Cigar Aficionado

Quesada to Debut Limited Edition Casa Magna

Casa Magna, the bargain-priced Nicaraguan cigar brand that took the cigar world by storm when it was named Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2008, will soon have a new, limited-edition version.

The Casa Magna Domus Magnus, made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua, and blended by Manuel Quesada and the Plasencia family, will come in two sizes. The Maximus will measure 6 1/2 inches by 55 ring, and the Optimus will measure 5 3/4 by 52. They will retail for $9.95 and $8.95, respectively, and will debut next month.

The cigars will be box pressed-a first for the brand-and both sizes will have pigtails. They will come in ten-count boxes.

While the cigars are made entirely from Nicaraguan tobaccos, they will be quite different in style from the Casa Magna Colorado and Oscuro varieties that are already on sale.

"It's a totally different blend," said Quesada. "The wrapper is a sun-grown Jalapa wrapper, and we have blended for the wrapper. It's a totally different taste. I would consider them a little stronger and a totally different direction in the taste."

"The Casa Magna Colorado line is one of my favorite. If this is a totally different blend then why are they calling it a Casa Magna special edition? I think they should have used aged tobacco and tried to replicate that wonderful blend that is in the original casa. Nevertheless, I will trust Mr. Quezada's judgment on this one." —June 15, 2011 10:50 AM