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Monday, 12 May 2014

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Do the Quesada 40th Anniversary and the Illusione Cruzado Marelas Supremas have what it takes to make it into your humidor?  Keep reading to find out.

Quesada 40th Anniversary Toro Real

The Quesada 40th Anniversary is a recent release that has just hit the shelves, and as you can tell by its name, this is an anniversary cigar.  What does it celebrate?  According to Patricia Quesada, it celebrates her father Manuel Quesada’s 40 years in the cigar industry.  Here’s her official quote from the press release:

“The 40th anniversary cigar celebrates my father’s dedication and passion for the tobacco industry, and a special way to commemorate the consistency in quality that has characterized his cigars year after year. It is an opportunity for us to cherish his achievements, and at the same time look forward to adding more chapters to a story that began many years ago.”

Quesada’s Terence Reilly also commented on the new release, saying:

“The Quesada 40th Anniversary is intended to capture the very essence of our company: the synthesis of tradition and innovation. Originality does not spring from thin air but rather is the result of reinterpreting and building upon what has been accomplished. Consequently, it is only by embracing the past and using our knowledge of tobacco that has been handed down through generations that we will be able to create innovative blends and sizes. The Quesada 40th is the best expression of this goal to date.”

With that out of the way, let’s jump into the review.

I chose the Toro Real format of the Quesada 40th for this review, which measures 6 x 65.  Two other sizes in the line include the 6 x 54 Toro and the 5 x 52 Robusto.  Those are the regular production sizes.  The Quesada 40th also comes in two limited sizes, which include the 6 x 49 Toro Press and the 6 ¾ x 50/33 Salomon Press.  Lastly, there’s a Special Manolo blend that comes in a 50-count box that is a Corona Clasica measuring in at 6 ½ x 46.  The cigar has a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan Seco, Viso, and Ligero tobaccos.  The binder is Dominican, and a Mexican San Andres Valley wrapper completes the composition. 

The Quesada 40th Anniversary Toro Real is a very attractive cigar.  It has a dark brown wrapper that’s oily and has a few medium-sized veins. The banding really catches my eye, and I’m a big fan of its black, gold, and white color scheme.  It displays the Quesada name and logo, as well as the 40th Anniversary name.  The cigar feels heavy in my hand, and is also firm to the touch.  This is a thick stogie, so if you’re not a fan of 60+ ring gauge cigars, give the other vitolas a look.  Prior to lighting, I get a sweet aroma and a spicy cold taste.

It takes a bit of work to get this thick stick lit, but once it gets going, it’s a smooth ride all the way.  The burn is even and requires no touch-ups or relights.  There’s a ton of smoke and the draw is perfect.  I used a punch, by the way.






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