Petit Robusto, 4 x 50
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Arapiraca
|Cigar age||0 yr. 1.5 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Cuban cigars have always dominated the premium hand made cigar market in Spain, but in the past few years, high unemployment and the high cost of Cuban cigars has driven the Spanish to search out alternatives.
To address this new demand, the Quesada family brought Spanish Tobacconists to the Dominican Republic to work on a cigar exclusively for Spain, and after a week of blending the Quesada España was born.
They produced a cigar that would be available in three popular Spanish sizes and with a lighter wrapper color in keeping with the traditional Cuban wrapper style.
The Quesada España possesses a distinctive taste, yet is reminiscent of the Cuban cigars the Spanish are familiar with.
Samples of these cigars were given out to the participants of the 2011 ProCigar Festival in Santiago, Dominican Republic and subsequently met with rave reviews.
Although the manufacturer has maintained that this cigar will remain just for the Spanish market, some boxes have already been shipped into the U.S. to select Quesada account holders.
This week’s featured stogie is the 4-inch by 50 ring gauge Quesada España Short Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: This mighty midget slams into first gear with flavors of roasted nuts, medium roast coffee and adds aromatic cedar on the retrohale. The smoke impresses me as being very balanced, with a good separation of flavors between the palate and the retrohale.
Newbies won't have a problem with this stick, as it is medium in body and strength and perhaps medium-full in flavor. This Robusto is ripe with nuance and the different flavors seem to dance around your sensory apparatus like so many fireflies.
As the cigar heats up, the natural oils start seeping from the wrapper surface, tempting me to eat the cigar rather than smoke it... though I did restrain myself.
The performance was rock solid. Literally, I was able to stand the cigar up on its ash, take a few pictures, and then continue smoking only to tap off the ash as it was ready to hit the band. The draw was smooth, the burn line was even... basically this cigar was a joy to smoke.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Quesada España was a stellar smoke. This review just confirmed my vote for the España as one of my favorite new cigars of 2011. There is nothing not to like about this smoke. It is an easy cigar to smoke, it would be approachable and challenging to beginning and experienced cigar smokers, alike and, if you can find them, they come at a fair price.
My only complaint is that the smoke ended too soon. As it was, I milked this cigar for all it was worth, right down to the tips of my burning fingers. I highly recommend this cigar for those of you who are looking for complexity in a medium-bodied smoke. The only question is, "How will this cigar age?" I am happy to report that, I've got plenty left to put this question to the test... To be continued.
These cigars have enjoyed their first month in my humidor since making their way from the retailer. I have kept them in their original box with cellophane wrappers intact. The are being stored in my converted wine cooler cabinet with an Oasis active humidification system providing the humidity.
This is the first of two podcast reviews.
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