Cigar Reviews

Casa Magna Oscuro

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With Daniel slacking it out of town, I know we are running thin on reviews this week. And the fact that I have been dealing with a bit of family things as well as a heavy work load doesn’t help. Luckily, a good friend and great BOTL Adam who owns my favorite local shop, Tobacco Rd. in El Paso, Texas pushed me back into shape by offering me this Casa Magna Oscuro for review. I have had the Casa Magna Colorado many times, but I have yet to smoke this Oscuro.

The Good Stuff: The Casa Magna line is the product of two major hitters in the cigar industry putting their heads together to produce a quality line of value priced cigars. Back in 2008, Nestor Plascencia and Manuel Quesada teamed up and produced the shocking sleeper “Casa Magna Colorado” cigar that took top honors as Cigar Aficionado’s cigar of the year. The Colorado version was a Nicaraguan Puro, where as the Oscuro is all Nicaraguan minus the wrapper which is grown in Honduras. Distributed by SAG imports, the robusto I am smoking retails between $5.75 and $7 a stick.

Size: 5 x 52 – Wrapper: Honduran Oscuro – Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan – Body: full

Prelight: The Casa Magna Oscuro is a tremendously dark wrapped robusto sized cigar. The wrapper is very dark, and consistent dark chocolate brown topped off with a rounded double cap. The construction is immaculate. I really had to strain to find the very small veins hidden, and embedded in the body of the cigar. There is only one soft spot located in the dead center of the cigar’s body. The band on the Casa Magna Oscuro is identical to the Casa Magna Colorado with the only differences being the silver color vs. gold, and the word “Oscuro” inlayed on a red ribbon across the bottom. The wrapper of this Casa Magna Oscuro gives off a very strong, and pungent tobacco aroma with an almost floral finish. The foot of the cigar gives off very sweet tobacco notes with earthy hints and spice. The cigar cut off very easily and clean using my Cuban Crafters double bladed perfecto cutter. The cold draw produced some unexpected sweet organic tobacco flavors along with grass and grain.

First Smoke: The Casa Magna Oscuro didn’t start off with the initial burst of pepper I figured it would. Instead it lead me in with a very light and smooth organic tobacco and chocolate flavor backed by a nutty taste mixed with spice and just a splash of pepper on the finish. The draw is slightly tight, but still manageable producing a very nice, thick cloud of brown woodsy smelling smoke. The burnline is sharp as hell and very even with only very subtle waves. The Casa Magna Oscuro does leave behind a nice, hefty trail of spicy tobacco smelling stationary smoke so it may not be the best cigar to fire up around anyone who dislikes smoke. One note is the wrapper is starting to give off a very bitter taste on my lips. I really hope this fizzles out cause its pretty bad. The cigar is burned extremely slow, producing a nice looking medium grey ash with a few slight flakes which held on for about an inch and a half before giving way.

Halfway There: As I had hoped the bitter taste only lasted a few draws and then crawled back into it’s dark little hole where I hope it stays for the remainder of the experience. The second third of this Casa Magna Oscuro had quite a few interesting change ups in it’s flavor profile. The chocolate and cocoa flavors are now the big contenders backed by nut, spice, and a very woodsy taste. The retrohale is very smooth producing a nice woodsy prime. I am not feeling much of a nicotine kick, if any from this cigar so far, smooth all the way. The burnline is still dead even and extremely thin, my only worry now is the harsh build up that may effect the last third of this cigar. I am having slight trouble keeping this cigar going so I am taking hits more often than usual. Hopefully this won’t complicate things further down the road.

Finish: The Casa Magna Oscuro is really starting to ramp up in body now. I am definitely feeling the nicotine at this point. The flavors seem to have outgrown the cigar at this point and have become a bit dull and bready. You can still taste the wood and the chocolate but that’s about it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it lead to a much smoother finish than I had expected with very little harshness into the final inch. The burnline stayed sharp and even the entire smoke, and the only real annoyance was the cigar’s tendency to want to go out on me. It never fully did, but there was a few close calls. All in all it took about 1.75 hours to take down the slow burning little robusto.

Overview: This is a great balanced cigar and an excellent catch at it’s low price. This is no beginner’s cigar. The last third really proved to be a powerhouse that I think would stretch the limitations of the novice cigar smoker. This is one of those everyday rotation cigars you have mixed in when you want that extra stout/full bodied smoke. I would recommend it in singles and for the fair price, even a box pickup.

Pairing: I paired this Casa Magna Oscuro with another favorite of mine, Chimay’s Tripel or White Label. This is a hefty little triple weighing in at 8% alcohol and a whole lot of goodness. This light profile beer contains a perfect mixture of both fruity sweetness and zest making for a great balanced beer. In retrospect, this probably wasn’t the best pairing for this cigar as the abundant chocolate and stout profile wasn’t an even mashup for the beer. This beer would pair much kinder with a light Connecticut or even Cameroon wrapped mild cigar. The Casa Magna Oscuro would be perfect with some Dr. Pepper, iced tea, or coffee.

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

14 Comments

  1. rcaddell23

    July 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Might have to pick up a few of these next time out… I too have only smoked the colorado, and probably failed to try an oscuro because the colorado is so hard to pass up when I find them.
    Nice review Tony.

  2. Tony Casas

    July 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks man, its a great stick for the price!

  3. adam andha

    July 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for another great review Tony.

    • Tony Casas

      August 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks big guy.

  4. Dalamscius

    August 5, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Nice one Tony, I’m typically not a big fan of Oscuro cigars because I find most of them are built purely for strength and lack a lot of flavor. This one seems to be one of the few exceptions, I’m gonna have to try it out.
    Nice pick on the pairing too, Chimay makes some good stuff.

    And yes I’m back from Slackerdom (a.k.a. Florida) so no more slacking! lol

  5. Jason

    November 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Great review. I just stumbled on your site while trying to decide if I wanted to buy the Oscuro since its older brother is so hard to find. We have a homebrew club up in Las Cruces. It usually breaks out into a cigar smoking party at the end of the night. You should come up and have some of our beer. Maybe drop some cigar knowledge on us.

    Cheers!

    Jason

    BTW nice pairing. I’ll have to try that one.

    • Tony Casas

      November 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for the read and the kind words Jason! I actually purchased a kit from a pool place out there on Roadrunner a long while back. Me and some friends started a first, very unguided brew and completely missed. We were about to try again when a buddy of mine’s car got stolen with the kit in there. So it’s totally something I am interested in! I met a few Las Cruces homebrewers at a few of the beer tastings at Billy Crews, any chance you’re one of em?

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  8. Shakka

    July 7, 2011 at 3:27 am

    This Is one great Cigar…The only problem is that I cant always find them while Im travelling

  9. Dan

    July 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Just picked one these guys up, along with a La Aurora 107 robusto!

  10. jjo

    January 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I’m just getting into the last third of this stick, and I have to say, it’s got some kick to it. I haven’t felt this effect for a while, but the flavors are great if you like a strong woody, charry, and slightyly earthy take, which I do – sometimes, anyway. This would not make my normal rotation, but as an occasional ass-kicker, yeah, I’d keep a couple around.

  11. Paul Tyler

    March 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I had one of these last night and pretty much had same experience you did…a bit of harshness up front and then settled into nice smoke…ash held on forever, razor burn…middle third was great…then when I hit the last third it became difficult to keep lit….took extra puffs but worried it would heat up too much and get mushy…ended up tapping ash off and relighting and that seemed to solve the problem so took it right down to the nub. Hadn’t eaten much beforehand so was worried it might kick my ass a bit but it wasn’t too bad. Wood definitely fire up another at some point.

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