Casa Magna Colorado

3-7-12 been in humidor since 1-28-11

Casa Magna Colorado Belicoso (6.5 x 52)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia

The robusto vitola of this cigar was Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year in 2008. This Particular cigar was handed to me at Nestor Plasencia’s Segovia Cigars Factory in Estali, Nicaragua. The tobacco for this cigar was grown in Estali and Jalapa Nicaragua. Estali tobacco tends to be stronger than other regions of Nicaragua. Jalapa (north of Estali) grown tobacco tends to be milder but have more complexities and refinement to it. The overall flavor profile between these growing regions is very similar with the biggest difference being the strength. One of the key differences in the growing regions is the soil. Estali has a rich dark (almost black) soil that produces the rich dark tobacco, whereas Jalapa has a soil that is more clay in nature that is not quite as nutrient rich.

Not only does the tobacco have a pedigree, but so do the creators.

Casada has been in the cigar business since the mid 70’s. He originally started with mild to medium blends that had mostly Dominican fillers and Connecticut wrappers. The Casa Magna is a foot in the door to the full bodied world that may of today’s smokers are demanding.

The Plasencia family has been growing tobacco in Nicaragua since the 1960’s after the Cuban Revolution eventually forced the family out of Cuba. In the 80’s the Family lost the farm and Factory to the Sandinista Revolution and they opened a Factory in Honduras. Currently the Plasencia Family has two locations. One in Estali, Nicaragua and one in Danli, Honduras. Nestor Plasencia Sr and Jr now oversee operations of the family business and are considered to be some of the top Tobacco growers and foremost authorities in cigar tobacco in the world.

The Wrapper On the Casa Magna Colorado is dark but with a very slight red hue. It feels oily in the hand with a very smooth wrapper. The seems are difficult to see and there are few, if any, dominate veins. The black and gold band doesn’t seem to be anything special.

It has a slightly spicy smell with a classic barnyard overall profile. The lick on the cap before the cut is spicy and oily. It is one of the most spicy licks on a cap I have ever had. Cut with a double guillotine. The draw has a licorice hint to it and the draw is smooth and even.

The usual light with a soft flame applies.

The cigar opens up with a surprisingly sweet cedar note. Through the nose there is more wood and a hint at spice. The finish has a hint at coffee but it is short and light at the early minutes of the cigar. The texture is very smooth. The “pulp” aspects that I find in most Nicaraguan puros is at a minimum. This first third is milder and more delicate than was expected. The ash holds firmly and at just over an inch I knocked it off with a surprising amount of resistance.

The middle third starts out pretty much the same but with a slightly longer finish. The wood through the nose is exceptional. The balance is wonderful. The flavors are still what I would call “delicate,” but they are defined. This keeps them interesting. As the middle third progresses, coffee notes start to mingle with the mix. Much of this is on the finish and every now and again it is through the nose. This progression continues the entire middle third.

There are a few burn issues with one side consistently burning much slower (if it is burning at all) than the other side. A touch up is needed from time to time. It doesn’t seem to detract from the flavor but it is slightly annoying and does detract from the overall feel of the cigar.

The final third of the cigar is again much like the first two thirds. There is a slight increase in spice while still retaining the smooth qualities. What has impressed me so far on this cigar is the depth of flavor. There may not be as many different flavors in this cigar as some other cigars and there may not be as much of a “journey” in this cigar as others, but the flavors it does have are on different levels from each other. It manages to feel round while retaining a straight forward quality. There are a few more burn issues at the usual spot for a hand rolled cigar (near the band) but none of them have a huge impact on the flavor that I can see.

The end of this cigar bring on more smooth coffee notes. The cigar is never overwhelming, never abrasive in any way, and never harsh. It is a very well balanced cigar that I recommend to just about anyone.

Burn time 2 hours 10 minutes

Burn: 8

Draw: 10

Taste: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 10

Feel: 8

Overall: 9.1 of 10

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~ by kuzi16 on March 8, 2012.

3 Responses to “Casa Magna Colorado”

  1. 9.1 out of 10 not bad, haven’t really heard much on this one. I’ve been on the fence about giving it a try but aside from the burn issue it sounds good. Might have to try and pick up a 5 pack.

  2. I have been wondering about this cigar, now I have to try it. Thanks for the great review!

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