Cigar Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Gordo Real

Cigar Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Gordo Real

Casa Magna Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/4 x 60
Strength: medium to full
Price: $8.95

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Overall Rating: 9.0

At one point, the Casa Magna Colorado was a cigar that barely stayed on retailers’ shelves, but as time went on the Casa Magna fell out of favor with the cigar community. Maybe it was too much hype, but whatever the reason it has taken some time for the Casa Magna brand to shake off that stigma. First with the release of the Dominus Magnus and now with the box pressed Colorado, Quesada Cigars has reinvented the Casa Magna brand while staying true to its past. The quality of construction and depth of favor to their cigars are quite impressive. The new Box pressed Colorado is a good cigar at a great price that is worth adding to the humidor on a regular basis.

Pre-Light: The Casa Magna Colorado is a very classic looking cigar. The band has an almost Renaissance Italian look that is shared by the rest of the Casa Magna line. A square box pressing makes it easy to hold, and the beautiful reddish brown wrapper only serves to heighten the old world appeal of this cigar.

The reddish brown Colorado wrapper looks great and is finished with a nice cap. An aroma of hay and wood are readily apparent. The pre-light draw is fairly easy with cinnamon flavors.

Burn: On occasion the burn on this cigar can be just slightly uneven, but it does correct itself fairly quickly. On occasion, some of the cigars I smoked required minor touch ups. Construction on the Casa Magna Colorado is a well constructed cigar with a draw is is quite easy, as it produces large amounts of flavorful white smoke. The ash does not hold so well to this cigar, so be diligent about ashing it or your cloths will end up covered in grey spots.

Flavor: When the Casa Magna Colorado is lit, it begins with sweet woods. The sweetness gives the first third an almost pipe tobacco quality to the early stages of the cigar. A light graham cracker and honey note enters an inch into the Colorado Box Press. There is a light airy quality to the smoke that is very unique. As the second third begins a mild cinnamon and leather join the existing redwood, pipe tobacco and graham cracker. The strength has remained on the full side of medium during the first half of the cigar. Entering the final third, the cinnamon really begins to stand out. There’s just a hint of white pepper that creeps in during the last inch and remain until the end. Towards the end the strength of the cigar picks up to full during the final third of the cigar. The Casa Magna Colorado Box Press is so flavorful that it’s hard to put it down.

Overall: I found the Casa Magna Colorado Box Press to be an impressive cigar from start to finish. There’s a light airiness to it that it uncommon among medium to full bodied cigars. What made it all the more surprising to me is that I was not a huge fan of the original Casa Magna Colorado when it first came out. Sure, it was a good cigar at a reasonable price, but it never blew me away and certainly wasn’t what I’d consider the Cigar of the Year*. So I was a bit dubious about this new box pressed version. However, I ended up really enjoying this new box pressed Casa Magna. My only real issue was that the flavors did not develop as much as I would have liked; throughout this is a fairly one note cigar. That said, it is still a very enjoyable cigar. It’s reasonable and high quality make this a great every day cigar for the medium to full bodied cigar smoker. I personally have gone through a couple boxes since they came out, and it has found a regular place in my humidor.

Pairing: The Casa Magna Colorado pairs very well with a wide variety of beverages. My personal choice to pair with the Casa Magna is the Compass Box Peat Monster. The Ardbeg 10, Tobermory 10 and Oban 14 are are great single malts to pair with the box pressed Casa Magna Colorado.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

* The Casa Magna Colorado won Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year in 2008.