The other night at our event on the rooftop of Rick’s Cabaret the owner of Fume Cigars gifted me with a few Quesada Tributo cigars for review. The Tributo cigar has been something I have been looking forward to smoking since I heard of its release. A follow up to the Quesada 35th Anniversary the cigar utilizes a special hybrid wrapper which was created using the seeds of the Corojo, Habano 2000, Habano Vuelta Arriba and Sumatra in Ecuador. The cigar itself is a tribute to members of the Quesada family who have passed on. It comes in 4 sizes;
- Alvarito (4.5 x 40)
- Julio (5 x 50)
- Manolin (6.5 x 60)
- Alvaro (6 x 52/Torpedo)
Cigar: Quesada Tributo
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Hybrid
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican & Nicaraguan
Facebook: Quesada Cigars
Appearance and Construction: The Quesda Tributo features a wrapper that borders on milk chocolate in color. There is a slight brindle visible as well as the wrapper has various shades and colors to it which I suspect is because of the 4 types of seeds used to create it. There is one medium sized vein that stands out on this oily looking smoke. There are no soft spots, the foot is fairly well packed and rolled to perfection. The dual band system features a tobacco leaf logo and the word Tributo at the foot with a nice look of colors that catch the eye.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the cigar offers some notes that reminded me of plums on the foot while the draw was fruity and citric in nature. Once I lit this cigar and settled in to smoking it at the beach on a rare afternoon off I was treated to a first third that served up notes of spice from the ligero filler that was joined by cinnamon, and wood with a touch of leather. As we progressed into the 2nd third of the cigar on a beautiful summer day some chocolate notes entered the picture with a continued presence of wood and leather. As my smoke came to a close and some clouds began to roll in the cigar has some citric notes, that were similar to that of the prelight and a leather finish.
Smoking Characteristics: When I first lit up 2 of the 3 samples needed to be touched up after a 1/2″ but other then that the cigar burned fairly even. The dark ash held on well and there was a minimal flake present. The draw was perfect and the stick produced a nice amount of smoke that had a wonderfully pleasant aroma.
Conclusion: This cigar is a great tribute to the members of the Quesda family and is wonderfully complex in nature. A fully bodied cigar that satisfies the palate. With some age this cigar should only get better and could be in the running for one of the better cigars to come out in 2010.
Price: $6.50 MSRP