JC Newman

July 13, 2021

Villa Casdagli Pigasus (5 x 54/58)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Casdaglicigars.com website)

(Due to a trademark issue, Bespoke Cigars changed the name of its brand to Casdagli—pronounced cas-dag-lee—for the American market. This comes after an agreement with Alec Bradley, which holds the trademark for the word bespoke in the U.S. market.)

After a year long planning process Casdagli Cigars adds to its lineup the Villa Casdagli Line consisting of four vitolas. It will be launched partnering with Tobaccos de Costa Rica SA. 

The Villa Casdagli Line consists of 4 vitolas: Toro, Pigasus (a figurado), Corona Gorda and Robusto. While the rest of the lineup’s vitolas are a classic choice, the one with an endearing nickname of the Pigasus holds a special place in Casdagli Cigars’ history. The Pigasus pays homage to its original “flying pig” — one of the first cigars to be bespoke created for Bespoke Cigars (Casdagli Cigars’ predecessor) in Cuba during the 1990s.

The blends of the new lineup are based on the Daughters of the Wind robusto that was solely produced for the USA market and achieved a popular following. The blends consist of Peruvian, Dominican, Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian tobacco most of which have been enhanced and enriched by the factory’s special “mejorado” or “improvement”process. On receiving tobaccos at his factory in Puriscal master blender Don Olman Guzman selects some of the tobaccos to go through a second 2-4 month fermentation.

Casdagli Cigars’ cooperation with the Tabacos de Costa Rica SA, then known as Vegas Santiago, started in 2012. Also, in search for a producer outside of Cuba, a “flying pig” mold was created for Jeremy Casdagli at this factory. Famed for its access to some of Jeremy Casdagli’s favorite Peruvian tobacco and having the ability to produce the “flying pig” vitola, it was a natural choice of a factory to produce the Casdagli Cigars’ new line.

The design of the Villa Casdagli cigar ring and cigar box seek inspiration from Villa Casdagli, the home of Casdagli family patriarch Emmanuel Casdagli in the early 1900s in Cairo, Egypt. The Villa Casdagli cigar ring and boxes are adorned by the facade of the villa, its grand stained glass window and the peacocks that used to stroll around the gardens. The cotton buds reflect the Eygptian business that the Casdagli empire was once built upon.

Vitolas and blend info: (note that all the cigars have a different blend)

Robusto; 5x52

2x Peru, 1x Dominican Republic, 1x Ecuador

Corona Gorda; 5 1/2 x 46

1 x Peru, 1x Dominican Republic, 1x Nicaragua

Pigasus; 5 x 54/58 (REVIEWED TODAY)

2x Peru, 1x Dominican Republic, 1x Nicaragua 

Toro; 6 x 54

1x Peru , 1x Nicaragua , 1x Ecuador , 1x Dominican Republic

The cigar is beautifully made and I love the shape. The foot is closed. The cigar has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were quickly realized. They were a very sharp orange citrus, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a nice combination of white and black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. Because of all the low level sweet notes there is not an established black coffee base. It will come later. This is a fantastic start.

At the first third (42 minutes) the ash was still intact and the cigar was burning very evenly. From the light up through the first third the cigar rounded out nicely. The same flavor notes are in play but the sharp orange citrus is so tangy and sweet when combined with the brown sugar and other notes it reminds me of the old fashioned candy you had as a kid; lemon drops. There is a tremendous sweetness in this cigar. There are the beginnings of black coffee at the base. It's rather light but it's starting. There are also nutmeg notes in the mix. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is very tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, brown sugar, some of the nutmeg, and very good lingering pepper, which tastes like a black pepper. This is an all out sweet tasting cigar. I rated the first third 97.

As I moved through the second third (1 hour 10 minutes) the cigar is still burning very evenly. The cigar had one small change. The extremely sharp sweetness of the orange citrus toned down. It's still very sweet and the same flavor notes are in play but the sharp, tangy, high pitched sweetness has toned down. The black coffee base has gotten just a little wider giving the cigar more depth. The cigar is still medium bodied leaning toward medium to full. The finish is unchanged. I liked the sharp, almost lemon drop flavor of the first third so I lowered the score to 96 for the second third. That's almost comical because the cigar remains fantastic.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 38 minutes. An excellent burn time for a 5" cigar. Nothing really changed in the final third. The cigar kept on the same sweet, flavorful path. It's now medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a very sweet cigar with various sweet notes working together to make one tasty stick. These are definitely box worthy. I held the score of 96 for the final third. An excellent cigar.

Overall Score: 96.33

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