Today’s cigar, the Quesada Corona Clasica is the epitome of a limited edition cigar. The 40th Anniversary from Quesada was blended by the daughters of Manuel Quesada at the MATASA factory in the Dominican Republic and was unveiled back at Pro Cigar earlier this year. Manuel Quesada then blended a limited edition version of the 40th for himself that he shared with a few select accounts.
Yesterday, I was informed that this cigar will be a regular release for a select 15 accounts throughout the nation. There is no word yet on who those 15 accounts will be and if the account list will grow over time much like the list for the Espana did when it was released a few years back.
Cigar: Quesada 40th Anniversary
Size: Corona (6.5 x 46)
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Distributed By: SAG Imports
The Look: The black band with gold and silver creates a nice contrast on the flawless shade grown wrapper from Ecuador. The wrapper which almost has a yellow like hue to it has no veins and is rolled to perfection. In the hand the cigar is firm to the touch with no soft spots. There are some subtle oils present and a little bit of tooth.
The Taste: The cold draw of the Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Classica was sweet, almost sugar like while the foot of the cigar was earthy. As we light up the cigar I am surprised at how mild the smoke is with a continued sweetness that borders on bitter much like brown sugar. The cigar is pretty straight forward throughout the first third of the cigar.
In the second third of the smoke, the cigar begins to become more medium in body as the sweetness begins to fade away as the cigar becomes more bitter, although it is an enjoyable bitterness. There is some notes of cherry that shine through from time to time but the fail to grasp on for more than a puff or two. As the second third comes to a close the dominant note is pepper with a touch of earth.
The last third of the cigar, continues down the road of earth with nots that are grassy. There is some spice through the nose and the slightest hint of mesquite on the short finish.
The Burn: I am currently on a string of cigars that are burning incredibly well. One thing that I am noticing is that in New Hampshire the cigars I smoke stay lit and burn true without the excessive humidity that was in Miami. The carbon line on the cigar is incredibly fine and the ash is as white at the come. The draw was effortless and the Quesada 40th Corona Clasica remained cool to the nub.
The Finish: I don’t why but I expected more. Perhaps it was because Manuel Quesada himself tweaked the 40th but for me, it wasn’t the same experience as the regular release of the 40th. While I wound up smoking the cigar to the nub, it wasn’t the home run I had hoped for. I don’t know if I would smoke another, but given the rarity I might put 1 or 2 in my humidor to revisit in the future but I won’t go out of my way to track them down.