When the Casa Magna Colorado Robusto was named top cigar of the year for 2008 by Cigar Aficionado
, many cigar smokers were asking 'Casa What'? At the time, Casa Magna was just another new brand of cigars that many of us had never even heard about, let alone smoked. Now, thanks to CA
, a good number of cigar smokers know that Casa Magna cigars are Nicaraguan puros made by Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia, and that these cigars are both surprisingly affordable and
legal in the U.S. These are qualities that are not always the norm for a cigar rated number one by Cigar Aficionado Magazine.
Anyway, after their #1 rating, Casa Magna cigars in the Robusto size
just flew off retailers' shelves, and were hard to come by for some time. Other sizes, such as the Toritos, which is a shorter and thicker Robusto, are more readily available. The Toritos measures 4 ¾ long with a ring gauge
of 60. As stated above, all tobaccos in these cigars are grown in Nicaragua. The term 'Colorado' refers to the reddish-brown color of the cigar's wrapper
My Casa Magna Toritos was a full-bodied cigar, which began with a peppery taste. After about five to ten minutes, a cocoa flavor became more predominate. After another five minutes, the cigar had more of an earthy taste, combined with a bitter-sweet coffee flavor. At the 20-minute mark, a leathery flavor kicked in. This was one complex cigar! As I continued to smoke, the flavors began to mellow, ending on a more creamy note after about 45 minutes of total smoking time. The flavor nuances were very interesting, to say the least, and the overall taste was very good (but not exceptional).
Draw and Construction
The Casa Magna Toritos was well made and had a good draw. The burn was somewhat even, but did require a couple of touch-up lights to keep from getting too uneven. This is not unusual for a cigar with a large 60 ring gauge. The cigar never went out, and did not require any relights. The length of the ash was medium, and the cigar lasted for about 45 minutes with about 1 ½ inches remaining.
As eluded to earlier, Casa Magna cigars are very affordable. It is not everyday (or every year) that you can buy the number one rated cigar by Cigar Aficionado for only about six bucks. I paid $6.25 for a single Toritos cigar, but a box of 27 will cost around $137 online, which works out to an average of just over $5 per stick. The Robusto size is slightly cheaper, if you can find them. For any experienced cigar smoker, the Casa Magna is a must-try at this price point. Although they may not be the best cigars you ever smoked, they will not disappoint you. Someone once said that you only regret the things you didn't try, and for such a relatively low price, there is no reason not to try a Casa Magna cigar yourself. Have no regrets!