Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Origin : Dominican RepublicQuesada cigars
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.5 x 40
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Hybrid
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Price : ~$5 each

The Quesada Tributo Alvarito is the smallest cigar you can purchase in the Quesada Tributo line. It’s a Petit Corona, measuring just 4 ½ x 40, and costing only around $5.00. It was designed as a tribute cigar to Alvaro Quesada Jr., and is only the second blend by the Quesada family to bear their name.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75)
For such a small cigar, it is surprisingly heavy. The heft of it is quite satisfying, but it does make me worry that the cigar might be particularly dense (resulting in a tight draw). The wrapper is a rich, dark brown color and has a beautiful oily sheen to it. It’s actually so shiny that it almost seems to shimmer. It’s a really lovely-looking cigar. And you have to love that band! The band design is simple, but it has this elegant sophistication to it with the stylized leaf design. The gold colors work really nicely. I just love everything about how this cigar looks. The presentation is amazing. I am just really nervous about the tightly-packed contents and what it will mean for the draw.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
Sadly I was right about the draw. This cigar really is packed very tight, and that means that the draw is tight too. This was a problem from start to finish. The burn at least was pretty even, and the dark grey ash didn’t flake much. I would really have preferred they didn’t go so overboard with the density of this cigar. A looser draw would have made the whole experience better.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
At the start, I pick up wood and nuts, as well as something sweet, which after a moment I realize is chocolate. There is also a hint of hay or grass, which accounts for the barnyard smell I got on pre-light. During the middle third, the flavors mellow, and the sweetness dissipates. In the final third, the wood note comes all the way into the foreground, though I still cannot be sure if it is oak or cedar. There are also some brand new notes that I didn’t notice earlier, something in the dark fruit vein. There is also a hint of leather. All in all, very nice in terms of the progression. While the flavors are pretty mild, you should definitely take note that this is a full-bodied smoke. It also lasts longer than you would expect given the small size (which is a good thing). It took me more than an hour to finish the Quesada Tributo Alvarito.

Value : Rating: ★★★★½
By no means can I complain about the low price tag. $5 is quite reasonable for a cigar that has really enjoyable flavors like this one. But the construction should have been better, even at that low price, so I cannot give this stogie 5/5 on value, as much as I would like to.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
If the construction on the Quesada Tributo Alvarito had been better and the draw had not been so tight—or had at least loosened up eventually—this would easily have been a 5/5 cigar. This stogie has a lot going for it, and it is definitely worth a try. With the tight draw, though, I do not think I could enjoy a whole box of these. It is a real pity, because I love the flavors, and it really is a beautiful looking stick.