Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 05 April 2010

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quesadapic1 Once again, I come to you with some news on newly-released or soon-to-be-released cigars. They vary in price and background, but all seem to be worthy of being put on the “to buy” list. So, let's take a peek now at the Quesada Tributo, the Cohiba Behike, and the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo.

Quesada Tributo

There are often many cigars released to the public with new blends of tobacco aimed at capturing a target audience. There are also times when cigars are made that have a special meaning behind them to the creators. Such is the case with the Quesada Tributo. Tributo means tribute in Spanish, and this particular upcoming release is a tribute to four men either from or very close to the Quesada family who have passed.

The Quesada Tributo will be released in May by Matasa Cigars. Matasa (Manufactura de Tabacos S.A.), is owned and run by the Quesada family and headed by Manuel Quesada. The Tributo will be just the second cigar from Matasa to carry the Quesada moniker, with the previously released Quesada 35th Anniversary being the first to do so in 2009. The cigar is set to have a filler blend of tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It will also have a Nicaraguan Ligero binder. Topping it off will be a special wrapper composed of an Ecuadorian hybrid leaf that somewhat resembles the popular Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.

The four sizes that will be released are where one can see where the cigar's tribute name really comes into play, as each of the four sizes is named after the four men no longer with the Quesada family. The largest cigar from the Tributo line will be the 6.5x60 Manolin, named after Manuel Quesada's father, who is the man responsible for sparking the interest in the Quesada family to move from being leaf processors to being manufacturer's of their own brand of cigars. The other sizes have more of a tragic feel to them, as they are named after three people who lost their lives prematurely in a plane accident that occurred in 2002. The 6x52 Alvaro is named after Manuel's brother and the 4.5x40 Alvarito is dedicated to Alvaro's son. Finally, the 5x50 Julio is named after Julio Fajardo, who was a close friend and confidant to Manuel over the years.

The Manolin, Alvaro, and Julio will be offered in boxes of 24, and the smaller Alvarito will be available in boxes of 50. You can expect to see this special tribute line available around May 15. Be sure to pick them up while you can, as only 150,000 are expected to be released. You can bet that the cigar will be high quality and carefully made, especially when you consider the significance behind its creation.

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