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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada

22 Feb

Synopsis:
Blender: Manuel Quesada
Maker: MATASA
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Sun-Grown
Flavors: Mocha, leather, spice, sweet → cocoa, herbs, nuts
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / 0 / 3
Rating: 9.2

Today is Ash Wednesday. So LIGHT UP!

In observance of Lent, the Cigar Sasquatch is giving up moderation.

I don’t mean to make light of religious traditions. To each his own, I say, and if you feel connected with God by rubbing ashes on your head and giving up the things you love, please feel free. I choose to commune with the Spirit by enjoying the fruits of the earth. And rarely were the fruits sweeter than in the Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada.

Photo of Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus

Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus (5¾x52)

The Casa Magna Colorado is one of my favorite cigars of all time, so when I found the Domus Magnus Limitada, I was excited, to say the least. A sun-grown wrapper from Jalapa over at rich Nicaraguan blend… you had me at “hello!” That being said, if you have not yet tried the “original” Colorado, do so now.

Casa Magna is Spanish for Big House, and Domus Magnus means the same thing in Latin. But don’t expect the Domus Magnus to be a retread of the blend that took CA’s number one spot in 2008. This limited edition from blender and brand owner Manuel Quesada features an all-Nicaraguan blend of tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa, including a magnificent Jalapa sun-grown wrapper, strengthening my belief that God himself cultivates the tobacco in the Jalapa Valley.

I chose the Optimus (5¾x52), a large Robusto. The cigar is beautifully rolled, smooth and seamless, lightly pressed, with not a vein in sight, and finished in a nice pigtail cap. The first flavors present a luxuriant palate, earthy and round, full of leather and mocha, with a touch of spice, and just a hint of tangy sweetness. The draw is dead-even (0) from a cap cut, producing a moderate smoke volume (0) of medium strength (3). The burn is straight or self-correcting, producing a salt-and-pepper ash which is nicely scaled, if somewhat flat and short.

The second third is stable in character, picking up a subtle layer of anise, and an herbal depth behind the complex core. This pattern continues, darkening gradually towards a finish of roasted nuts and dark cocoa. It smokes to a inch and a half nub in 70 minutes.

Overall I rate the Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus 9.2. It’s a beautiful cigar, and an incredibly complex smoke, somewhat less earthy than the Casa Magna Colorado, but with a subtle sweetness and roundness that differs slightly from the original. I selected the Robusto-sized Optimus based on the word (warning?) that it was a particularly full-bodied cigar, but such was not the case, and this one (like most Robustos) left me wanting more. I think I would have been happier with the much beefier Maximus (6½x55) in the same blend.

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

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