Heisenberg by Quesada – Cigar Review
Quesada is introducing a new cigar in which the entire theme is to Embrace Uncertainty. This spirit behind this new cigar is to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the cigar. They don’t want you spending time over-analyzing where the cigar was made, what tobaccos were used, or how many of them are going to be released, the ultimate experience in blind tasting.
The project is named after the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which is a mathematical proof that shows that one cannot determine both the momentum and the position of the particle at the same time. So rather than go over all the specs of the Heisenberg one should simply fire it up, and enjoy it for what it is. We are doing just that today.
We received a box of the Heisenberg, courtesy of Quesada cigars to smoke. There will be four different vitolas released in 10-count boxes. Cigar-Coop posted some great information including the expected prices here.
Now I want to say that this part of the review is entirely speculation, but if true, adds a whole dimension of uniqueness to this line of cigars. Our box of 10 all look consistent as far as wrapper goes, but the smoking experience varied from cigar to cigar. These cigars are almost like a box of chocolates, each unique, or at least 3 subtly different blends in the box. Now if this is true, the theme of embrace uncertainty would be more of a double entendre of what most smokers expect from a box of cigars, uniformity and consistency. From a company like Quesada, this is most certainly done deliberately.
Those that might doubt my conclusion should observe a few things that support what is being said. Three of the cigars were what I would have called wet in the box, or very soft. This sponginess continued through the entire smoke. I would have normally let it set to dry a little. However, when I removed cello from more of the cigars to compare them, others were more solidly packed. Also the foot of the cigars looked as if there was a different combination of tobaccos that I categorized into three, or more, different similar groups.
The cigar I am writing about in this review is the first one that I smoked and is representative of the overall experience of the others. Once again, this is only my hunch, and I will leave judgement to those that go out and try them. However, you have to hand it to the folks at Quesada, if this truly is a mixed bag of blends and they appeal to the masses, you can’t just grab a single off the shelf. You would have to buy the whole roll of lifesavers to get the full experience! F***ing brilliant!
Enjoy the review!
Size: 5 3/4 x 44/48/55
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Construction and Appearance: The Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada is a soft box pressed trumpeta. The wrapper is a bit veiny and has a rough feel to to it, but has a beautiful rich oil sheen too. It feels firm in hand and is topped off with a nice tight triple cap. The samples I received for review were in cellophane but had no bands, the full release will have a thin black band with the Heisenberg formula in silver.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada has notes of wood, grass, and a slightly floral scent. The foot has a scent made up of spice, grass, earth, and a nice deep wood. To prepare smoking the Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada I use a nice slight straight cut, and on the cold draw there are flavors of spice, wood, earth, mineral tones, and a little pepper.
Smoking Characteristics: The Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada lights with a rich blast of spice, pepper, and wood. The spice and pepper provide a nice long finish on the palate along with a nice slight savory salty mineral note, providing an excellent finish. Within the first few puffs one thing I can be certain about is there is a kick to it. You can literally taste the strength, and the pepper lingers far longer than either the spice or the savory salt. The draw is excellent and the Heisenberg is kicking out plenty of smoke, each puff easily providing a full body of thick, rich, dense smoke. After the first eighth of an inch or so the initial pepper fades but still dominates the profile. Flavors of spice, wood, and earth begin to emerge and intensify with a nice rich savory salty undertone.
Into the second third of the Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada, the pepper has faded out of the smoking profile, but still lingers on the palate between draws along with the spice and savory salt. The flavor is now mostly spice and wood, with undertones of herbs, floral tones, and savory salt. The strength is around the medium to full range, with a nice buzz setting in already. The ash holds very firm, well past the inch point, and the burn is nearly razor sharp.
During the final third of the Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada the pepper fades entirely from the smoking profile, the dominant flavor is now very woody with a slight sweetness to it. There are still undertones of a savory salt and a nice little spice which mostly lingers on the tongue as I smoke. The draw remains excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, smooth, cool, dense smoke. The construction is also phenomenal, the burn very sharp, and the ash remaining extremely solid. The Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada preforms well to the nub, it does not pull any heat and smokes cool to the nub with the same semi sweet woody and savory flavors.
Conclusion: I’ve smoked a few of these now and I’ve found two different transitions can happen with this cigar, either it starts out peppery and fades, or the pepper joins the profile later on. It is possible there may be two different blends they are using which could be part of the “embrace uncertainty” factor. The blends where the pepper joins the profile while smoking are much stronger in terms of nicotine as well, coming in at a solid full. The cigar I smoked for review was one with a “pepper blast” at the start of the cigar, which faded out during the first and second thirds. Both of these cigars have excellent construction, wonderful flavors, and are extremely enjoyable. I would say the Heisenberg is one of those cigars you have to pick up a few of to fully experience it, and it is certainly worth it.