Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Arapiraca
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Price : 5.50 EUR each
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If you know the story behind the Quesada Seleccion Espana, you might be a bit surprised at the title of this review. Europe? Weren't these supposed to be released in Spain, then a few boxes leaked to the US because the cigars were really good? [you can find some more information about this cigar here and here]
Well, I mentioned 'Europe' simply because I found this stick in a B&M in Amsterdam and it didn't have the second "Seleccion Espana" band. Looking at the size and the main band (as well as the flavor profile), I am fairly confident this is the same blend, released across Europe (or just in the Netherlands? I don't know). Needless to say, I was pretty excited to sample these because they received really good press overseas.
The presentation for these cigars is gorgeous. They come in a beautiful wood box featuring the Quesada leaf logo. The same logo is featured on the cigar bands in striking blue, gold, white, and black tones. The cigars themselves are medium brown in color and slightly oily with prominent veins, but a very consistent look and feel. They may strike you as “hard” to the touch, but don’t let this deter you.
The draw is great, offering just enough resistance without being tight. Ash holds on well before falling off. The only complaint I could have would be that sometimes the burn line needed a touchup, but this only happened a couple of times, and it was no big deal. The cigar produces a lot of aromatic smoke.
The flavor of this cigar is excellent, with a perfect balance of spice and other flavors, very Cubanesque. The first third is honey, spice, cedar, leather, and raisins. The leather flavors become more prominent in the middle third, accompanied by chocolate, nuts, coffee, and cinnamon. The notes blend one into another and alternate with such a frequency that the moment I noticed one flavor, it often melted right into another. This was quite novel and enjoyable, however, and I liked the effect. The last third combined the complexity of the previous flavors along with a punch of spice, more leather, and a minty finish.
This cigar is priced at €5.50 / $7.00 or so, which makes it very competitive against Cuba's most popular short robustos on the market (Montecristo Petit Edmundo, Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto...). The price is well worth it.
Overall Rating :
As you can see, I was really impressed by this Dominican cigar. The flavors and aromas are top notch, and I love the strong Cubanesque profile with the added complexity and depth given to it by the many innovative notes. If you enjoy a complex and flavorful cigar, give it a try. I’m glad I bought a whole box!