Wrapper: San Andres Mexico
Filler: Secos, Visos, and Ligeros of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco
Salomon Press: 6 3/4 x 50/33
As we have been following for quite a while now, Quesada Cigars will be releasing a cigar to commemorate Manuel Quesada’s 40 years in the cigar business. The Salomon Press is a one of two limited edition pressed cigars featuring the San Andres blend. The key thing is that it is only pressed in the middle. This should not be confused with the limited edition Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica blend I talked about last week.
I’ve been smoking through several of the vitolas of the San Andres blend and found the salomon press delivered the most complexity. The cigar starts out with cocoa, pepper and natural tobacco sweetness through the first rounded end. The box-press section takes on more of a coffee note, but I found some of the pungency from the San Andres wrapper. On the final rounded part I found this cigar to have notes of nut and pepper – and almost a vanilla sweetness.
Strength and body start out medium to full, but go to full on the box-press part. There has been a little inconsistency on the draw from smoke to smoke, but this one was fine.
While folks know I am not the biggest San Andres wrapper fan, this one (despite pungency in the middle) works really nice. Ultimately this cigar delivers flavor wise. Given this unique cigar and boxes are ten count – I have this as box worthy.