September 14, 2011

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada (Optimus)

Domus Magnus Limitada

Before February of 2009, the Casa Magna line was just another new cigar. Sure its smokers thought it tasted great, but it did not have the following until Cigar Aficionado named it the #1 Cigar of the Year for 2008. Since then the cigar has become a daily cigar for most, and has been a smash hit for Quesada Cigars. In 2009 the company announced its follow up to the original Casa Magna Colorado, and we were given the Casa Magna Oscuro, I for one have not seen a division in two cigars more than these two. If you can find me someone out there who loves the Casa Magna Colorado and the Oscuro I will be astonished. I for one don’t care for the Oscuro, but I am a huge supporter of the Colorado. Well, it is now 2011 and Quesada Cigars have released the newest line to the Casa Magna brand, the Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada. This limited edition cigar is released in two sizes and will be limited to 100,000 cigars in boxes of ten.

 The cigar is a completely different blend than the other Casa Magna Cigars, but is a Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper is a sun grown Cuban-Seed leaf from Jalapa, Nicaragua, and other than the wrapper, they do not specify the information on the binder and fillers.  I imagined the filler is a blend of tobacco from Condega, Esteli and Jalapa, but that is just a guess. The cigar is still blended by Manuel Quesada and the Plasencia Family, and is made in the Palencia’s Nicaraguan factory. The cigar comes perfectly box pressed and has a thick pigtail cap as well. I smoked the Optimus vitola which measures 5 ¾” with a 52 ring gauge.       

Holding the cigar in my hand, you can tell that it was box pressed very well, and the wrapper is very appealing to the eyes. It is silky to touch while remaining very toothy, and has a nice reddish brown hue to it. There are very few veins present in the wrapper and it has wonderful aromas of chocolate, graham cracker, rich earth and eastern spices. As I light up the cigar and give it a chance to really get going, I notice lovely flavors of wood, earth and cocoa up front, and it ends with this nice chocolaty chili pepper flavor. The cigar is definitely between medium and full, and is producing a nice salt and pepper ash. I am having no problems with the burn and the smoke is very thick as well. 
Domus Magnus
As I get into the second third of the cigar there is a big change in the flavor department, and it also becomes more complex as well. The cigar is still smoking around medium full in body, with a great even burn, but it is the flavor that really throws me a curve ball. I am picking up heavy nutty characteristics up front with leather and wood, and there is a finish of earth and unsweetened coconut. It is really an interesting change in flavors in this third, and it makes me really wonder about the filler blend. I am wondering if I was picking up a lot of Esteli tobacco in the first third, and now I am getting more from Jalapa and Condega. The ash is the same color and holding on strong to the cigar though.

When I get into the final third of the cigar, the cigar is showing a culmination of flavors from the first two thirds, and I really wish the cigar was about an inch longer. There are slight notes of mocha up front with a nutty, wood and coconut core before it finishes with a sweet chili flavor. The cigar was almost like a candy bar in the final third and really showed those great qualities of tobacco. I still had not burn issues with that cigar, and the ash was still holding on strong. 

This was a very flavorful cigar and definitely the best of the Casa Magna line. I think that this cigar is meant for a more experience cigar smoker, and that is not because of the strength of the cigar but rather the complexity in the flavor. I would give this cigar a 93, and consider it one of the best cigars Quesada has released to date. This cigar had everything you can ask for in a cigar, in my opinon. It had a great body, nice flavors, good smoking quality and all the other great traits. I foresee this cigar doing very well with all critics, and a huge support from the consumers. I know I have heard nothing but praise about this cigar, and I am joining in. I don’t care which Casa Magna line you like, you will love this cigar! Out of all the cigars I have reviewed since the IPCPR this one of the few that is box worthy. As their advertisements say, it is not just great. It’s Casa Magna great.  
Optimus

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