Some cigars look impressive. This was my thought when I purchased the Casa Magna Magnus II Limited. I was scanning the humidor at the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge in West Los Angeles looking for a new cigar to review. I have tried several Casa Magna smokes before but it has been several years since my last taste.
Brand/ Name of Cigar: Casa Magna/ D. Magnus II Limitada
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Sungrown
Price: $12.95 , Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, 4/1/16
Where and when smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 5/1/16
Appearance / Construction:
As I stated earlier I thought very highly of the look of the cigar. Dark chocolate wrapper with a band that creates a real eye grabber. Solid , no soft spots, with an oily feel to the touch. Small veins with no discernible flaws. Overall it was a very bold looking cigar.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
The initial flavor had a combo of chocolate, coffee and a hint of maple. I was not expecting this as I was looking for spice and pepper. Yet, it was a strong taste and pretty bold but not overpowering,
The aroma was pleasant , nutty and sweet.
The burn was uneven with a dark ash and cool burn. Flavor stayed on course with the same profile I started out with . More spice and pepper flowed through but I liked the overall mix of the blend. No relights but needed to make a correction to even out the smoke.
This was a tale of two different cigars. The construction looked very solid but had issues as the photos indicate. The flavor profile was good but also had bouts of bitter and harsh notes. It was a respectable smoke but hoped for more.
At $12.95 it needed to be the “bomb.” Too many issues to rate it as a must have cigar. Here are the numbers.
Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 3 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3 out of 5
Overall : 3 out of 5