This past week I made it to the Davidoff shop on Madison Ave to meet up with Mauricio from Costa Rica Cigars and to meet Michael Herklots the General Manager of Davidoff in New York City. The Davidoff store on Madison Ave is the place to go to enjoy The Good Life especially on Wednesday when they host Spiff Wednesday. For a $25.00 purchase you get a free manicure, shoe shine and a neck trim. While they don’t have a smokers lounge you can mingle around the shop and smoke with other aficionado who are there to escape and enjoy The Good Life.
The Quesada Serie Limitada is to celebrate Matasa being in the Cigar Industry for 35 years. Manolo Quesada is the man responsible for the Casa Magna and it is interesting to note that he did not take part in the blending of this stick.
Cigar: Quesada Serie Limitata (35th Anniversary)
Size: 6 x 50 (Box Press)
Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Appearance and Construction (19/20): The cigar is a gorgeous looking chocolate in color box pressed beauty. The wrapper is virtually vein free but does have some dark discoloration on it although it does not take away from the beauty of this stick. The cigar has a gorgeous looking label of black, gold, and silver with a Q that has a tobacco leaf effect to it make this cigar really pop off of the shelf. The band also has a band at the foot denoting the cigar is the 35th Anniversary.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Prior to lighting the stick the draw offers notes of chocolate, figs and raisins making this one of the most tasty prelights I have ever experienced. Once I sparked this cigar up the first third of the cigar offered wonderful notes of coffee and nuts. There was also a dry cocoa note that was very powder-like. This can be best compared to trying some hot-cocoa mix straight from the envelope. While annoying it did not detract from the cigar since I had a beverage handy. The second third of the cigar the powder sensation began to disappear and the cigar mellowed out in terms of flavor. The primary note was cedar and there was a sweetness most likely cocoa in the background.
Burn/Ash/Draw (20/25): The burn of the cigar was slightly jagged, but the real issue here was keeping it lit. I had to relight this stick a good 6 times which is way too much. I can understand 1 or 2, but not this much. The ash was nice and light in color, but it did not hold on well. I wound up with a lap full of ash on more than one occasion. The draw of the cigar was ideal.
Overall (20/25): There is a lot of hype surrounding this stick due to the fact of the success of the Casa Magna. The flavors were nice, but they never reached the intensity I got prior to lighting it up. However, the work the cigar needed was annoying. At the price point of the stick, one should not have to work, to enjoy the relaxing moments a cigar is supposed to bring.
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