Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Criollo
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan
Factory: Quesada Cigars
Price Range: $5-$7
Availability: Store Exclusive (SmallBatchCigar.com) 100 boxes of 50
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Quesada 40th Petite Belicoso – First Thoughts
When Andrew first mentioned the Small Batch exclusive size of the Quesada 40th Anniversary blend, I didn’t realize just how good this cigar would be. I believe I said something along the lines of, “Haven’t had a bad Quesada, but haven’t been wowed by one yet either.” No doubt he was smirking the whole time.
I fired up my first one earlier in the week and it’s been in my head ever since. I remember a spice bomb that was just shy of being too much yet I kept wanting more.
Quesada 40th Petite Belicoso – First Half
Earth, Wood, Peppercorn, Nuts, Spice, Cocoa Powder, Leather, Baking Spices, Toasted Graham Cracker, Dark Chocolate
My first impressions are of earth, wood, peppercorn, and a nutty sweetness. Spice begins to work it’s way into the party after just a few puffs. It’s a lingering, strong-arming, ass kicking type of spice that keeps me coming back for more. Traditionally, I’m not a big fan of spicy cigars, but there have been a few cigars in recent memory that pull it off extremely well. This Quesada 40th Petite Belicoso being Chief among them.
After a few moments, cocoa powder, cream, and a rich earthiness take the lead with a spicy finish that’s just sublime. The earth is my favorite sort: slightly sweet, fresh tilled, moist, dirt. Not the dark, sultry, overbearing earth. This is brighter, richer, and ultimately much more enjoyable to my tastes.
Leather develops around the half inch mark along with subtle hints of baking spices in the background. The cocoa powder notes morphs into nuances of chocolate truffles that come and go from time to time.
Coffee and cream is an excellent pairing with this cigar, highlighting some of the sweeter notes without diminishing the spicier side of the wheelhouse. Rye bourbon plays up the woodsy, leathery components and also pairs nicely. My usual go-to, Rum, is the only thing I have on the porch that doesn’t play nice with the Quesada 40th Petite Belicoso.
Just shy of the first band, wood, toasted graham cracker, and dark chocolate begin dominating the scene. While the flavors aren’t overly complex or changing rapidly, I’m falling in love with this low-maintenance experience. Haven’t had to use the torch since the initial lighting, the draw is just about perfect (and could adjust with the torpedo tip) and all that’s left is to enjoy it.
Quesada 40th Petite Belicoso – Second Half
Leather, Cream, Toasted Graham Cracker, Espresso, Barnyard, Almond Extract, Teddy Grahams, Dark Chocolate, Cashew
Dropping that magnificent ash, the second half wastes no time picking up where we left off. The only noteworthy difference is a more prominent dark chocolate along with the addition of what I would consider espresso. Down to the supporting espresso flavors such as caramel, very faint fruity notes, and a little bitterness.
Removing the last band, barnyard flavors emerge along with a presence that I can only describe as almond extract. Spice from the first third is almost nonexistent now as we experience the first real flavor shift.
With about an inch and a half left, I’m getting notes of Teddy Grahams along with dark, bitter chocolate, and cashews. I’m not one to nub cigars that often, but I can tell that I’ll be finishing this one already. There’s a little heat on the tongue from the small cut, but otherwise nothing unpleasant at this stage in the game.
Leather surges again and bitterness exit’s stage left. The last few moments of this cigar are the best in recent memory, and I’m only calling it quits here because it’s awkward to hold.
Wonderful Spice Bomb
Somewhat linear flavors