Manolo Quesada 75th Anniversary

Final thoughts, the overall look of this cigar was beautiful. It reminded me of a Brindle puppy. The flavors were nice and relaxing and the transitions made the cigar enjoyable the whole way through. Would love to try this with a latte or some Cooper’s craft 100.

The Quesada family, originally bakers from Spain before arriving in Cuba, entered the tobacco industry in the late 1800s when a debt was repaid to them with tobacco. They explored different tobaccos and arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1929 but remained headquartered in Cuba until the 1960s. In 1974, they established Manufactura de Tabacos, S.A. (MATASA) in Santiago, which began with three rollers and expanded to 35. Today, Manuel “Manny” Quesada, along with the 5th generation, his daughters Patricia and Raquel, and his niece Esther Quesada, keep the tradition going strong with the now more than 300 employees of the Quesada Cigar Factory.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo / Binder: Nicaraguan / Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Vitola: Churchill / Size: 6.75 x 48

Factory: Tabacos de Exportación / Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Barn yard, manure, musty tobacco

Prunes, sweet tobacco

Prunes, raisins, slight chocolate

On the light, not much going on at the moment. Slight notes of dusty hay, nuts, and tobacco.  The retro is very faint as well. Only bringing out notes of tobacco and a slight white pepper in the distance. Into the first, this cigar starts to come out of its shell.  Lots of wonderful cream, Cedar and almonds on the front and finishing with a mix of Cedar and Orange zest on the retro. A slight vanilla bean likes to show up every now and then. Fairly tight draw, great burn, tight white ash holds well over an inch. Short finish and strength is about a medium

Into the second, lots of thick creamy smoke thats feels like it clings to the roof of your mouth and tongue.  Still a tight draw but a great burn. Flavors are lots of cream, Cedar, almonds, and a vanilla on the pallet and Cedar, vanilla and a slight Orange note on the retro. A root beer flavor has started to make an appearance and is showing to be one of the prominent flavors in this third. strength is still about a medium

Into the final third, I still get lots of thick chewy smoke and a good burn. Cream and Cedar are still your primary notes followed by almonds and a slight root beer note. The retro brings the nutty Cedar note and a slight spice. Smoke is starting to get hot the further I go into this third, but it’s not bad. Strength is a medium. Ending this cigar most of the notes have meshed together. Primary flavors are Cedar, almonds, and a slight coffee with cream on the pallet and retro. Burn stay good and the strength finished about a medium.

Charles Ruth

Live in Newport Tennessee. Husband to an amazing woman. Father to three amazing kids. Current President of Tri-Star Herf Crew.

Charles Ruth

Live in Newport Tennessee. Husband to an amazing woman. Father to three amazing kids. Current President of Tri-Star Herf Crew.