Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Daga

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Daga

Quesada Q D’etat Daga

Size:   Solomon (7″  x 44/50/54)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Arapiraca

Binder:  Cuban Seed Criollo ’98

Filler:  Nicaraguan & Dominican

Strength: Mild-Medium

Price:  $9.75 MSRP

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The Quesada Q D’état Daga (Dagger) is the third and final installment in the in their Q D’état series.  The series was designed to build awareness for the fight to protect cigar smokers rights to enjoy this terrific past time.  Each line of the series is was limited to 1,000 boxes and included a membership registration form to the Cigar Rights of America which is an organization founded to help us preserve our rights to enjoy a premium cigar.

Each line in the series is a unique shape showcasing the craftsmanship involved in creating hand-rolled cigars.  The Molotov, the first of the series was a short perfecto, the Howitzer, installment number 2, was a 6×60 ring gauge, and the Daga is a unique looking Salomon.  The first two installments featured a unique blend of Dominican tobaccos.  For the final installment, the Quesada family reintroduced the highly popular 35th anniversary blend which features a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!

Grade: 9.0

Pre-Light:  (1.9)   The Daga is an attractive and impressive looking Salomon with an ever so slightly dimpled cap.  The wrapper is a deep Colorado in hue, with a lot of tooth and sheen.  There is a bit of graininess and texture to the wrapper leaf.  The seams are flawless.

The Foot is difficult to draw definable scents from due it being mostly closed but I detect a bit of hay, sweet tobacco, and a tinge of citrus.  The pre-light draw is delectable with a creamy sweet tobacco, white chocolate, a mild coffee note, and a bit of oak.

Burn:  (1.7)  At first the burn requires a little effort due to the Salomon shape.   As the head of the Salomon burns, the draw opens up.  The burn line is fairly crisp past the head of the bulb.  The Salomon produced ample amounts of smoke that got thicker and more textured as the smoke progressed.  The Daga’s smoked for review needed the occasional touch up.

Flavor:  (2.7)  The first few puffs of the Daga are quite smooth with a discernable oak to the flavor.  There is a mild pepper and mild spice on the finish.   As the bulb burns off I pick up recurring bits of coffee and leather that are interwoven through the smoke.  While progressing through the bulb elements of citrus dart through the oaky smoke.  Through the first third the strength is mild, yet complex, while the flavor is medium to full.

Just past the bulb and there is a dominant cedar that steps to the foreground along with a sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and a very soft pepper.  Through the second third and the flavors are consistent with the cedar at the foreground, as well as varying shifts between milk and dark chocolate, and a creamy coffee. The strength is moving into the medium range.  flavor remains complex and noteworthy.

Smoking through the last third and the Daga still features a very woodsy core with a rich leather joining the flavor profile.  That creamy coffee has turned into a much darker espresso note.  The mild spice has persisted throughout and leaves a gentle tingle to the tongue.  Retro hale is incredibly smooth and features a gentle sweet cedar.  As I get closer to the nub I am greeted by a reoccurring floral note that I didn’t notice earlier as well as an increase in the spice.

Overall:  (2.7)   I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, I love the way Quesada does their limited releases.  They are unique, yet affordable, and each one has it’s own character.

The Daga is a quite complex smoke, far more so than the previous installments, and is most certainly my favorite of the line.  The flavors are a bit nuanced at times but certainly discernable, the cigar burns well with a really outstanding draw once the bulb is fully burning.  I also really enjoyed that the Daga was more of a medium strength cigar, which is a bit of a departure from my usual routine.

Also, a big kudos to the Quesada family for bringing back a blend that was widely regarded as a signature blend for the family and one that is hard to come by these days. The Daga is one of those cigar that provides a tremendous combination of value, meaning, flavor, and experience.  Well done, the Daga is an excellent closing statement to the Q D’état trilogy.               

Total: 9.0