July 27, 2014

Quesada 40th Anniversary Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(from the Quesada website)
The Quesada 40th Anniversary is intended to capture the very essence of our company: the synthesis of tradition and innovation. Originality does not spring from thin air but rather is the result of reinterpreting and building upon what has been accomplished. Consequently, it is only by embracing the past and using our knowledge of tobacco that has been handed down through generations that we will be able to create innovative blends and sizes. The Quesada 40th is the best expression of this goal to date. Quesada 40th combines secos, visos and ligeros of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers with a Dominican binder. The beautiful, dark wrapper is cultivated in the San Andres Valley in Mexico. The cigar comes in 2 distinct lines; a core line with three popular vitolas and a limited line with a Toro Box Pressed and a revolutionary new size, the Salomon Press.

Made in: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Salomon Press (Limited) 6 3/4 x 50/33 Boxes of10
Toro Press (Limited) 6 x 49 Boxes of 10
Toro Real 6 x 65 Boxes of 20
Robusto 5 x 52 Boxes of 20 (reviewed today)
Toro 6 x 54 Boxes of 20

The cigar is extremely well made and had a light oily wrapper. Even though this cigar has a San Andreas wrapper it is not called "maduro". It may be a natural wrapper. The cigar is dense feeling in the hand. The foot has a partially closed end as you can see in this photo.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet cedar and cocoa with light cream, dry wood, and black pepper rated at a 7. The cigar comes across right away as medium bodied.

About 1/2 inch in the sweetness has picked up a little. There are signs of richness developing in the sweet cedar and cocoa. There are some light coffee notes at the base. The finish is a mixture of cocoa and light, sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. You really get a lot of black pepper if you retro hale.

At  1 3/4 inches in there is definitely some richness there in the cedar and cocoa. The other notes are unchanged. There is a dessert-like feeling to the cigar at this point. It is very good.

The cigar really didn't change to the end except it went from medium bodied to full bodied at the 2/3 point. You get a nice long smoke out of this robusto. Just a touch of the richness went away but not enough to hurt the cigar. The sweet cedar and cocoa, dry wood, and coffee are still in play. The black pepper remained very good. The finish was pretty much unchanged. This is a very good, tasty, dessert-like cigar for the Quesada 40th Anniversary cigar. This cigar is well worth anyone trying. Pricepoint: Around $9 each.

Score: 92

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