Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro – Cigar Review
SAG Imports, the makers of Quesada, Fonseca, and Casa Magna, will be introducing a new addition to the Casa Magna Colorado line this year at the 2012 IPCPR. The line, which is widely acclaimed, even being named Cigar of the Year in 2008 by Cigar Aficionado magazine, will now be available in a box pressed format. I was instantly excited about this, since I both love the Casa Magna Colorado (it is a great affordable smoke), and I love box pressed cigars so much. I was lucky and able to get my hands on a sample before the show, so here is my review of the new Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro! Make sure to check out SAG imports on their website, Facebook, and twitter (@QuesadaCigars) to stay up to date on all of their releases.
Size: 6 x 50
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro has the classic Casa Magna Colorado band which has a nice old world feel to it. The wrapper of the Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro is a beautiful medium brown with a nice reddish hue, it has little in the way of veins, but plenty of oil. Like most box pressed cigars the Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro rests well in hand, and just feels natural to hold.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro has notes of wood, tobacco, and a bit of molasses. The foot has a scent made up of wood, hay, and a light caramel sort of flavor. I use a V-Cut to prepare for smoking the Casa Magna and on the cold draw there are flavors of hay, wood, tobacco, and a bit of spices.
Smoking Characteristics: The Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro kicks off with some lightly sweet woody flavors, natural tobacco, and a light mix of spices. The flavor has a nice depth to it, but not a lot of pronounced notes to it. The draw starts out excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, creamy, smooth smoke. The burn line is nice, nearly razor sharp, and the ash holds tightly to the end of the stick. The rich woody flavors linger on the palate between draws with a bit of spice and a molasses flavor that isn’t quite present in the smoke.
Into the second third, all of the notes of sweet wood, natural tobacco, and light spices remain, and are joined by a bit of coffee that fades in and out of the flavor profile. On the retrohale, there is a nice spice, and I’d gauge the strength a bit over medium. The draw is still performing wonderfully, each puff easily providing me with a full body of rich, cool, smooth, savory smoke. The ash still holds on firm, clinging to the end of the stick tightly.
During the final third things remain pretty consistent, which I’ve found to be the case in every vitola that I’ve smoked in the Casa Magna Colorado line. The notes of wood, natural tobacco, spices, dominate the flavor profile with hints of coffee acting as an underlying note. The construction still performs wonderfully, no issues with the draw, burn, or ash. The strength does kick up a bit, but remains in the medium to full range.
Conclusion: The real question here is did the Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro significantly change the flavor in anyway compared to the regular Casa Magna line? I felt the flavor may have been a bit richer, especially when compared with the larger vitolas in the line, but the overall experience was not much different. The Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Toro had the same rich flavors you find in any vitola in the line. It didn’t offer any additional evolution, or real new dimensions, just a bit more depth. It is still my favorite cigar in the line, but mostly due to the fact I love box pressed cigars.