It was only a few years ago when Cigar Aficionado Magazine awarded the Casa Magna Colorado Robusto the Cigar of the Year award as the best cigar in 2008. And in 2011 the Diadema size of this same cigar grabbed the 10th spot on the list.
All of those accolades should lead one to believe this is a pretty darn good cigar. Today we are smoking a robusto sized Casa Magna Colorado to see if it lives up the ultra high rating. The appearance of the cigar is gorgeous with very dark reddish brown wrapper with almost no visible seems. The label is embossed gold and black with a little red highlight and at first glance you might think it’s part of the Ashton VSG line because it looks very similar.
A pre-light draw reveals a bit of snugness but it’s certainly not a deal breaker although I would rather the draw be a tad more free. After toasting and lighting you will be greeted with a very luxurious leather and cedar flavor. The flavors of this cigar are very pleasant however you might need to double-puff to get the amount of smoke to satisfy you. As you work your way into the mid portion of this cigar there is an interesting yet subtle fruity sweetness that makes a welcomed appearance on your palette.
The burn on this cigar is excellent although the ash isn’t super firm and it will flake off for the duration of the smoke. I like that the Casa Magna does not heat up, you can punish it pretty good and still maintain a nice cool smoke. As you begin to reach the end of the Casa Magna this medium bodied smoke begins to gift you some nice coa coa notes along with a bit of anise. I’m not sure if this cigar would deserve the number one spot on my list but I don’t think I could objectively tell somebody else it couldn’t make the top spot on their list, and for the price tag at about $6 it’s hard to beat the value. Furthermore, there is a side of me that appreciates the fact that a lower priced cigar gained so much recognition.
- Low price
- Great performance
- Warm flavors
- Could use more "punch"
- Snug draw