A few weeks ago I reviewed the Salomon Press of the Quesada 40th Anniversary with a promise to review a more traditional size. While we still plan to do that, I wanted to review the other limited edition 40th, which is a traditional box press in a toro vitola.
I picked up a couple of them when I got to spend Friday evening with Raquel and Patricia Quesada at an event that took place at my home away from home, Mickey Blake’s in Southington, CT which is an hour drive from my crib and is the only cigar shop I have found up here that has hours like Cigar Cellar in Miami which I miss dearly.
Cigar: Quesada 40th Anniversary
Size: Toro Box Press (6 x 49)
Wrapper: San Andreas (Mexico)
Filler: Dominican & Nicaragua
Number Smoked: 2
Appearance & Construction: The box press from Quesada on this review stick has a crease in the wrapper above the band and it is pressed at a slight angle rather than straight on, making this box press not to pleasing aesthetically. There is a dual band system; one a black, gold, silver, platinum Quesada band and the other denoting the 40th Anniversary. The foot of the cigar has a shaggy foot which is a personal favorite of mine. In the hand the 40th Anniversary box press is very firm to the touch with no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of the Quesada 40th Anniversary has a note that reminds me of uncooked rice, and a touch of earth. When I saw uncooked rice it reminded me of the smell of an open bag of rice which isn’t a bad thing. The nose of the wrapper is sweet, almost chocolate like to the nose. The initial light had some sweetness to it, with some spice.
In the first third of the cigar I am aware how much smoother the cigar is in comparison to the salomon press. There is some defined chocolate notes with coffee and spice through the new.
As we get to the second third of the cigar there are some subtle notes that remind me of popcorn that I got on the Salomon press as well, but they quickly fade away. revealing some coffee notes, and subtle chocolate.
The last third of the cigar takes on a leather component as the primary note with some continue coffee, and the slightest hint of a wood on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I’ll be worried I was concerned about the burn of this box press cigar so I took extra special care in making sure I lit it up evenly. Something about the press had me concerned, but it turned out to burn perfect. The draw was ideal, and the medium gray ash held on for inches at a time.
Conclusion: The Salomon Press was far more complex than the box press, and given the choice between these two limited edition cigars, I would reach for the salomon press over this box press 10 out of 10 times. This doesn’t make the box press a bad cigar, I just found more complexity in the salomon.