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Quesada 1974 by Quesada

We are back at it with another Quesada from Taco Bell today folks!

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Chris Allen
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The Breakdown
Wrapper
Ecuador
Binder
Dominican
Filler
Dominican, Nicaraguan
Vitola (Size)
Lancero (7 x 38)
Price (USD)
7.50

This time it’s the Quesada 1974. A cigar treat that boasts wisdom, heritage, and commemoration.

Construction

This baby was packed full of fillers even in this thin lancero vitola. But what made it stand out was just how pronounced the veins were in the wrapper leaf. The only tsk, tsk I have to say about this cigar was the cap.It was kind of hanging off-kilter.

Burn

Oh boy that overpacked cigar came back to haunt me during the burn. It had such a strong resistance on the draw (probably due to overpacking) and took a good three to four puffs to even get decent smoke production on such a thin vitola that should have delivered. Lots of wavy burns on the wrapper—maybe it was the wind—I don’t know. It had such a huge run in the wrapper that I had to really touch it up with my torch lighter so it didn’t look like a spork from KFC. You know what I’m talking about? Not the best burn, but certainly not the worst either.

Flavor

OK I have to admit at this point with the construction and the burn this is like eating a really sloppily made Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell, so dare I jinx myself and thinking that the flavor is equally going to be as challenged? Well, to be honest, it was solid! A mildly complex flavor of bitterness, earthiness, wood-ee-ness? (Is that a word?). It quickly transitions into a more smoother, creamy flavor profile when you take real subtle, light draws about half-way through, but on heavier draws I found myself with the tingling sensation of like licking a 9 volt battery. Maybe I’m crazy! It didn’t offer many changeups throughout the whole cigar, but I definitely found the flavor to be somewhat redeeming.

Decent smoke to try.

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I think after hearing me out about this Quesada 1974 I think it's safe to say that it's a decent enough smoke for the price point of around $7.50. If it wasn't for the redeeming flavor which I thought was pretty good I might have a much more different viewpoint of whether or not the cigar was worth the effort due to the burn experience.
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Brand
Quesada Cigars
Author
Chris Allen
Co-host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. With only 3 years in the cigar industry, Chris is willing to try any cigar (and we mean any cigar), and has built quite an extensive catalog of cigars he's smoked or reviewed in such a short time.