Quesada Jalapa CigarsOne of the most recent creations by Manolo Quesada, the Quesada Jalapa cigars were released in August of 2012. This smoke pairs a Nicaraguan and Dominican filler with a Dominican binder inside a Jalapa grown claro wrapper. The tobacco in the binder and filler in the Quesada Jalapa cigars is the same blend that was created for the Quesada Espana. The Espana has already gained favor and popularity since its appearance in 2011, but was geared towards overseas aficionados in both its use of an arapiraca leaf wrapper and smaller vitola sizes.

The wrapper of this new small batch is carefully aged, and is grown as an experiment by Nestor Plasencia in 2002. Due to the small, 100 bale size of the experimental crop, this blend is practically a limited edition, with only 1,000 boxes of 10 for each vitola created. The three sizes available are the Robusto (4 7/8 x 50), the Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) and the Prominente (7 5/8 x 49). Despite the rarity of the wrapper, these stogies are still affordable.

Quesada Jalapa cigars originate from the Dominican Republic and are handcrafted in the Quesada family’s MATASA factory. They are an attractive light brown in appearance, and feature a triple cap. The seams are well hidden, and the visible veins are small and scarce. The tight construction creates a slight resistance during the draw, but that is rewarded with lots of smoke from the foot. The pre-light draw evoked woody flavors with a hint of sweetness. Once lit, this stogie displayed a crisp burn line, ideal burn rate, cool temperature and created a strong clinging ash.

This cigar is a rich blend of the tastes of cream, nuts and cedar, with a faint peppery retrohale that also has a hint of citrus. The flavor settles to reveal hints of leather, vanilla, earth and aged tobacco on top of the creamy cedar. There are subtle flavor transitions that keep the taste buds engaged until the very end. Quesada Jalapa cigars have a strength that is mild to medium, and a heavy but smooth body that ranges from medium to full. The strength increases during the second third of the smoke. The flavor profile is rich and consistently unique. The tastes that this smoke provided are described by reviewers as refined and having a smoothness that borders on buttery. Reviewers also state that it has a great finish and a quiet complexity. The end of the smoke does not degrade into harsh notes and remains cool even when reaching the nub. Those that tried this smoke met it with approval and found it to be a welcome alteration of the Espana. This stogie is a prime example of how a different wrapper can impact an established recipe and influence the flavor profile.

Manolo’s family has been in the cigar business since the 1880’s and uses all that experience to create a quality product that delivers just the right amount of flavor. The blend, draw, flavor, construction and smoking experience that Quesada Jalapa cigars have to offer are impressive and sure to please even the most discerning stogie enthusiasts.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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