Happy Memorial day everyone. On behalf of all of the ash-holes here at Nice Tight Ash I’d like to extend our deepest thanks to our military service members, past and present; we are forever in your debt.
Today I have a short written review of a cigar that was provided by Cigars Direct. The Casa Magna came with a lot of buzz after being named the “2008 Cigar of the Year” by Cigar Aficionado. As a result many shops had a hard time keeping them on their shelves. In the interest of keeping this short, I’ll get right into the review.
Name: Casa Magna Colorado
Made in: Esteli, Nicaraguan
Price: less than $5.00
Comes in: Box of 42
Vitola: Petit Corona (4 3/4″ X 42)
Right out of the gate the Casa Magna Colorado was full bodied and strong, there was no build-up for this cigar. The smoke was heavy with the predominant flavors of earth and leather. Within the first inch a harsh black pepper note became apparent through the retro-hale. Oddly enough, the same black pepper note was pleasant on the palate. Sadly, the draw on this cigar was extremely tight which made each puff a chore. The ash was firm and fell after about two inches. Towards the end of the first half hints of coffee began to appear, but that did little to perk my interest.
On the bright side, the draw was beginning to loosen but not enough to make drawing on the cigar much easier. The flavor combination of earth, leather, black pepper and coffee remained as they built in strength. Normally, I enjoy a strong cigar, but in the case of the Casa Magna I did not. During the second half of this cigar I began to develop a headache and a queasy stomach. Wish I could blame this on some good booze, but I paired this cigar with water. With approximately 1.5 inches left to go I sat the Casa Magna down in the ashtray and never picked it back up… except to snap this picture.
I’ve tried the Casa Magna Colorado multiple times over the last year and a half, and although some have been better than others, my general opinion is that this cigar is not very good. But why is that the case, I ask myself. The only conclusion I can come to is that the tobacco must need some additional aging. The combination of flavors in this cigar would normally be right up my alley; however, there is a harshness that makes enjoying the Casa Magna nearly impossible. I can’t remember a time that I felt sick after smoking a cigar, but I’m committing this one to memory.
Until next time… Nothing beats a Nice Tight Ash.