|Casa Magna Colorado|
The Casa Magna Colorado is made by two of the greatest men in the cigar industry, Nestor Plasencia and Manuel Quesada. Both of them have been around tobacco for many years, and are incredibly knowledgeable. I find the pairing great, because Manuel Quesada is known for his work with Dominican tobacco, and Nestor Plasencia is known for his work with tobacco throughout Central America. They have lots of knowledge in tobacco from all over, and that is very helpful in understanding what to do with the tobacco and blending a cigar. The Casa Magna Colorado is made in Nestor's Nicaraguan factory, and is a Nicaraguan puro made from entirely Cuban Seed tobacco. The robusto vitola, probably the most well known, measures 5 1/2" and has a ring gauge of 52. The vitolas in the line come in different count boxes, but the robusto is presented in a beautiful box, and is packed with 27 cigars inside, which I always found odd.
The wrapper is absolutely gorgeous, the colors are splendid showing lots of red in the brown wrapper, almost mahogany like. As the name of the cigar states, it is a Colorado wrapper. There are lovely oils on the wrapper, and a couple veins present. The cigar has a wonderful cap to it, and shows wonderful aromas of raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, leather, wood and cocoa. By appearance and aroma alone this cigar is truly incredible. After lighting the cigar and letting it get some way into the first third, there are some nice hickory, cedar, rich earth, leather and raisin notes present. There is a slight spice at the end of the cigar, but nothing too peppery or strong. The flavors have definitely softened in the years since when I first got these, and the strength has died down as well. The burn is a little wavy with the cigar, but it is producing nice dense smoke which is great for smoke rings.
I am in the final third of the cigar now, and the flavors have changed some. I am beginning to pick up hints of cocoa and coffee beans, and it really adds a lot to the cigar. I am still getting that wood and leather flavors that are dominant through the smoke, but the cocoa and coffee flavors are a wonderful addition and they pair well with the cigars unique sweet raisin flavors. I find that the cigar is still a solid medium smoke, and the burn has still been a little wavy in this third. The last third is definitely the best part of the cigar, and it really ended on a high note. It produced loads of wonderful dense smoke, and when I put the nub down in the ashtray I am very pleased with what I smoked.
I remember that when I bought these cigars in December of 2008 I wanted to smoke them all the time, but when it received the award for Best Cigar of the Year in February of 2009, I just wanted to put them away and save them. I regret not smoking through the rest of the box when I got them in 2008 and just buying a new box when I was done. Like the Oliva Serie V, these cigars are definitely much better when they are younger. I think when the cigar is in its youth it is showing a little bit more complexity and strength, and that is what I want in a cigar. Don't get me wrong, this cigar is still smoking wonderfully and is producing very nice flavors, but it is just a little bit softer than I care for. The cigar has never burned perfectly even for me, but that is not a major issue for me. I don't like it when the cigar goes out, but sometimes that happens. It will be interesting to see how this cigar smokes in another year, and years after that, and I will definitely keep doing that until the box is empty. I am giving this cigar a 91, but when I first smoked these when they were new I was giving them mid 90's.
I think this is a really great line, and when you have two people like Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia working together on a cigar, there is no doubt in my mind that they will produce something extraordinary. I have smoked through every vitola in the line, and every single one of them is flavorful and unique in its own way. I know a lot of people prefer a different size in this cigar and I think that is awesome. It is great to see people experimenting and finding the size they love. I do find that dry boxing these smokes does help them burn a lot better, and I try and store them at a lower humidity. Whether you prefer a petite corona or a salomon, they will have a cigar for you that is packed with wonderful strengths and tastes. As I said earlier, smoke these babies now, and enjoy them. You can age them and their strength will die down and have the flavors lessen some, but it is in their youth that they rock. I think I will pick up the salomon this afternoon because of the time I will have! Thanks to E.P. for asking me to review this cigar that I have tucked away in the far back of my humidor.