Wrapper: Arapiraca (grown in Ecuador)
Filler: Dominican, Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Quesada Cigars Factory)
Petit Belicoso: 4 1/2 x 40
Cigar Coop Review: Quesada Selección España Petit Belicoso
Show Video: Episode 131
The Quesada Selección España Petit Belicoso is the seventh size to be made in Quesada’s Selección España line. It is a very limited release that is the third vitola to be released in what we refer to as Quesada’s “one box, one retailer, one month” concept. In 2013, Quesada Cigars selected one retailer per month to receive one box of 50 of the Quesada Selección España Lancero. The concept continued in 2014 with the Quesada Selección España Ninfa. A 4 1/2 x 40 Petit Belicoso was selected as the size for 2015, but the box counts were increased for 2015 to 100.
I found the Petit Belicoso format to really shine. I’ve always found the España was a cigar that needed time, but with the Petit Belicoso this was the most ready to smoke out of the box. The cigar delivered notes of red pepper, chocolate, cedar, and earth. The cigar started out medium-bodied and advanced to medium to full-bodied in the second half. This was countered by medium strength.
This is a hard size to track down, but if you can seek this one out (Union Cigar Company in Monroe, NC still has some at press time). Overall, normalizing this to a 20 count box, it’s box worthy.