Episode 306: Quesada España Short Robusto


DESCRIPTION: The Quesada family brought Spanish Tobacconists to the Dominican Republic to work on a cigar exclusively for Spain, and after a week of blending the Quesada España was born.

Quesada Espana Short Robusto doing an ash stand

They produced a cigar that would be available in three popular Spanish sizes and with a lighter wrapper color in keeping with the traditional Cuban wrapper style.

The Quesada España possesses a distinctive taste, yet is reminiscent of the Cuban cigars the Spanish are familiar with.

Although the manufacturer has maintained that this cigar will remain just for the Spanish market, some boxes have already been shipped into the U.S. to select Quesada account holders.

This week’s featured stogie is the 4-inch by 50 ring gauge Quesada España Petit Robusto.

FEATURED LIBATION: Limu-Jimma Coffee, which comes from Western Ethiopia.
Today’s featured coffee comes from Alaga Sekala, which is a cooperative wet mill near Jimma, in western Ethiopia. The mill is at just over 6,000 feet altitude but most of the coffee comes from the higher zones surrounding the site, from 6200 to nearly 7,000 feet altitude.

Quesada Espana Short Robusto laying atop an iPhone 4S

The label on my package of green beans said that a roast level of City to City+, which amounts to a light to medium roast, is ideal for this coffee. “Darker roasts have nice creamy chocolate tones, but lose some of the fruit and jasmine notes.” Well, I roasted this batch to Full City to Full City +, which is a darker roast.

• More on my coffee roasting journey

The question is: “Why are Cuban cigars so expensive?”
• The Decline and Resurrection of Premium Cigars
• The Embargo
• Medical Science Contributes to Resurgence of Cigars
• A Second Boom in the 1990s
• Filling the Demand

Grand Marnier Torpedo

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Grand Marnier by Ted’s Cigars
This week, my postscript review is on the Grand Marnier Cigar. I first featured this stick on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 244 on Friday, October 22, 2010. Now, after resting for a total of 1 year, 4.5 months, I pulled out another couple of samples to make this review. By the way, I don’t keep these in my humidor. I leave them in a foam tube rack in my office. It’s really not necessary to store tubed cigars in a humidor unless the tube has already been opened or if the tube’s seal has been compromised.

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