It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Quesada 40th Anniversary in the Toro size. This milestone cigar comes in at 6×54 and features a rich, dark brown Mexican San Andres wrapper. Inside is a Dominican binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. It’s a gorgeous stick.
The wrapper produces a strong manure and cocoa aroma. On the cold draw, I pick up a sour grape flavor. Once lit, I get spicy black pepper, leather, and buttery cocoa on the draw. Through the nose, light cedar and earth make an appearance. The finish offers creamy earth and spicy leather.
Thirty minutes in, the first third wraps up. On the draw, I pick up black licorice with some cocoa and black pepper. Through the nose, spicy cedar melts with a smoky earth. The finish offers bold leather on top of distinct clove. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to one hour. A strong Dominican twang sets in on the draw alongside more black pepper and cocoa. On the retro-hale, I pick up light cedar with sweet toast. The finish hits me with more leather and the addition of cinnamon. Strength and body are consistently medium.
The final third closes out at one hour and forty minutes. I pick up a bomb of black pepper on the draw complimented by meaty leather. Through the nose, I’m treated to more sweet toast and some coffee. The finish is bold with black pepper, more leather, and the return of clove. Strength and body creep up to the medium-to-full mark in this final third.
The Quesada 40th Anniversary is a fine cigar. It offers a lot of complexity with a nice mix of flavors provided by its geographically diverse blend. Construction is spot on, and strength and body are never overpowering. It’s a smoke all cigar lovers would enjoy, and the fact that it’s just under $10 makes it that much sweeter. I definitely recommend trying this one.