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Spotlight Brand: Casa Magna Colorado

Casa Magna

93-rated, #1 Cigar of 2008.

This phenomenal cigar is an accomplishment rolled at Nestor Plasencia's Nicaraguan factory, and is blended by legendary cigar maker Manuel Quesada. Nestor Plasencia is the largest grower of premium Cuban-seed tobacco outside Cuba. Almost every major manufacturer has created a cigar using Nestor's incredible tobacco, and many of those blends have earned high ratings among the industry's top publications. In addition, Manuel Quesada is responsible for the coveted Fonseca line, and is considered one of the best master blenders of all time. It's no wonder these two gentlemen's combined efforts have produced an award winning cigar.

Casa Magna boasts a hearty mixture of quality, premium Nicaraguan tobaccos encased in a Nicaraguan binder, and all of the leaves have been carefully fermented to perfection. To conceal these choice tobaccos, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan ligero Colorado wrapper is applied to finish the blend, characterizing it as a true Nicaraguan puro. The blend releases a medium to full-bodied array of spice and white pepper, cleverly masked by an underlying sweetness, creating a complexity and depth not found in any other cigar to date. This is a true connoisseur's cigar, and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning aficionados.

Q & A: Habano Seeds?

Q.
What are Habano seeds?

5/04/09 | by HG of Tillamook, OR

A.
Habano seeds are a general classification of tobaccos more commonly known as Cuban seeds. Under the Habano name exists many varieties of specific types of tobaccos such as Corojo, Criollo, and H-2000. These seeds are all Cuban-seed tobaccos that were specially engineered to resist specific diseases or mold, produce thicker or bigger leaves, or create particular characteristics in flavor or color. You are probably familiar with cigars featuring Corojo wrappers or Criollo wrappers and how they maintain a semi-spicy characteristic. These can both be classified as Habano-seed wrappers and are simply a more specific name under the Habano flag due to their engineering. Even the best aficionados have a hard time differentiating between the various sub types of Habano seeds since most of this type of tobacco tastes almost identical to one other. In fact, Habano-seed tobacco varies in flavor by where it is grown versus its specific seed type, which is different from other types of tobacco. 

by Dave

Review: Rocky Patel Royal Vintage

Sean G Royal Vintage
Robusto (5.5" x 50) A perfect burn and draw confirmed this was a Rocky made blend as its rich, robust notes of spice build from start to finish. Maintains an earthy finish with a cool smoke and slightly sweet nuance in the aftertaste.

Torpedo (6.1" x 52) Construction was flawless as the complex flavors between earth and pepper fought for dominance. The smoke emitted could have been a bit thicker and the sweet nuances found in the Robusto size were not as prominent, although many hints of espresso were recongizable.

Toro (6.5" x 50) Offered an easy draw and cool burn but was relatively one dimensional in terms of flavor. Notes of white pepper easily masked the earthy characteristics and the strength continued to build through the last inch. Finish was very long.

Churchill (7.1" x 48) Initial light tasted dirty and the draw was tight. However, it opened up after an inch and delivered an intense wave of pepper to the palate. The smoke had a cedary aroma but the tasty earthy characteristics found in the other sizes seemed to be lacking as pepper overwhelmed the senses.