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Quick Smoke: Tesa Vintage Especial Rothchild

22 Dec 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.” This Quick Smoke is part of our “Win a Big Box of Cigar Swag” contest. Leave a comment and be subscribed to our free email newsletter to enter. Full details here.

I wouldn’t say I moved back to Chicago just to be closer to Tesa, a boutique shop west of the Loop with a portfolio of fantastic house blends. But being within a short trek of the remodeled tobacconist sure is a nice perk. Every time I swing by I pick up a Vintage Especial or two, a mild blend comprised of Nicaraguan tobaccos around a Connecticut wrapper. For my money, you can’t go wrong with the Rothchild (5 x 50), a robusto-sized smoke with excellent construction and a harmonious profile of oak, sweet hay, cream, and roasted nuts. It’s one of my favorite high-end mild cigars.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

15 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Tesa Vintage Especial Rothchild”

  1. foozer69 Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    these sound nice!!

  2. Josh Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Its cool to find a unique boutique cigar right in your back yard!

  3. Mike Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Planning a trip to the Shedd this summer with the family and I plan on taking a detour to Tesa!

  4. Bradley Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    These look great, can't wait to try one!

  5. David Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Love you quick reviews, and actually try the ones you suggest when I can find them!

  6. nisim Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    nice one i will look for it

  7. @jerrydaniels Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    how much did it cost?

  8. ScottM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Looks tasty!

  9. Vernon E. Warner, Jr Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Will have to check it out next time I get to the Cigar store.

  10. Swede214 Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Sounds like a cigar that I would enjoy, thanks Patrick. Also enjoy reading your ''Quick Smoke''

  11. serjio Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    Sounds good.

  12. william Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Great photo! Don't mind a good mild stick once in a while.

  13. fcubuck Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    I was in Chicago the summer of 2011 and stopped by Tesa based on the good reviews. I purchased a variety of cigars and was very pleased with all of them. They really started to shine after some aging. I highly recomend stopping by if you're in Chicago. Chris was very friendly and helpful. As a side note, take some bourbon or whatever you prefer to the shop…no charge for byob.

  14. Thorne Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Tesa sounds like a must stop for a smoke. I'll have a buddy that lives in Chicago pick me up a few before our next trade. You can't go wrong with Nicaraguan filler wrapped in Conny goodness. Thanks!

  15. jshriver2012 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Any idea if Tesa has an online storefront?