Quesada Tributo Julio
- Size: 5 x 50
Quesada Tributo Julio
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The Quesada Tributo Alvaro cigar is a stick that was blended by the Quesada family to honor those that have passed on. The wrapper tobacco leaf on this full flavored blend is a very special hybrid of corojo, Habano Vuelta Arriba, Habano 2000, and Ecuadorian Sumatra. The binder on this is a Honduran leaf, and the filler tobacco features 2 kinds of Nicaraguan leaves and a Dominican leaf as well. The wrapper has a really pretty mottled milk chocolate color to it. Perhaps the hybridized nature of this tobacco is what creates this mottling effect but it makes this Quesada Tributo stand out amongst the other wrappers next to it in one's humidor. The dual band stands out partly due to using colors most companies don't on cigar bands. The gold, yellow and white really pop in a sea of brown, red and black bands.
The cold draw was fruity akin to raisins, plums, and a faint hint of figs. The first third of the cigar boasts cinnamon and vanilla blended with a darker spice which I'm assuming comes from the Nicaraguan ligero filler leaf. The second third continued some of those baking spices and introduced salty wood, leather, and creamy milk chocolate notes. The final third brings in a citrus flavor that I have yet to taste in a cigar and I was pleasantly surprised to find here. The citrus makes for a long, wonderful finish and an interesting flavor note that adds complexity.
Be sure to take your time lighting this one, ensuring that all the different tobaccos are lit and burning hot before beginning to smoke it too far and you'll be rewarded with a pretty thin and even burn line. The ash held on well averaging 1” to 1.5” before it needed to be tapped off. There was a small amount of flaking but this doesn't affect the smoke at all. The viltolas are each named for a family member or close business associate, 3 of whom died in the same plane crash back in 2002. These cigars are an excellent smoke for the money and fans of cigars made by Don Pepin will likely enjoy these cigars as well.