1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for $10 PLUS a Free Gift!

Cigars

Quesada Gives Reserva Privada The Barber-Pole Treatment

Aug 21, 2017 | By Andrew Nagy
Quesada Gives Reserva Privada The Barber-Pole Treatment

When Quesada Cigars crafted a special barber-pole version of its lauded Reserva Privada for a shop in Arizona last year, the company thought it was going to be a simple store exclusive and nothing more, writing it off as a gimmick. But after smoking and enjoying samples, the company chose to release a limited quantity of Reserva Privada Barberpoles nationwide, with more to come in September.

The new Barberpole intertwines the light, Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper from the original Reserva Privada released two years ago with the darker, Connecticut broadleaf cover leaf used on last year's Reserva Privada Oscuro.

The binder in the new Reserva Privada Barberpole is the same from previous versions: San Vicente tobacco from a 1997 bumper crop grown by the Quesadas in the Dominican Republic. The leaf also appears in the filler, along with a touch of Pennsylvania broadleaf ligero for body and strength.

Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole

Reserva Privada Barberpole is available in two sizes: Toro, which measures 5 5/8 inches by 54 ring gauge, and Robusto, at 4 3/4 by 52. The Toro carries a suggested retail price of $14.65, while the Robusto will sell for $13.60. Each will come in boxes of 10, but only 300 boxes of each size are being released.

"When we first released the Reserva Privada, the 1997 vintage tobaccos we use for the binder and in the filler was sufficient for, depending on production numbers, a four- to six-year span," said Terence Reilly, of Quesada Cigars. "Producing the Barberpoles in small quantities was therefore necessary because the production calculations didn't include these cigars, and we didn't want to affect significantly the lifespan of the brand in the original Connecticut wrapper."

According to Reilly, 150 boxes were shipped in July following the IPCPR trade show, and the next 150 will be shipped in September.

The first Quesada Reserva Privada scored well with Cigar Aficionado, in particular the 6 1/2 x 56, which scored 92 points. The follow-up Reserva Privada Oscuro averaged 87.7 points in a July 19, 2016 vertical tasting.

Dominican Republic Quesada
"The store is Fine Ash Cigars in Avondale, Arizona." —August 22, 2017 03:15 AM

More in Cigars

See all
CAO Vision Returns Next Month

CAO Vision Returns Next Month

On November 9, General Cigar Co. will be releasing 2,500 boxes of the CAO Vision, a limited-edition …

Oct 26, 2020
PDR Finds Forgotten Inventory of Aged Cigars

PDR Finds Forgotten Inventory of Aged Cigars

After doing a little fall cleaning in the aging room, PDR Cigars owner Abe Flores says he found a …

Oct 22, 2020
Ramon Allones Edición Limitada 2019 Appearing Worldwide

Ramon Allones Edición Limitada 2019 Appearing Worldwide

Ever since the Cuban Ramon Allones Allones No. 2 Edición Limitada 2019 was launched in the U.K. this …

Oct 21, 2020
Forbidden Fuentes Fixed For Late Fall

Forbidden Fuentes Fixed For Late Fall

If you’ve ever wondered what a Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona or PerfecXion 888 would taste like …

Oct 19, 2020
Fratello DMV Maduro Selection Coming Next Month

Fratello DMV Maduro Selection Coming Next Month

Fratello Cigars is releasing the third installment of its limited-edition DMV Series, the DMV Maduro …

Oct 16, 2020
Ceramic Cigar Jars Mark 60 Years of Asia-Cuba Relations

Ceramic Cigar Jars Mark 60 Years of Asia-Cuba Relations

Pacific Cigar, the Habanos distributor for the Asia Pacific region, has released three limited-editio…

Oct 14, 2020