Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cigar Review: Quesada Heisenberg

Corona, 4” x 43 ring gauge / $5.80, Burns Tobacconist
This could well be the shortest intro I’ve written about a cigar. Here’s what I know...it’s from Quesada, it’s called “Heisenberg,” and they aren’t telling you what is in the blend.

Okay, so maybe I should do a little more digging...

Werner Heisenberg was a a German physicist and wrote about the uncertainty principle, which basically states that there is a “fundamental limit to the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle...can be known simultaneously. The more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known, and vice versa.” I was prepared to state that everything I know about Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, I learned by watching The Big Bang Theory, but I learned more when I read that explanation from Wikipedia. There is a lot more to it...I don’t care, though...I’m not a physicist. This cigar is marketed with a list of questions and no answers...am I mild or full, am I Cuban or Honduran, am I cheap or expensive? You can answer some of these questions (and I will attempt to), but not others. At just shy of $6 for a Corona, I would call the price point “fair” and unless they are breaking federal law, they are not Cuban. I bought this Corona and a Robusto at Burns a few weeks ago; I smoked the Robusto before this Corona was burned for review purposes.

The cigar presents nicely, with a medium brown wrapper leaf that has a bit of darker mottling and a pretty tight vein structure. The band is silver and black with a mathematical representation of the Uncertainty Principle printed on it, but no indication of the actual name of the line or of the company that makes it. That would be on the box, of course, where it also states “Embrace Uncertainty,” but if someone just gave you this, it might leave a person puzzled. The wrapper had a nice, oily feel to it and a rich, clean earthiness; the foot had wood and earth aromas. After cutting, I found the Heiseberg’s cold draw to be excellent and have flavors or cedar, damp earth and an almost syrupy sweetness.

After I put fire to tobacco, the Heisenberg started off with a strong earthiness, much like the damp earth note I mentioned in prelight. I got secondary notes of cedar and sweet hay on the palate, along with roasted nuts and red pepper on the nose. A few puffs in I got a blast of something almost like burnt molasses...a little sweet, but toasty. Interesting...and I would have to pay attention to see if it came back. Someone I had talked to before I smoked this blend told me they thought it had “some Dominican, some Honduran, maybe some Nicaraguan” in it...which kinda hits all the major non-Cuban regions. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was right, but after the first third, I would go out on a limb and say it may be using some Dominican in much the same way Rodrigo did in La Fortaleza, in addition to a little Nicaraguan for spice and extra earthiness. If there is Honduran in the blend, I would guess it is there for burn more than flavor...but its all speculative. After the first third, I was certain of one thing: I liked this blend...a lot!

There wasn’t much change in flavor in the second third of the Heisenberg, but that was okay...the flavor it delivered continued to be very good. Construction was excellent; I saw a strong ash and even burn line as well as a consistently great draw.

I found it easy to smoke the Heisenberg down to the nub. The earthy, slightly sweet flavor was bold the entire way through although the body and strength never threatened to overwhelm. As an experiment, I would call this a success...it really doesn’t matter what is in the cigar as long as it has great flavor and this did. On the other hand, I have smoked so many cigars that I can often tell from looking at a blend profile if I it is likely that I will enjoy it or not, and I think most frequent smokers could do the same. Regardless, this is probably my favorite Quesada regular line smoke at this point...at least of those I have tried.

Body: 7/10
Strength: 6/10
Complexity: 7/10

AFP Scale
Prelight: 2/2
Construction: 2/2
Flavor: 4.5/5
Value: 1/1
Total: 9.5/10

1 comment:

  1. "this is probably my favorite Quesada regular line smoke at this point.." Wow! That's saying a lot. I'm sold! I'll be hunting some of these down soon.

    ReplyDelete