Review Of The Quesada Espana CigarThe Quesada Espana is one of those cigars that have an almost mythic reputation. Some of this is due to its hard to find nature, and some of it is likely due to its flavors, which aficionados will immediately connect to old Havana. Perhaps the biggest element of its reputation is the fact that it’s just a great smoke produced by a company that knows its craft. And though it has been around since 2011, it is still in incredible demand among smokers everywhere.

The cigar has an Ecuadorian Arapiraca wrapper, a binder from the Dominican and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. It comes in three vitolas, a Petite Robusto (4 x 50), Robusto (5 x 52) and Corona (5 1/2 x 42). It’s an earthy brown in color and laced with a number of visible veins. There are two bands on the stick, and the first displays the company mark, a solitary tobacco leaf, in gold, silver and black. The secondary band features the name of the blend, also in gold, silver and black. On the cold draw, reviewers detected a lot of flavors, including black pepper, leather, cedar, earth and sweet cocoa. 

The initial third of the Quesada Espana isn’t heavy, but it begins with a bit of black pepper to get the smoke started off right. The pepper doesn’t last too long, and once it dials back a bit, some cedar and leather flavors take up the slack. In the background, aficionados tasted a number of interesting flavors, including cocoa, earth, raisins and even some hints of red wine. Eventually, the pepper takes up residence at the back of the throat and on the retrohale, zinging the smoker with regular strikes of heat. Reviewers also noted a coffee flavor that emerges and steadily increases in strength near the end of the first-third.

During the middle third, the profile develops a great deal. Most of the flavors, the cocoa, the coffee, the leather and the pepper – they are all fleshed out and become much more nuanced. The earth disappears from the profile altogether, and some reviewers noticed the emergence of a walnut note that provides another interesting flavor to ruminate on. About halfway through the stick, the pepper moves to the finish and stays there for the remainder.

The last third of the Quesada Espana manages to add another wrinkle into the mix. Although the flavors are mostly the same, a creaminess takes hold as well and helps bring all of the other flavors together. In all, the stick produces a mix of pepper, coffee, nuts, cocoa, leather and tobacco flavors along with the cream, and these flavors remain strong until the very end. 

This is one of those unique cigars that may be hard for novices to handle not because of the nicotine, but because of the flavor complexity. Though only considered medium strength, the flavors are full-bodied from start to finish, and with so much going on, it takes a developed palate to appreciate it completely. And it’s easy to appreciate completely, with its excellent construction and precisely cultivated flavors.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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