Cigar Review: Quesada 40th Salomon Press

Cigar Review: Quesada 40th Salomon Press

Quesada Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andreas)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 6 3/4″ x 52
Strength: full bodied
Price: $13.50

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Overall Rating: 8.8

The Quesada family has been making cigar for five generations, and in celebration of Manuel Quesada’s 40 years of dedication to the industry they have released the Quesada 40th. The 40th Salomon Press is a uniquely shaped cigar full of cocoa, coffee, cedar and pepper flavors. This is one of those cigars that you let age in the humidor and save for special occasions. My friend Issy at Smoke Inn Cigars turned me onto this cigar, and I need to thank him next time I see him because it was quite good.

Pre-Light: The Quesada 40th Salomon Press is a unique looking cigar. The shape is definitely different, with its flat interior and bulbous ends. It’s dark wrapper has an appetizing look to it with a couple prominent veins and one noticeable seem. The two black, gold and silver bands look great against the dark chocolate colored wrapper.

An aroma of natural tobacco and earth comes from the unlit cigar. The pre-light draw is a bit on the tight side, but that’s to be expected from a cigar of this shape. A sweet natural tobacco flavor comes through on the cold draw.

Burn: Once lit, the draw on the Quesada 40th Salomon Press opens up significantly, and is quite smooth and easy. The burn is slightly lopsided, and occasionally needs a a bit of correcting. However, in the final third, the burn does even out. It unique shape causes the Quesada 40th Salomon Press to feel a bit odd to hold, but that could be because my hands are a lot bigger than average.

Flavor: From the start there’s a strong sweetness to the Quesada 40th with flavors of natural tobacco, coffee and cocoa. A mild black pepper remains in the background, until it picks up about an inch into the cigar. Cocoa and pepper start to dominate an inch into the Quesada 40th with hints of cedar, coffee and leather. During the second third a slight grassiness joins the existing chocolate, natural tobacco and sweet cedar. At the transition to the last third the black pepper picks up significantly. Dark roast coffee, chocolate, sweet cedar and spice all blend together to make the final third very interesting. The final inch of the cigar is dominated by strong black pepper.

Overall: The Quesada Salomon Press is an interesting cigar. It’s unique shape amplifies the flavor, but the burn is slightly uneven. There’s a pleasing sweetness to the chocolate, coffee and pepper flavors that is quite enjoyable. Flavor-wise this is a hard cigar to put down. It you’re a fan of Quesada cigars this is definitely a must try. The Quesada 40th has all the hallmarks has all the characteristics of a cigar that should age well. Personally, I liked the cigar and will probably put a few in my humidor to age and give to friends.

Pairing: A cappuccino or coffee is the best choice for pairing with the Quesada 40th Salomon Press. When it comes to scotch a peaty island malt is the best choice. The Lagavulin 16, Ledaig 10, Talisker Storm, Isle of Arran 12 or Ardbeg 10 are all great choices for pairing with the Quesada 40th. A Camus Ile del Re Cognac will also pair well this cigar.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)