Casa Magna Oscuro CigarCasa Magna Cigars were developed in collaboration between Nestor Plasencia and Fonseca’s Manuel Quesada. Although the Quesada’s family roots have been in the tobacco business for over a hundred years, Manuel Quesada has been involved himself since 1974. Early on his focus was on mild cigars, often with Dominican filler and binder, having wrappers made of Connecticut-seed tobacco. In more recent years, he has developed some stronger smokes.

In the 60s, Manuel’s family moved from Cuba to the Dominican Republic, and part of his early post-high school job with the company was smoking the product in order to better be able to describe them. Quesada later developed a new company, and the first year saw only 20,000 stogies rolled.

S.A.G. Imports, Inc was founded in 1993 in order to distribute from the Dominican factory to the U.S. It was originally Miami-based, but is now in Doral, FL. The factory continues to contract with other companies to produce their smokes, most notably Casa Blanca, Licensados, and some of the Nat Sherman sticks. There are over 300 people working at the factory and in 2000, nearly 15 million sticks were produced.

These Casa Magna Cigars have been a rather uncommon combination for American smokers, and a low cost smoke good enough to be rated number one in some of the field’s literature!

Nestor Plasencia’s family background is also connected to tobacco. He is a tobacco maker of Cuban descent. He lost his tobacco factories and farms in Nicaragua in the early 1980s, and moved his operations to Honduras. Although he has a couple of Nicaraguan factories again, his main focus is in Honduras.

Casa Magna Cigars are a symphonic collaboration between the two tobacco companies aforementioned, and are blended by Quesada, but rolled at one of Plasencia’s Nicaraguan factories. Since Plasencia provides premium Cuban-seed tobacco outside Cuba, and is indeed the largest grower of such, most major manufacturers have used that tobacco for at least one of their particular lines.

The top rating for the Casa Magna Cigars came as a bit of a surprise, and plenty of smokers who were unaware at the time of the lines release had to quickly make their acquaintance. After all, what was there not to like about an inexpensive an wonderfully flavored stogie? The Robusto became rather difficult to locate at that point, although the Toritos (thicker and shorter) were still fairly easy to obtain.

The full-bodied Toritos have some cocoa and coffee flavors, and mellow towards the end of the 45 minute smoke time. The interesting nuances contribute to a very good overall smoke.

With two masters involved, the combination of companies is almost destined to succeed, and succeed they have. Even if these are not a smoker’s very top choice, plenty of smokers can agree to the fact that they are certainly among the best options out there, topping the field in their price range. Any smoker who has not yet had a chance to try one of these might want to contact his cigar shop to see if he can procure some there. If not, he might want to ask the owner about how to get Casa Magna Cigars to try.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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