It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a cigar from a brand new company. Timothy Burns, an impressive one-man operation, started Quema cigars. For this review, I smoke the Maduro in the Toro size. This 6×52 cigar offers a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan Criollo 98 filler. It appears to be very well rolled.
Pre-light, the wrapper gives me a barnyard and cocoa aroma with the same out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up a faint sweet and salty cocoa. Once lit, cocoa with black pepper and earth come through on the draw. Through the nose, I find more cocoa and underlying cedar. The finish gives me more cocoa with leather.
After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find a delicious mix of cocoa and buttery cream. Through the nose, I pick up citrus with a nice cedar and black pepper combo. The finish gives me distinct coffee and oak. Construction is perfect with a razor sharp burn and tight ash. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third finishes at one hour. I find black pepper on the draw with more cocoa and earth. On the retro-hale, I pick up toast with cocoa. The finish offers a hint of raisin with more coffee. The construction on this cigar continues to impress me, and strength and body remain consistent at the medium mark.
The final third ends at one hour and forty minutes. The draw is delicious with the return of buttery cream alongside back pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, spicy almond compliments cedar. On the finish, grass and leather come in with bold espresso. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Quema Maduro is a fantastic cigar. It has some of the best construction I’ve seen in quite some time with a perfect burn and huge ash. There is a good level of complexity with very smooth smoke and balanced flavors. This brand has a bright future ahead of it, and I look forward to future offerings. I highly recommend this one.
Thank you to Timothy Burns for sending this in for review. I truly appreciate it!