The Quesada 40th Anniversary Cigar Celebrates 40 Years In The IndustryThe Quesada 40th Anniversary cigar is the company’s way of celebrating 40 years in the industry, and if this smoke is any indication, it’ll be a happy birthday for aficionados everywhere. This line also comes with one of the most unusual cigar designs every seen in tobacco, featuring a vitola that is sure to grab attention wherever it goes. Fortunately, the blend stands well on its own and isn’t just all about looks. 

This cigar comes with a Mexican San Andreas wrapper, a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican and Nicaragua. It comes from the company’s factory in the Dominican and is available in six vitolas. These include a Robusto (5 x 52), a Toro (6 x 54), a Toro Press (6 x 49), a Toro Real (6 x 65), a Corona Clasica (6 1/2 x 46) and a Saloman Press (6 3/4 x 50/33). The Saloman Press really stands out in the blend, with a shape that looks similar to a barbell. It’s thicker at the ends and slim in the middle, defying any traditional vitola. The wrapper itself is chocolate brown and is smooth to the touch, with a little oil glistening off of it. The band is a sharply designed black, silver and gold pattern with a single tree leaf adorning its center. The pre-light draw consists of sweet tobacco, spice and some raw sugar. 

The first-third of the Quesada 40th Anniversary starts off with some earthy, cocoa, cinnamon and citrus notes, with a couple blasts of black pepper heating it all up. At first, the pepper is fairly mild, so some reviewers found it possible to retrohale each draw completely. About an inch in, though, the pepper ramps up in intensity and makes this a bit more difficult. By the end of the first-third, the cocoa, cinnamon and earth notes are all about equal in strength.

In the second-third, the profile continues in the same vein, with the earth notes slightly outpacing the cocoa and cinnamon in strength. Around the halfway mark, the cocoa and cinnamon drop out and are replaced by some spice and salt. Several aficionados stated that the shift evoked a savory, meaty taste that completely changes the feel of the blend. 

During the final third of the Quesada 40th Anniversary, the savory flavors stay the course. The spice, salt, pepper and meaty notes are all still present, with the spice and meaty flavors taking top billing. Near the end of the cigar, the pepper heats up some, but the smoke finishes off cool and smooth.

When dealing with a uniquely shaped cigar, some burn and draw concerns are expected. Fortunately, the draw is excellent, and the burn only requires the occasional touchup. Overall it’s a medium bodied and medium strength blend that combines uncommon flavors and a very uncommon build.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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