Cigar Review: Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero

Cigar Review: Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero

Quesada Cigars / Stogies World Class Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Arapiraca)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 7″ x 38
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $8.75

Overall Rating: 9.3

Any fan of the lancero vitola has probably heard of the H-Town Lancero Series from Stogies World Class Cigars (especially if they are regular readers of ToastedFoot). Stogies’ owner Jorge Ahued is one of the biggest devotees to the lancero vitola, and has a series of exclusive lanceros that can’t be found anywhere else. The fourth installment in the H-Town Lancero Series is the Quesada Selección España, and it is a very impressive cigar. There was previously a very limited España lancero release, but the construction and flavor of the H-Town is slightly better. This is an extremely flavorful cigar, and may be the best H-Town yet. (I feel like I say this with each new installment to the H-Town lancero, but they really do just keep getting better.) With a production of only 300 boxes, the Quesada Selección España H-Town is a cigar that won’t last long once people discover how good it is.

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Pre-Light: The wrapper of the Quesada Selección España H-Town has a light brown coloring to it that stands out against the España band. I have to point out that there is an issue with the bands, they were put on backwards and the Stogies World Class Cigars logo was covered up and cut short on the tertiary band. The wrapper has several noticeable veins, and easily identifiable construction seams.

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The wrapper of the new H-Town Lancero features aromas of leather, hay and cedar. Off the unlit foot of the cigar there is a mix of leather, cedar, spice and grass scents. The pre-light draw is fairly easy. There is a bit of spice, leather and raisin flavors to the cold draw of the España H-Town Lancero.

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Burn: The Quesada Selección España H-Town is a very even burning cigar that holds it’s ash amazingly well. If you were going to have an ash contest with a lancero this is the cigar to do so with. The draw is neither too firm or too easy, and allows through a good deal of spicy smoke.

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Flavor: A phenomenal spice gives the Quesada H-Town Lancero a wonderfully individualistic  flavor from the outset. The Quesada España H-Town Lancero has a sweetness to the first third that creates an interesting effect on familiar flavors of leather, sweet cedar and oak. Spice is the main component to the retrohale, but there are also notes of cedar and herbs. Despite the spice, there is a nice creaminess to the cigar that is very interesting. As the cigar continues into the the second third, the spice continues to be the primary flavor, but never becomes so strong that it drowns out flavors of cedar, leather and coffee. There is a white pepper characteristic that begins to join the spice during the transition to the final third of the Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero. Coffee, leather and cedar are all present in the final third of the newest H-Town Lancero. This is such a flavorful cigar that it is extremely hard to put down.

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Overall: The Quesada España H-Town Lancero is a really wonderful cigar. Only four cigars into the H-Town series, and they keep getting better with each installment. It seems to me that Jorge Ahued’s Stogies has managed catch lighting in a bottle with the H-Town series, which will eventually number ten cigars in all. The Quesada España H-Town is full of a unique spice flavor that is hard to get enough of, while notes of cedar and leather tend to be present throughout most of the cigar. It is medium to medium-full from beginning to end, and should suit the tastes of a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts. In every way, from appearance to burn to draw, the Quesada H-Town is an admirably constructed cigar. Personally, I found the fourth installment in the H-Town to be a superb cigar. I will be adding a box (or two) to my locker at Stogies, as well as the ones I took home to smoke already. As this is a limited production cigar I would stock up while they are available.

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Pairing: The spice of this cigar is well complimented by a good aged sipping rum. The Ron Abuelo Centuria is my personal favorite rum for pairing with this cigar. Jorge Ahued will probably recommend the Ron Zacapa 21, as that is what he was drinking with Manuel Quesada when he asked him to produce an H-Town Stogies exclusive. The Ron Zacapa XO, Appleton a Estate 30, Pusser’s Navy Rum 15, Zafra 21 and Kirk & Sweeney 12 are all excellent high end, sipping rums that will compliment the Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero quite well. For the scotch drinker, a Dalmore 18 or Balvenie 17 DoubleWood are great choices.

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On a side note: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, with each new installment of the Stogies H-Town Lancero series the cigars just keep getting better. Apparently, I’m not the only one who has noticed. In the last couple days, Stogies has been receiving calls for boxes of the Tatuaje H-Town, and there is already a list for those wishing to get their hands on them even though the cigar will not be released until this summer. There’s also a La Palina release coming, which Jorge gave me the honor of smoking already, and I can say it’s a really impressive cigar. You can order the current four releases in the H-Town Series (Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador, Alec Bradley Nica Puro, Fratello and Quesada Selección España) online at Stogies World Class Cigars. (Don’t forget to use the promo code TF10 when ordering.)

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)