The Quesada Dojo de Luxe is the sixth collaborative cigar released by Cigar Dojo. Cigar Dojo is the first and largest social cigar application / community. Over the past three years, Cigar Dojo has teamed up with leading cigar manufacturers to develop limited edition exclusive cigars. The Dojo de Luxe is the first collaboration Cigar Dojo has done with Quesada Cigars. For this project a perfecto vitola based on the highly acclaimed “Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica” blend was introduced. Prior to the Quesada Dojo de Luxe, the previous five collaborative cigars by Cigar Dojo were either maduro and/or fuller offerings. With Dojo de Luxe, the plan was to offer something more classic and Cubanesque. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the Quesada Dojo de Luxe. Overall, Cigar Dojo meets its objectives while Quesada delivers a high quality release.
Back in 2014, Quesada Cigars celebrated the 40th anniversary of when Manuel (Manolo) Quesada opened the MATASA factory in the Dominican Republic. To commemorate the occasion, Quesada Cigars released the Quesada 40th Anniversary line. This line featured five vitolas using a San Andres wrapped blend developed by Quesada’s daughters Raquel and Patricia. In addition, there was a sixth vitola that was released known as the Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica. The Corona Clasica was different in that it was developed by Manuel Quesada himself. It featured an entirely different blend using an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and is the most limited offering in the 40th Anniversary line. In 2016, a second vitola based on the Corona Clasica became a limited edition shop exclusive to Small Batch Cigar. This size was in the form of a petite belicoso known as the Quesada 40th Anniversary Petit Belicoso Clasica. Earlier this year, Dojo de Luxe became the third vitola based on the Corona Clasica blend.
The Quesada Dojo de Luxe is being exclusively sold at Smoke Inn located in South Florida.
The following are the six collaborations that Cigar Dojo has released:
- Undercrown Dogma by Drew Estate
- Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla by Espinosa Cigars
- Viaje Throw Down Dojonation
- RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794-Cigar Dojo Edition
- Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II by Espinosa Cigars
- Quesada Dojo de Luxe
While not official collaborations, MoyaRuiz Cigars has done three limited edition cigars paying homage to the Cigar Dojo community:
Without further ado, let’s break down the Quesada Dojo de Luxe and see what the smoking experience has in store.
As mentioned, the blend for the Dojo de Luxe is based on the Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica. In addition to the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the Dojo de Luxe uses Dominican tobaccos in the binder and filler. The cigars are produced at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Quesada Cigars SA)
Including the Corona Clasica, there have been three cigars based on that original blend.
The Dojo de Luxe is packaged in ten count boxes.
The Quesada Dojo De Luxe is a light brown wrapper with a silky complexion to it. The surface is the wrapper is slightly bumpy. The wrapper has some thin visible veins and some visible wrapper seams. There is a gentle taper toward the head of the cigar leaving a small cap. The taper toward the footer is slightly steeper – almost creating the nozzle-like effect. The footer, while smaller in circumference is still open.
There are two bands on the Quesada Dojo de Luxe. The first is the silver, black band that is seen on many Quesada cigars. It features the large silver and gold Quesada “Q”-shaped leaf logo. Below the leaf is the text “Quesada” in silver cursive font. To the left and right of this text is a gold stripe. On the left stripe is the text “DOMINICAN REPUBLIC” in small black font. On the right stripe is the text “MADE BY HAND” in small black font. Finally, surrounding the leaf logo to the left and right are silver and gold rows of miniature “Q”-shaped leaf logos.
One thing I have liked about each of the Cigar Dojo exclusives is how they have incorporated their branding onto the bands. With the Dojo de Luxe, the Cigar Dojo branding is featured on the secondary band. The secondary band rests just below the primary band. It is black in color with silver and black trim. Prominently displayed on the band is the text “DOJO” in large copper font. Just below that text is the text “DE LUXE” in a smaller copper font.
Preparation for the Cigar Experience
Before lighting up the Quesada Dojo De Luxe, I went with a straight cut. As have done with most of my perfectos, I used my Credo Special T cutter with the 36 ring gauge hole to get an ideal cut for this perfecto. Once the cap was removed, I moved on to the pre-light draw phase. The dry draw delivered a mix of cream and wood. Overall I considered this to be a simple, but satisfactory. At this point I was ready to light up my Quesada Dojo De Luxe and awaited what the smoking experience would have in store.
The Quesada Dojo De Luxe started out with notes of wood, cedar, cream, and cherry. The cherry note was more of a sour cherry varietal. “Sour cherry” should not be construed as a negative as it balanced out some sweetness coming from this particular note. Meanwhile, the cedar and cherry notes became primary while the generic wood and cream notes moved into the background. The retro-hale produced a combination of cedar and a slight amount of black pepper.
Later in the first third, a Cuban-style “twang” emerged in the forefront (something that I consider to be a convergence of the cedar, cherry, and some natural tobacco flavors). If you like this particular note, you will get a nice dose of it here. Meanwhile there were notes of cream, generic wood, and now black pepper in the background.
Just past the midway point of the Quesada Dojo de Luxe, the “twang” broke apart. Standalone notes of the sour cherry and cedar resurfaced again along some bready notes. I still detected the black pepper, generic wood, and a touch of cream in the background.
The last third saw the same flavor profile as above, but there was definitely an increase in black pepper. The black pepper didn’t quite overtake the cherry, cedar, and bread combination in the forefront, but it came close. This is the way the Quesada Dojo de Luxe came to a close. The resulting nub was outstanding for a perfecto – cool in temperature and firm to the touch.
Burn and Draw
When it comes to the burn, the Quesada Dojo de Luxe scores very nicely. This cigar maintained a straight burn path from start to finish. The burn line was also relatively straight. The Dojo de Luxe is cigar that had a light colored gray ash with some darker speckling. I found this to be a firm ash and one that came off the cigar in clean chunks. The burn temperature was ideal for this cigar, but I did find this cigar to burn a little fast (I found these averaged around 70 minutes to smoke). The quicker burn rate only reduced the smoking time and didn’t affect the combustion.
I’ll infer the quicker burn was tied to a more open draw. While not “very loose”, this draw did produce an nice amount of smoke. While the draw was more open, I never had to walk on eggshells with this cigar to control the combustion.
Strength and Body
I feel comfortable saying the Quesada Dojo De Luxe is the most dialed back of the Dojo released cigars. While going through the tapered footer, the Dojo De Luxe started out as a mild to medium strength, mild to medium-bodied cigar. Once the cigar burned through the tapered section and reached the main shank, both the strength and body progressed to medium – and remained there for the duration of the smoke.
In terms of strength versus body, I found both attributes to balance each other well – with neither one overshadowing the other.
On one hand, the Quesada Dojo de Luxe does satisfy the objectives of this release – namely delivering on a classic and Cubanesque style smoking experience. As mentioned, this is a more dialed back release for the Dojo series. It’s a cigar with with a nice flavor and a good amount of complexity.
On the other hand, when this is compared to the original Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica, I did find it came up a a little short. The Dojo De Luxe delivers quite a different profile – and it’s a testament to why “size matters” when it comes to cigar blends. It’s important to know that I consider thee Corona Clasica to be one of the all-time epic smokes out of Quesada, so in many cases the Dojo De Luxe is going to be compared to a cigar where the bar is very high. Looking at this cigar standalone, it’s pretty good. It’s a cigar that I’d recommend to any cigar enthusiast, and it’s one that is worthy of a box split in my book.
Key Flavors: Cedar, Cream, Cherry, Black Pepper, and a “Cuban Twang”
Strength: Mild to Medium (Start), Medium (Duration)
Body: Mild to Medium (Start), Medium (Duration)
Assessment: 3.5-Box Split
News: Quesada Dojo de Luxe becomes Latest Collaboration for Cigar Dojo
Brand Reference: Quesada
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop