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Stogie Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Torito

13 Jul 2009

A few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find a healthy supply of Casa Magnas for sale at my local tobacconist. It goes without saying that this relatively new brand has been rather elusive since it was launched at the IPCPR Trade Show in the summer of 2008 by Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia.

Casa Magna Colorado ToritoCasa Magna seemingly went from obscurity to overnight sensation after Cigar Aficionado gave the Colorado Robusto a rating of 93 and named it best of the year. That underscores, for better or worse, the tremendous influence the magazine wields in the world of stogies.

While I’ve learned to take CA’s reviews with a grain of salt, I had every reason to believe this Nicaraguan puro would live up to its reputation. Nearly everything I’d heard or read—including a March Quick Smoke by one of my colleagues—was overwhelmingly positive.

My expectations only increased after I examined my two Toritos (4.75 x 60), each of which cost me $6.50 apiece. The red Colorado wrappers almost seem to glisten with dotted specks of oil and tooth, and the whole stubby frame is astonishingly firm.

That density gives way to an easy draw with spice on the lips. Then, even though the pre-light aromas of honey and earth suggest a medium-bodied profile, the first inch has a bold and hearty taste of fresh mulch and black cherry. Notes of apricot and nut add complexity.

Not much changes into the second or final thirds but, as you can see, there’s plenty going on here to hold the attention of discriminating cigar enthusiasts. The interplay between sweet and salty flavors is especially satisfying, as are the fragrances of the resting smoke.

Rolled in Nestor Plascencia’s Segovia factory in Estelí, the combustion qualities are characteristic of a much pricier cigar. The slow burn requires few touch-ups, the draw remains clear throughout, and the gray ash holds strong for two inches or more. As with any stick above a 54 ring gauge, though, the Torito’s girth is awkward and slightly uncomfortable.

But it’s clear to me that the Casa Magna Colorado is worthy of its lofty repute. Even if you don’t consider the blend to be the best creation of 2008, it deserves a spot somewhere at the top of the class. I look forward to trying the other vitolas and I give the Torito four and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

8 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Torito”

  1. furious Monday, July 13, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    While I think the entire line is a relative bargain, I do not agree with CA's lofty rating. Approximately three months ago, I smoked a few robustos and would agree with the spicy flavor profile as I got a lot of pepper and earth. Not much development as Patrick indicated though. Good construction and appearance. 88 points.

  2. Dwayne J Monday, July 13, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    Great review of a great cigar, Patrick. I agree completely. And that photo looks fantastic…for what it's worth, Casa Magna has one of the most gorgeous bands around.

  3. Marcus Monday, July 13, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    I will have to give this line a second try. I had the robusto that I received at the C.A. Big Smoke in Las Vegas and it did not wow me. Poor draw and hardly any flavor that was probably attributed to the draw issue.

  4. CWS Monday, July 13, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Willing to give it another try – just wasn't wowed the way CA was with their praise.

    Was also put off by numerous shops that pushed this cigar over all others as soon as it got the CA BOY 93 rating.

  5. dmjones Monday, July 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    The comments left here are a great representation of what I've heard from a variety of people about the Casa Magna, including my own experience. I got two at the Vegas Big Smoke last year; the first I smoked the next week and it was terrible–very ammoniated indicating that the tobacco had not aged long enough; the second I let sit for 4 or 5 months and it was much better.

    My local B&M and various posters at local cigar club website have all expressed a varying experience with the CM. Some love it, some hated it from the beginning, some say it started out great and their quality control is letting things go to hell.

    I hope they can pull it together and make a consistently good stick. We can always use more of those at this price point.

  6. Dave Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:33 am #

    I recently purchased a box of the robustos, and while I think it's a good smoke for the price, every other stick seems to have construction problems. On the positive side, it's nice to talk about a cigar that isn't being made by DPG for a change 🙂

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