Matilde Cigars was once again paired with their distributor, Quesada Cigars, taking up residence in the medium-sized compound with a modest display case; offering their updated lineup of three cigars. The brand made waves upon its debut two years prior, as it marked the return to the industry by veteran José Seijas—most well-known for his previous work as general manager of the Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The strategy for Matilde has remained consistant (sort of, more on that later…) since their first release. Each year following, the brand has showcased a single, new product—each bearing the company logo over a matte-finished band of a differentiating color, as well as a matching sub-band with the cigar’s name.

Quadrata

2014’s release was Renacer, 2015’s was Oscura, and 2016’s is Quadrata. The concept is simple: if Renacer was medium bodied, and Oscura was full, then Quadrata fits right in between. The cigars are the first fully box-pressed release from Matilde, with the name “Quadrata” being Italian for “square”. There are 3 sizes being introduced, two of which use familiar vitolas from their other releases.

SEE ALSO: Matilde Quadrata Robusto Cigar Review

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Nicaraguan | Dominican
  • Factory: Tabacalera Palma (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $8.50 – $9.00
  • Release: Now Available
  • Robusto: 5¼ x 50 | $8.50
  • Torpedo: 6 x 52 | $9.00
  • Toro Bravo: 6½ x 54 | $9.00

Matilde Quadrata cigars IPCPR 2016



Serena

Serena turned out to be the exception to Matilde’s established release schedule (like when Apple introduced two iPhones…). The cigars were not announced or available at the show, but found their way to a select few retailers with the shipments of Quadrata. The blend helps round out Matilde’s portfolio, introducing a more mellow, Connecticut Shade offering. Matilde’s blends are often quite similar on paper, with all using a Dominican binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers (with the exception of the Oscura). Both of 2016’s cigars use this format, but Serena trades the Habano wrapper for a creamy, Ecuador Connecticut. Surprisingly, while not showcased at IPCPR, there are actually more sizes offered for Serena than Quadrata. The cigars ship in the same, color-stained, SLB boxes of 20—using a turquoise color scheme.

Matilde is producing Serena on a more limited scale than usual, starting with 10 retailers and expanding throughout the year.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Nicaraguan | Dominican
  • Factory: Tabacalera Palma (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Small Batch (10 retail locations to start)
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $6.75 – $8.50
  • Release: Now Available
  • Corona: 5½ x 44 | $6.75 (MSRP)
  • Robusto: 5¼ x 50 | $7.50 (MSRP)
  • Toro Bravo: 6½ x 54 | $8.00 (MSRP)
  • Grande: 6 x 60 | $8.50 (MSRP)

*Matilde Serena images provided by Matilde Cigars