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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Primus Review
By GC
9/27/2011 11:20:00 AM


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A new limited edition blend from SAG/Matasa is the Casa Magna Domus Magnus. The cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro with a sun-grown wrapper from the Jalapa Valley and was blended by Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia. Packed as 10 counts in a sturdy built hinged box, the presentation is wonderful. The larger of the two sizes that I am sampling is called the Primus (6 3/8 x 55), the smaller being the Optimus which is (5 7/8 x 52). Both are extremely box pressed, basically square really and finished off with a pigtail cap. The band is similar to the original Casa Magna, with different colors identifying the Domus Magnus Blend. The cigar is finished off with a foot band also identifying the namesake.

The wrapper is toothy yet smooth, with a rich brown color. The cigar feels well packed with ample heft , yet at the same time has a bit of softness to it when you give it a pinch. There is a sweet scent coming from the foot of sugar, sweet tobacco and some fruit notes. The cold draw has a really fruity taste, think Juicyfruit gum.. It's really an intense flavor hopefully it will be balanced with some nice spicy body.

First Third:

The cigar takes to flame very well and starts off with some great flavors. Right off the bat I'm tasting the fruitiness mentioned above with some peppery spice, overall very enjoyable. The draw is a bit loose and the cigar puts out a good amount of smoke. The square shape of the cigar is very comfortable in the mouth. The fruitiness has died down a bit leaving rich tobacco flavors with a nice creamy spice through the nose. The burn line is wavering, but nothing that cannot be touched up easily. The initial ash hung on for well over an inch before I dumped it. As the first third ends the cigar's fruitiness has come back on the forefront. It seems like areas of my palate that don't normally get stimulated while smoking a cigar are coming alive. The tip of my tongue is alive with a tanginess that is rare for me while smoking a cigar.



Second Third:

Although Nicaraguan, this cigar is starting out as a medium body smoke. The second third is much like the first, with more body and more pronounced flavor. I'm not sure if I'm able to truly identify the complexity of the sweet fruit-like flavors. If I were going to try it would be something like blackberry or a dark raspberry. I am pairing with coffee, so it may be amplifying this flavor, but it seems like a dark roast coffee or dark chocolate is in the mix here as well. The finish is all sweetness though, fairly long and very sweet. There are also some hints of leather or earth in the background that I'm picking up. The burn and draw are perfect at this point and the ash hangs on like a champ. Towards the end of the second third the Domus Magnus builds to something more along the medium-full in body with a full, complex flavor. There's a lot going on here!



Last Third:

The last third has the Domus Magnus becoming a very rich smoke. Because the cigar is so intent on delivering such a variety of sweet flavors, I would have to say this is almost like a "dessert" cigar. Everything has come together in the final act of this cigar perfectly offering amazing balance and complimentary flavors. It very much reminds me of my morning cup of very strong french press coffee, but towards the end, where the unmixed sugar is left behind. This cigar is like the last sip of that strong, sweet coffee. I think the final third of this cigar is my favorite, the flavors are awesome, the body is just right and it's just a very enjoyable, unique smoke at this point.



Overall:

This cigar is very enjoyable. Definitely a change of pace from the fuller body, peppery spicy Nicaraguan's. There were some flavors in the Casa Magna Domus Magnus that I honestly have never tasted before in a cigar. I would qualify it as a dessert cigar, very rich a sweet. A perfect closer for a big meal. This cigar is very unique and I think the complexity of flavor and balance are really second to none. With only 5000 boxes being made, if your interested, pull the trigger soon, these won't be around much longer. Check out the brand page for the Casa Magna Domus Magnus to see what's in stock.



Keep on Smokin!
~GC

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Tags: Casa Magna Domus Magnus, Matasa, SAG Imports, IPCPR 2011, cigar reviews, optimus, primus, nicaraguan puro, fruit, coffee, complex, richness, medium - full
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