Sunday, February 5, 2012

Casa Magna Oscuro

Country: Honduras
Wrapper origin: Honduras
Wrapper type: Oscuro
Filler: Nicaraguan
Length: 6.25”
Ring: 52
Cost: $8.00

Appearance (0-20): Now this is what a cigar should look like. Everything about this screamed “buy me and smoke me.” The oscuro wrapper is probably the darkest that I’ve ever seen other than a Partagas black. The band is wrapped in a very ornate silver and blue color scheme and gives it a premium look. No flaws visibly, and it looks solid up and down.

Score: 20

Construction (0-20: Holding the cigar in my hand, it was really well packed.  After cutting it, and taking a quick pre-light draw, I was weary about how it would smoke. Lighting up the cigar, it burned well and had a nice grey ash that held on for about an inch at a time.  As I suspected, the draw was a little tight for my liking.  It gave off a good amount of smoke, but unfortunately the draw was a bit of an issue.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): The Casa Magna is listed as a full cigar, but I would probably place it in the medium-full range. I personally didn’t feel anything overpowering, but there was a decent heft after smoking down the whole stick. If something is going to be listed as full, let me feel it!

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): This is where I generally place my eggs in the basket.  The flavors were the same throughout the whole cigar, and didn’t really waver at all.  The most prevalent note was chocolate and cocoa, with some hints of woodiness.  There was no real complexity here, and it seemed somewhat dull to me.  Comparing this to the Casa Magna Colorado, there is no competition at all; the Colorado is much more flavorful and deserves the higher scores.  Regardless, the flavors that were present were strong and consistent.

Score: 16

Value (0-20): The $8 price range is probably about right, but I would opt for the Colorado wrapper if I was given the choice or had to make a recommendation.  Referring back to the appearance, this is a cigar that you would pick up and happily pay $8 for.

Score: 17

Additional Notes: Paired with Sam Adams Maple Oak Ale. Smoked at Cigars International.

Overall (0-100): Wrapping things up, the smoke was an enjoyable one, but there could have been some improvements.  First and foremost, the draw played a big issue for me.  It became somewhat tedious to draw hard two times to get the amount of smoke I needed, and did affect the overall smoking experience.  I’d definitely go back to this smoke, and hopefully the next one draws a bit better.

Score: 87

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