This was a cigar that I’ve wanted to try for a while now, and as luck would have it, a recent conversation with a friend on twitter about the fantastic cigars offered by Quesada led to Terence Reilly sending me this with a few other cigars. The Q D’Etat line is to be extremely limited and is available in boxes of ten.
The construction was an extremely unique solomon, as it is, as the spanish word Daga, in the shape of a dagger. The pre-light sniff was a delightful treat of dark chocolate, leather, and coffee. The foot not being as open as your normal vitola, was a little tougher to figure out, I definitely noted some spice and earth. A straight cut offered a dry draw of cedar, dark chocolate, and some natural tobacco.
The first third was an extremely delicious start to the cigar. Notes of pepper and leather were the main players in the first few puffs. Into the first third, the coffee began to become a more prominent member of the profile, and this addition helped create the creamy finish. The burn was spectacular for a cigar of this particular shape. One may or may not expect issues given the vitola, but this cigar proves that wrong. The ash formed was a salt and pepper color and held on extremely well. The draw was pleasing, producing smoke that was pleasantly ample and aromatic.
The second third saw the pepper take step down and focus more on the dark chocolate and coffee notes. Someways into the second third cedar became an addition to the cigar in small doses. The leather was still a strong presence. The burn stayed as good as it was in the beginning and throughout the cigar. The ash solid after a tap, and the smoke as ample as could be. the draw again, perfect.
The final third was a beautiful finish to a flavorful smoke. The dark chocolate and coffee remained the dominant notes ending in a tasteful finish that stayed cool to the nub. In the second and final thirds I ended up touching up here and there, very few times, nothing drastic. Burning my fingertips was a must. Excellent cigar.
All in all this was an spectacular offering from Quesada. Truthfully, this is the only vitola I’ve smoked in this line, but I look forward to changing that soon. In addition, I’ll be getting a box of these limited smokes, they are more than worth it, and I’d suggest you look into them as well. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan