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Cigar Review: Quesada Heisenberg Robusto

18 Mar 2014

This dark, attractive cigar is something of a gimmick, with Quesada concealing nearly all details about the line and promoting it with a fundamental principle of quantum mechanics. I was eager to try the Heisenberg, not because of any of that, but because I’ve enjoyed several earlier Quesada smokes.

HeisenbergBut after going through a five-pack of Robustos—each five inches long with a ring gauge of 48—I’m not uncertain about my reactions. The Heisenberg is not for me. (My colleague had a similar reaction.)

First, let me deal with Quesada’s intention to, as it says, “dispel the stereotypes that limit our ability to enjoy a cigar and remind aficionados that sometimes it’s best to sit back, relax, and just enjoy a smoke without overanalyzing it.”

To that end, they turned to Werner Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, a scientific principle that, like déjà vu, has been greatly altered in popular use. For Quesada, it’s more or less reduced to “embrace uncertainty.”

I think, perhaps, Quesada should name its next cigar after Robert K. Merton, who popularized the concept of unintended consequences. I’m sure many Heisenberg smokers spend a lot of time trying to guess what the tobaccos are, rather than get lost in smoke-filled wonder.

These days, with so many tobacco strains being cultivated all over, I think it’s impossible for most of us to pinpoint the origin or leaf. The only guess I’d hazard is that I’d be surprised if there’s much, if any, typical Nicaraguan in the Heisenberg.

I say that because there’s very little pepper or spice and a fairly prominent grassy taste often found in Dominican tobacco. The other prominent tastes I noted were floral notes and heavy wood.

Overall, the draw was good, as was the burn and smoke production. The ash was flaky. I paid $6.75 each, and they come in boxes of 10.

As I said upfront, the medium-strength Quesada Heisenberg Robusto isn’t my kind of smoke. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a well-made, quality stick and worth a try. I give it three stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

George E

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One Response to “Cigar Review: Quesada Heisenberg Robusto”

  1. Wee Liam Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    SERIOUSLY? I had my first Heisenberg Corona last night, and, though I am seriously devoted to Nicaraguan sticks of nearly every stripe, I found the Heisenberg to be absolutely delicious, with an array of indefinable spices.

    I will say that I'm am puzzled as to why the "Corona" is so named, but the size in perfectly ingenious in this instance, because it left me wanting another one! I will take care of that situation very soon. And I could care less where the cigar's components came from.

    One more thing. The jaw-dropping construction "The only guess I’d hazard is that I’d be surprised if there’s…" made me want to sign you up for an English Composition class.