The Quesada Tributo Julio is the 5 inch x 50 ring gauge cigar offered in the Tributo series. This cigar is a tribute to Julio Fajardo. He was the best friend to Manuel Quesada and MATASA's General Manager. He was also one of the Quesada familys beloved friends and family that perished in a tragic plane crash in April 2002. The Quesada Tributo Julio is a rich and beautifully crafted cigar.
The Quesada's family history in cigars starts back in the 1880's in Cuba. Antero Gonzalez and his brother started a tobacco business in Cuba. They parted ways in the early 1900's but stayed in the tobacco business. The two of them became the largest Cuban tobacco exporters and remain, even today, competitors in the field. When Fidel Castro took control of Cuba, they were forced to flee and went to the Dominican Republic. There, they picked up the pieces and started over again. Manuel Quesada Gonzalez started purchasing warehouses there and established the tobacco leaf business there. His sons, Manuel Quesada Penabad and Alvaro Quesada Penabad, joined their father in the tobacco business, and it soon was that, a family business. MATASA was formed in 1974. MATASA stands for Manufactura de Tabacos, S.A. It started with just three rollers and Manuel. In 1993, the Quesada family opened SAG Imports in Florida. This gave them the ability to sell their cigars from the MATASA facilities here in the U.S. SAG stands for Sobrinos de Antero Gonzalez/ Decendants of Antero Gonzalez. They named this business in honor of their founding family member.
When it came time for the Quesada family to put together this tribute line of cigars, they put a lot of work and thought into the creating of it. They wanted something as special as the people the cigars were going to be named after, like the Quesada Tributo Julio. They went in search of a rare wrapper, a hybrid wrapper, in Ecuador. They are the first to use such a wrapper in cigar history. It is made of four different tobaccos, Habano 2000,Corojo, Habana Vuelta Arriba and Sumatra. Then they chose to use premium ligeros from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras for the filler and binder. The Quesada Tributo series is a limited production series and there were only 150,000 cigars released.
The Quesada Tributo Julio is a complex and dark cigar, similar to the rest in this series. The construction is solid. It is a well-packed cigar with no soft spots. It starts out with flavor of pepper, leather, and wood. Into the second third of the cigar it starts to mellow a bit, and then a tangy citrus flavor emerges, along with notes of nuts. In the final third, the pepper, leather, wood and citrus flavor remains, but there is a smooth caramel with cinnamon hints that help make this a nice creamy finish. Because of the richness of this cigar, this cigar would be for the seasoned cigar aficionado. The Quesada Tributo Julio has a perfect draw and produces volumes of smoke. The appearance of this hybrid wrapper is virtually flawless. There is only one prominent vein and very little oil. The burn is even, and the ash is a dark gray color.
POSTED ON Oct 15, 2017
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