Two of the greatest minds in the cigar industry, Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia, came together to create the Casa Magna. This cigar is rolled at Nestor Plasencia’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Manuel Quesada is from Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Their family was from Cuba and had worked with tobacco since the late 1800′s and the 1974 opening of their factory in Santiago was their first venture into cigar making. He is to have said they started the business with $100, a chair and a phone. Quesada started the business with his father and brother until they were both in a tragic accident. There is a great article and interview in Cigar Aficionado magazine about Manuel, and his life a few years back.
Nestor Plasencia is also from a tobacco growing family and emigrated from Cuba after the revolution in 1959. As a result of a revolution in Nicaragua in the 1980′s he lost his tobacco farm and factories there. At this time he moved across the border to neighboring Honduras. Today he again has factories in Nicaragua but keeps his primary operation in Honduras. His company is the one responsible for the manufacture of 30 or so cigar labels, including Rocky Patel and Swisher International.
We wonder how the two met and how the conversation went. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, and is medium to full bodied, with both the binder and filler from Nicaragua. Perfectly wrapped in an oily Colorado wrapper, this stogie gives off hints of cocoa and sweet cedar. Super smooth smoke.
Casa Magna Belicoso – Notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, coffee and cedar. Oily Colorado wrapper. Rich and full bodied.
Country – All Nicaraguan leaf grown in Esteli, Nicaragua for ‘strength, balanced by the sweeter and milder Jalapa leaves.
Details – Full flavor, rich coffee notes, balanced by a cedary sweetness hint of raisins. Complex.
Verdict = Very nice cigar!
Sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for. Join us in welcoming Regius Cigars to Broadway Cigar Company with a special event May 9th at The Mark Cigar Bar from 4-8pm. Regius of London owner, Akhil Kapacee, will be joining us to introduce their Regius Black and Regius White Label Cigars.
Regius, from the latin meaning ‘King”, was originally created in England. It’s reputation quickly spread throughout the world and Broadway is happy to be now carrying these fine cigars. The Regius Black Label is rated 95 in Cigar Journal.
Celebrate with us at The Mark for this special event, not to be missed! Scotch tastings, food and drink specials, and great cigars.
As we cruise on through Broadway Cigar’s top 12 of 2012, we have to mention General Cigar’s Foundry Wells. Yet another quality cigar on our list of favorites. This unique blend of tobaccos from four different regions give this cigar a distinct taste and present an overall new experience.
This Robusto stogie is evenly packed and has a perfect burn. With a smooth and oily exterior, this cigar’s light brown wrapper showcases it’s great construction. The mildness of it is complemented by its earthy, slightly spicy and leathery flavors. A great everyday stick, you don’t want to miss out on this cigar.
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Toro Gordo from My Father is a great choice for your next stogie. The full flavor profile landed this cigar in our top 12. Nothing less than a luxury, this stick’s a solid dark smoke.
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper blends nicely with the Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan filler. It’s noteworthy flavors include wood, cinnamon and espresso with just a hint of pepper. An exquisitely rich smoke, you won’t be disappointed. Stop in and pick up this delicacy.
While we all wait on the edge of our seats for Cigar Aficionado to announce that coveted #1 spot for best cigar of 2012, we thought we would take you through our personal top 12 list. So take a gander, check off the ones that sound interesting and stop by so we can see if it tops your charts as well. Please note cigars are in no particular order:
- Montecristo White Toro: A refreshing cigar, well constructed, and consistently smooth.
- La Gloria Serie R #5 Natural: A solid consistent burn, and the go to cigar for many of us here at Broadway Cigar.
- Flor De Las Antillas: A nice draw and steady flavor throughout.
- Padron Exclusivo Maduro: The dark wrapper brings out the subtle sweetness in this classic cigar.
- Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic: Being wrapped in an aged Cameroon wrapper gives this medium bodied cigar a complex flavor.
- La Hermandad: A new breakout cigar from El Primer Mundo. What a great treat.
- Jaime Garcia Toro Gordo: A My Father luxury. This toothy wrapper has a hint of pepper on the light then smooths into Nicaragua goodness.
- Foundry Wells: A blend of tobaccos from four different regions gives this cigar a distinct taste and an overall new experience.
- My Father #2: The Pepin Nicaraguan pepper flows from this My father gem.
- Diamond Crown #6 Connecticut: The perfect first cigar of the day- light, but full of flavor.
- Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real Churchill: Smooth and creamy with the consistency of the Romeo brand.
- La Flor Dominicana DL700 Maduro: This strong powerhouse is not for the light hearted.
The fine stogies below consist of the the newest cigars available at Broadway Cigar. Make sure you get your hands on this premium goodness:
1. Cohiba Edición Diamante Capa Reserva 1980
This Limited Cohiba has cigar enthusiasts riled up, with it’s aged 1980 Cameroon tobacco wrapper and classy design, what’s not to like? Pick yours up today to enjoy this Indonesian binder, Dominican filler and aged Cameroon wrapper. Be sure to note the unique packaging, easy lighting, and wonderful taste profile. These cigars are hard to come by, get yours soon while we have them.
2. Reserva Superior Salomon
Noted for it’s distinctive blend profiles and detail oriented construction, this cigar is a fine choice for any aficionado. With a box production of only 500 this is rare offering. The primary wrapper is Dominican Habano, the binder is Brazilian and the filler is Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Lancaster PA. Available for a limited time, and rest assured, these cigars will go fast.
3. Diamond Crown Holiday Collection
Taste the Diamond Crown family in a way that not many have with this set. A mix of three wrappers and three blends, only available with this offer. The gift set includes a leather carrying case, one Diamond Crown MAXIMUS, one Diamond Crown Julius Caeser and one Diamond Crown Cameroon Select. You better jump at this one, because frankly, who wouldn’t want a diamond for the holidays?
This is a message from Ruth, a valued member of the Broadway Cigar community:
Happy Holidays to all fellow aficionados and BCC members!
Breaking out my santa outfit! It’s time for our last get together of the year!
Last month we had a super nice smoke and discovered the Foundry cigar. All who smoked it seemed to agree it was quite good! Thank you Jason and Patrick!
We have been getting some great ideas on how to enhance our cigar club- so come share with us! We will vote on which of those ideas to implement in January.
Don’t forget about the BCC event this Saturday with Shorty, Dec. 8, 12-9pm.
Click on the link below to register or RSVP.
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Thank you for your response, I have enjoyed getting to know you better and look forward to seeing you for a smokin’ good time!
Long Ashes! Ruth
Wednesday December 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM PST
Broadway Cigar, 3615 NE Broadway Portland, OR
This is a message from Ruth, a valued member of the Broadway Cigar community:
Hello fellow aficionado and BCC member!
Most of you know me, as Ruth or Ruthy. I have the pleasure of working with Broadway Cigar Company’s Jason and crew for the past couple of years. For the time being I have been asked to help with the Broadway Cigar Club. It is my pleasure to do so! I look forward to getting to know you all, enjoying a cigar together while we learn a little more about them!
That being said- This is your club and your input is being requested. What activities and things would you like this club to participate in or do? This is a unique opportunity to take advantage of an increasingly rare haven for cigar smokers and make this club something special!
We are entering the holiday season and time constraints make attending some functions difficult. How do you want to handle club meetings during this time?
Register that you will be joining us for the next club meeting, and please make sure I have your information right. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
For more information on the Broadway Cigar Club or to register, CLICK HERE.
We want to keep everyone updated on what’s going on at Broadway Cigar and one of the ways we do that is through our social media sites (Twitter, Facebook) and our monthly newsletter (November). We understand life gets hectic and we want to give you plenty of time to plan for all of the exclusive events going on at our stores. If you aren’t already, we highly recommend signing up for our newsletter HERE so you can be the first to know about specials, general BCC shenanigans and once in a lifetime events like this:
Broadway Cigar Welcomes Shorty
December 8th – For the first time ever the Pit Boss is making a pit stop in Oregon and he’s landing at Broadway Cigar Company. Get your autographs, cigars and books as this is the ONLY appearance Shorty will be making in stumptown! Join us December 8th from 12-9pm at our Portland Location for a once in a lifetime celebration with the reality-TV star and main man behind Shortywood.
Aside from Shorty and The San Lotano Oval, here’s what else we’ve got lined up for you:
- A delicious spread of your favorite foods sure to leaving you feeling full and happy.
- Offsite beer and liquor tastings just the thing to warm you up on a cool Fall day.
- A little TLC from those good looking BCC Girls.
- Indulge and give back all at the same time, a percentage of sales go to local dog rescue services.
Which cigar do you plan on having in hand while the ghosts, zombies and superhero’s run free this week? Our recommendation may not be spooky, may not be scary, but it’s certainly a treat. Try the Tatuaje Little Monsters Cigars based off Tutuaje’s Monster Series.
The collection includes the Mini Mum, Wolfie, Baby Face, Frank Jr. and Lil’ Drac. Even with a fun play on names, these stogies are seriously enjoyable. Try the sampler for your own fun size indulgence, you’re never too old for a treat.