
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The wrapper is beautiful, shiny and oily with a beautiful vein. The bands are still pretty and the construction is fine. The cigar has a smell of a barnyard and straw. The wrapper is very thick. The predraw is a bit tight and I taste smooth raisins.
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I taste coffee and earth, mild sweet. Soon I taste mild sweet leather with some citrus and after half an inch I tste some nuts. After a third I mainly taste citrus with some earth and leather as support flavour, some pepper in the aftertaste. The cigar slowlu gets more spicy. I like it.
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Halfway I also taste some chocolate on the background with citrus and leather. There is also some pepper and nut in. After two thirds the citrus has gone. I do taste a lot of nuts with some leather and earth with a small pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The smoke is ok and the dark ash is frayed, coarse but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The draw is a bit tight. The cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this tributo

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Quesada tributo Alvaro

This is the third out of the four Quesada Tributo cigars I reviewed and it’s the only torpedo. The cigar measures 6×52 and has a 5 euro price tag in The Netherlands. I like the fact that every single Quesada Tributo has a sticker on the cellophane with the name of the cigar and the sizes. All manufacturers should do that.
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The cigar has a chocolate brown and oily wrapper and a smell of hay. I love the stylish bands, simple yet beautiful. The construction feels great and that causes a fine predraw, which tastes like tobacco and raisin, with a little kick to it.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee with an earthy flavour and far on the background some chocolate. The flavors are medium strong. After a quarter of an inch the flavors are getting less bitter. After half an inch I taste earth with come chocolate. The chocolate fades away, the earthy flavour is the main flavour. After an inch and a half I taste macadamia nuts next to the earth flavour and some peanuts.
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After a third I get some red pepper with all the flavors mentioned before. Halfway I taste that earthy flavour again with a little bit of chocolate and wood. Sometime later the nut flavors return too. After two thirds the cigars gets a mild metallic touch to it and again, a hint of red pepper. Near the end I get a lot of wood in the flavour.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw is great and the smoke is reasonable. The dark ash is firm and the burn is good. This cigar is medium flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, not a bad cigar but nothing special.

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

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Quesada Espana short robusto

Quesada got introduced to the Dutch market a few months ago with the Tributo line and although I didn’t dislike them, they never impressed me either. And not just me, but most of the Dutch aficionados came to that conclusion, so the distributer decided not to continue with the Tributo series but try the Edicion Espana instead. I smoked the robusto and came to the same conclusion, nice cigar but not impressive. Now it’s time to try the Quesada Espana short robusto, a 4×50 short smoke that has a 5 euro price tag.
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The chocolate brown wrapper is oily and looks good. I see a few veins and a pretty band. The construction feels good and I smell a strong smell that reminds me of a cow farm. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with some raisin.
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I taste a pleasant coffee flavour with some toasted sandwich and I like it. After a quarter of an inch I taste smooth coffee with wood and a hint of chocolate on the background. After half an inch I also taste a bit of red pepper in the back of my mouth and a mild sweetness is added to the flavours.
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After a third I taste toasted flavours with some herbs and some pepper. Halfway I taste that sweetness again with herbs and wood. The toasted flavours have gone.
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This cigar lasted me for fifty-five minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The pepper and salt coloured ash is beautiful and firm. The wrapper cracks a bit and the burn isn’t completely straight, I had to correct once or twice. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, loved it.

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

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Quesada Espana robusto

The Quesada Espana is the replacement for the Quesada Tributo on the Dutch market. It has just been released and even though my general thoughts on the Tributo line were mediocre, I really wanted to try these cigars. First Quesada Espana I got my hands on is a 5×52 robusto.
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The wrapper feels a bit greasy and is chocolate brown. I see a few thin veins and I smell dark chocolate. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a bitter coffee and earthy flavour, quite spicy with pepper in the aftertaste. I also taste a chocolate like sweetness. After a quarter of an inch I taste more sweetness and the bitterness shifts to the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste chocolate with wood in the aftertaste, the bitterness disappeared completely. Sometime later the cigar gets herbal with some chocolate, a hint of wood and pepper.
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After a third I taste herbs, quite spicy, with a chocolate like sweetness. I also taste some hay. Passed the middle point I taste herbs with a splash of cinnamon and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I taste the same flavours with some added hay. The flavours are quite spicy.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw is great and the smoke is good but good be thicker. The silver-grey ash is mild frayed but firm. The burn is pretty. This cigar is full flavoured and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I’m not sure, I liked the cigar, the price is right but it didn’t really impress me

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

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Fonseca vintage robusto

A friend gave me this 5×50 Dominican Fonseca vintage robusto in a trade. Now I am not a fan of the Cuban marca Fonseca and my experiences are that the non Cuban versions of Cuban brands are usually not worth smoking, except for the Partagas Spanish rosado which I liked. I found out that these non Cuban Fonseca cigars are made by Matasa in the Dominican Republic.
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The wrapper is yellowish, mild oily and has a few veins. I smell a mild wood smell. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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I taste musty paper, not full or strong, and some cardboard. After an inch I only taste cardboard
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Halfway the flavors change from cardboard only to cardboard and licorice.
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This cigar had a smoke time of an hour. The draw was good and I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. This cigar is mild flavored and mild bodied. The burn was great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Don’t think so

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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Quesada tributo Manolin

Last year, cigar makers Quesada decided to release a cigar under their family name, something they had never done before and decided to honor some family members who passed away by creating the “Quesada Tributo” cigars. The cigars are made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Honduran binder and a Ecuadorian hybrid wrapper. The cigars come in four sizes, the 4½x40 Alvarito, the 5×50 Julio, the 6×52 Alvaro and the 6½x60 Manolin, the one I smoked.
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The dark and oily wrapper has a few veins. The cigar has a normal band and a foot band. I dig the logo, at first I just saw a drawing of a tobacco leaf, but then I noticed that it was also a Q from Quesada. The cigar has an acidic barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw confirms the construction. I taste a dry and mild peppery tobacco flavor.
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I taste pepper, soil and coffee. The coffee is mild bitter and I think I even taste some nuts. The bitterness is just a bit too strong for my liking. After a quarter of an inch I taste honey with a mild spicy earth flavor and coffee. The bitterness is gone. I taste some toast in the aftertaste. After an inch the cigar gets smoother, the honey disappears and I taste herbs with some toast and a little bit of sweetness.
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After a thirds I taste some herbs with hazelnuts and chocolate. Unfortunately that hazelnut and chocolate flavor disappears quickly. Halfway I taste herbs with some spice and honey. After two thirds I taste pepper with the herbs, the flavors are getting creamy and I taste some nuts again. The honey slowly grows in strength with some herbs and nuts. The nuts are slowly becoming the main flavor. Near the end I taste a herbal spice, all other flavors have disappeared.
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The smoke time of this cigar is a whopping two hours and thirty minutes. I got a lot of smoke. The draw was good, a bit too loose to be great. The smoke is white and thick. The light gray ash is firm. 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? Yes, but in a smaller vitola.

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

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José Benito magnum

This big cigar with its 64 ring and 9 inch length is packed in its own coffin. It doesn’t feel firm which worries me about the draw. The wrapper is light colored with some light veins and the aroma is nice and light. The cigar is wrapped in cellophane.


I could taste some woody flavors, slightly sweet. The wood becomes a bit more spicy soon and after a few inch it becomes sweet again, honeysweet this time. Halfway I could taste a bit chocolaty flavor as an extra flavor next to the wood.
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After 2/3rd the cigar grows a bit in strength and close to the band I could taste some liquorices.
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This cigar is boring, shallow and mild. If I wasn’t reviewing it I wouldn’t even have smoked it till the end. The draw is too lose, way too lose and the burn is crooked too. The ash is frayed and not very firm and the smoke is poor. Even though this is a huge cigar it lasts less than 90 minutes.
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Fortunately the drink I had was good, one of my favorite Scottish malts
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, way too mild, way too easy draw and overpriced with 11 euro.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 5 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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