A little less than a year ago I reviewed the Domus Magnus I and I liked it but I didn’t think it was anything earth shattering. That’s fine; few cigars (few things for that matter) are. But what about the second coming of the Domus Magnus?
According to SAG Imports, the company that distributes Casa Magna (and other) cigars, the same two sizes that were available in the original are available in the sequel. There’s the Optimus, which I am smoking, that is 5 ¾” x 52 and there’s also the Primus at 6 ½” x 55. These are Roman names and since I talked about this with my review of the original Domus Magnus, I won’t repeat myself here.
It’s a good looking, slightly box pressed Nicaraguan puro. According to Halfwheel, the main difference between this version and the previous Domus Magnus is that the wrapper is a different vintage this time around. Oh, and there’s that pigtail, which I twisted off and (surprisingly to me) it leaves a perfect hole in the cap and it actually is supplying me a pretty good draw. I will try it with this small little hole and if the draw starts to get tight I can always cut the head properly. I’ll tell you how it goes.
Length: 5 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Sun Grown Jalapa 2007 (Nicaragua)
Price: $80.00/Box of 10 | $9.40/Single
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Even though I was able to get a decent draw from the hole I got by twisting off the pig tail I quickly decided to cut the head to produce more air flow. I suppose it was worth the try to make it work but… oh well.
The flavors are amazing from the very first puff. Strong flavors circling around the sweet spice spectrum. Backing up these is wheat and some floral notes as well. Very dry flavor profile, which works wonderfully for these flavors.
Granular flavor bits are all about and they all taste good. It’s a very interesting cigar and even though the flavor profile is a bit on the dry side, which I don’t normally favor, it works for these flavors. Sweet spice, oak with a tinge of char and there’s a faint chocolate flavor hovering about.
There really isn’t that much of a difference between the final and the second third (and not that much of a difference between the final two thirds and the first third) but that is okay because the flavors are enjoyable.
Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this cigar has much to recommend it. The flavor profile is very creamy and the flavors are pretty smooth; even in the final third. While there is some complexity in the overall flavor profile what I am liking about this cigar the most is the clarity of the flavors and how they mix well with each other. It’s an excellent cigar.
Wrapper: Nicaragua | Binder: Nicaragua | Filler: Nicaragua | Box of 27: $150.00; Five Pack: $28.95 | Lancero | 8 ½″ x 40
0/3: Got this from one of my cigar smoking buddies; thanks buddy!
This cigar is extremely long, is rather rustic looking with all those veins and bumps but it does have a pigtail cap and the wrapper covers the head. And there’s a little bit of oil on the wrapper.
1/3: Pretty strong flavors from the beginning: pepper and a general hot spice, some chocolate in the background. There’s also oak and wheat. Lots going on.
2/3: Oak and nuts are the big flavors during this third. Spice is gone and so is the chocolate (wheat is sort of still around).
3/3: Still tastes good with oak and nuts being the major flavors at the end. There’s a bit of spice coming back.
4/3: Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; this cigar is consistently good from the beginning to the end.
4 out of 5 – Definitely worth a try
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown | Binder: Nicaraguan | Filler: Nicaraguan | Box of 10: $81.00; 5 Pack: $45.00 | Robusto | 5 ¾″ x 52
0/3: This vitola, modestly named “Optimus” (which either is a nod to the Transformer character or, more likely, is just the continuation of the Roman name theme for the Domus Magnus line), is a Nicaraguan puro that is box pressed and has a pigtail. Well, actually, the pigtail looks more like a bobbed dog’s tail but when you have that little bit of extra on the cap it’s always called a pigtail (don’t check me on that). So, that’s that.
It’s a good looking cigar. The dark, chocolate brown wrapper has a good deal of oils on it and feels evenly packed.
1/3: It starts out well. Deep flavors. Smoky meat, nuts and earth. Very good mixture. Some complexity evident.
2/3: During the second third the flavor profile does change. It takes on a more floral tone and the flavor profile becomes lighter. The earthiness is still present.
3/3: With the final third comes a resurgence of that smoky meat flavor and that has become the leading flavor.
4/3: It’s a very good cigar. The flavors are enjoyable and are well balanced. The draw is good and the burn is, for the most part, good. There was a little bit of a burn problem near the end but was quickly rectified. I would peg this in the medium bodied range.
4 points – It’s a good cigar that you will enjoy. I don’t think it will become your favorite cigar but is one that you should try.
Yes, I have reviewed the Casa Magna Colorado before but this is a different size and it has been quite a while since I reviewed one of these cigars. There’s that and the fact that Cigars Direct sent me this cigar and I am somewhat obligated to review it. Thanks guys!
The Casa Magna Torito is short and stubby measuring in at 4 ¾” x 60 ring gauge. While that is a little bit thicker than I prefer I have liked some cigars from this line in the past. Perhaps this one will surprise me.
Good construction with a fairly uniform medium-dark brown color to the wrapper. There is a small hole that is close to the foot of this cigar but that is the only imperfection worth noting.
Length: 4 ¾″
Ring Gauge: 60
Price: $27.00/5 Pack | $162.00/30 Pack
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It’s starts out pretty good but I am trepidatious about how the flavor profile is forming up; almost like it is watered down. But the flavors I am getting are good. Mole sauce, dark wood and some nuts. Spice is prominent throughout the nasal passages.
Meat comes on during the second third along with a smoky presence as well. Tobacco flavors are also here. Flavors from the previous third are still there but not as much as before.
The last third is a diminished continuation of the last third. I fear that this cigar is just too thick and it has diluted the flavors. It is also a little harsh in the final bits.
Overall, this is a pretty good cigar but not as good as its thinner brethren. It has a good draw and burn and is in the medium-full bodied range. By all means, smoke some Casa Magna Colorados but pick something thinner.
This week in A Few Good Links we have “the best cigar cutter” in the world, a recent change in one of the deal o’ the day sites and I’m going to throw in links to a couple of reviews along with my short take on that jazz review from yesterday.
- Recently, I heard from a friend that he saw this video on YouTube (here) that reviewed this amazing three bladed, Samurai-esque cigar cutter. He was so impressed by this video that he ordered the cigar cutter and I’ll report his feelings about the cutter in a couple of months. You can watch this video here as well:
- Cigar.com has a Deal of the Day 2.0 thing going on now. Basically, every day they present you with three different deals. Usually, they try to give you a range from budget cigars to more higher end offerings. Overall, it’s better than what they use to have.
- TikiBar Online has reviewed the Tatiana Mocha and found out something startling: it tastes like coffee. I’m not a fan of flavored cigars and they obviously aren’t either.
- There’s a new cigar blog in town called Cigar Brief and they have done a solid review of the Guillermo Leon cigar.
- Yesterday, my brother did a good job reviewing the jazz album SoHo Suite by Anders Holst. I have since listened to it and I think the best kind of cigar to go with this album would be something like a Casa Magna or something like it. A cigar that is mellow but has substance behind it. Pre-order Holst’s album here.