Cigar Aficionado

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto
Robusto
93
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
52 52
Tasting Note
Manuel Quesada has been making cigars since 1974. His original cigars were mild bodied, most of them a blend of Dominican filler and binder tobaccos cloaked with light Connecticut-seed wrappers. His latest endeavors are bolder, more vibrant smokes. The Casa Magna is his greatest innovation. He joined forces with Nicaragua’s largest grower of cigar tobacco, Nestor Plasencia, and created this blend in Plasencia’s Segovia Cigar factory. The line of five cigars saw first light in the summer at an industry trade show and the entire brand was initially reviewed in the August 26 Cigar Insider. Standing above the other sizes was the robusto, a stubby cigar with a bold heart of Cuban-seed tobacco, all of it grown in two very different regions of Nicaragua: tobacco from Estelí (the area where most Nicaraguan cigars are produced) tends to be strong, while that grown in Jalapa, to the north, is typically more balanced and elegant. Together they combine to create a full-flavored cigar, full of rich coffee notes and balanced by a cedary sweetness with a hint of raisins. Best of all is the price: at only $5.25, this superb smoke is less expensive than all but one cigar on this list (No. 23, which is a nickel cheaper.) The word “Colorado” in the brand name refers to the dark, slightly reddish hue of the wrapper, and is a hint that Quesada will expand this line to more styles. It will be hard to improve upon this.
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 52
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $5.25
Designation Top 25 of 2008 | Cigar of the Year
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2013 | Score: 89

This alluringly dark cigar has a firm draw and uneven burn. First puffs are strong and peppery with earth and baker's chocolate. The smoke leaves a powdery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2013 | Score: 87

Strikingly oil in appearance, this corona gorda is sweet and syrupy with hickory, cedar and toasted marshmallow note, though the finish verges on saccharine.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2008 | Score: 92

Well made with a dark and oily wrapper. It draws nicely, loading the palate with a smoke that is rich with coffee and leather notes, yet balanced by a cedary sweetness.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 26, 2008 | Score: 92

Well made with a dark and oily wrapper. It draws nicely, loading the palate with a smoke that is rich with coffee and leather notes, yet balanced by a cedary sweetness.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale