Quesada Q D’Etat Daga – Cigar Review
One of my favorite releases from SAG Imports are the Quesada Q D’Etat lines, which have included the Molotov (which we reviewed here), the Howitzer (reviewed here), and now the Daga. Each box in the Q D’Etat lines includes a card to sign up for Cigar Rights of America, which is an organization every cigar smoker should be a part of. In fact, the entire Q D’Etat line is about fighting for our rights, which is why every cigar is named after a weapon. The new Daga is named as such for being a “dagger like weapon.” The Daga’s blend differs greatly from the Howitzer and the Molotov, being that it is the only Q D’Etat line that is not a Dominican puro.
Here are a some photos from the Quesada booth at the 2012 IPCPR:
Size: 7 x 44/50/54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Arapiraca
Binder: Cuban Seed & Criollo 98
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Quesada Q D’Etat Daga is a large salomon that comes in 10-count boxes and are arranged facing alternate directions. The wrapper is a medium brown with a reddish hue, moderate veins, and a decent amount of oil. The band is a very simple Quesada band with the leaf logo, and nothing that designates what the cigar is.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga has notes of rich, sweet, wood and a floral tone. The foot has a scent which is a blend of wood, hay, and also a floral tone. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga and on the cold draw there is a flavor which is a blend of earth, wood, and grass.
Smoking Characteristics: I fire up the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga, and it opens up with a great draw. The draw is easy and producs an ample amount of smoke, which simply oozes of out of the Daga between draws. There are notes of sweet wood, grass, earth, and a nice salty sort of savory flavor. The flavor is a bit mashed up during the first third and its a little hard to discern the separate notes. The earthy, savory flavor lingers long on the palate between draws, and is quite enjoyable.
Into the second third of the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga, the flavors become much more individually defined and the flavors become much more bold and complex. The flavor is a mix of floral tones, wood, grass, a bit of spice. There is a savory, earthy flavor which is close to peat. While it has this nice salty savoriness to the blend, it is not dry at all. In fact, it is actually very smooth and creamy. The draw remains excellent, easily providing a full body of the thick, cool, creamy, rich, smooth smoke. The ash holds firm, easily to the inch point. One correction has been required to even out the burn. The strength is in the medium range, allowing for a nice mild relaxing buzz to set in while smoking.
During the final third of the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga, the notes of wood, grass, mild spices, peat, and floral tones all remain and are very bold and complex. The burn, draw, and ash all perform well during this third. The strength remains in the medium range. The Quesada Q D’Etat Daga smokes for a bit over 2 hours, making it a very long smoke, luckily the flavors are complex enough to keep it interesting the whole time. It smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat.
Conclusion: I’ve now smoked every cigar from the Q D’Etat line, and I have to say the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga is my favorite with the Molotov trailing it slightly. It had a nice complexity to it that the other two Q D’Etat lines lacked a bit of. The Daga also had good construction with the salomon shape creating a slow build of strength that was enjoyable. Would I buy a box of the Quesada Q D’Etat Daga? Possibly, it would be a nice stick to have on hand, but the two-plus hour smoking time limits when I would be able to smoke it.