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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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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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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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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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Casa Magna oscuro #4

This 5×44 Casa Magna oscuro is the last of the series Casa Magna oscuros that were released on the Dutch market recently and the last of the series reviews. The price tag of this cigar is 3 euro. This cigar is made in Honduras, like all other Casa Magna oscuro cigars but it is a Nicaraguan puro.
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The wrapper is dark and shiny, full of oil and one big vein. The silver colored band sticks out on the dark wrapper. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong and peppery barnyard smell. the predraw is fine, I taste dry tobacco with pepper and some chocolate
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I taste a peppery soil flavor. After a quarter of an inch I also taste something metallic on the background. The flavors are pleasant and spicy and appear to be stronger than the robusto from the same series. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some herbs and after a third I taste green peppers as main flavor with wood and a herbal aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste a little bit of chocolate with the flavors I mentioned before and the metallic flavor is back, only on the background though. The wood flavor slowly becomes stronger, it even becomes the main flavor for a while. After two thirds the pepper fights back and becomes dominant again.
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This cigar lasted me an hour. The draw is great, just like the burn. The dark and coarse ash is firm. I go a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn a few times though. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like this #4 the most when it comes to the Casa Magna oscuro series

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: 7 / 10

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