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Old 01-31-2009, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

Smoked my first of these earlier today. What a letdown.

Solid construction with a nice dark wrapper. I am not a fan of most of Placencia's blends, so maybe this was the reason I did not find this cigar appealing. If this was meant as the replacement for the JdN, IMHO he missed the mark. None of the flavor or kick of a JdN. Some decent toastiness, but no depth or complexity and barely any nic kick.

I smoked mine down to the nub, searching for something that would tell me why this was rated so highly(other that $). I got nothing! Overall a very boring stick. Smooth yes, but flavor no.

There are so many other tasty Nicaraguan smokes out there that I would smoke before the Casa Magna. JdN, Tat's, Pepin Blacks.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:29 PM   #2
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I agree. I smoked one and just didn't "get it". And I am a Nestor fan.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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I trust you Bob more than Cigar Aficionado magazine!!!!
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Default Re: Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

Thanks for the review. I have not yet tried it yet... But typically I don't like anything from Nestor Placencia.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:15 PM   #5
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Dang,,,I wanted to try this one out but now I have to rethink this.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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Dang,,,I wanted to try this one out but now I have to rethink this.
Don't let someone else's opinion stop you from trying one, everyone's tastes and opinions are different. You certainly won't be wasting your money at that price point, and you may just like it...that's the reason there are so many great cigars blended every year. Spend $6 and post your own review and join in the fun
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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Dang,,,I wanted to try this one out but now I have to rethink this.

Try one. It's not that it's a bad cigar, we just can't figure out why it got #1 cigar of the year.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:39 PM   #8
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Try one. It's not that it's a bad cigar, we just can't figure out why it got #1 cigar of the year.
I agree, never let one person's opinion steer you away from trying a smoke. There are hundreds of cigars out there I dont like. I will give Casa Magna another shot as well. I never make a final decision based upon a single cigar.
Each person's palate is different as are their expectations.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:40 PM   #9
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Try one. It's not that it's a bad cigar, we just can't figure out why it got #1 cigar of the year.
my thoughts exactly
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:50 AM   #10
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Default Re: Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

I tried one too and wasn't blown away, but it was a decent smoke for $6.00. I do want to give it another try though.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:52 AM   #11
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Default Re: Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

I like the Casa Magna myself. I absolutely agree that there were other cigars that they rated that were much better, i.e. DPG Blue Label Lancero (Yum!) Anyway, I think that the 92 rating that they afforded that blend is a bit high IMHO. I would put it at a solid 90-89 FWIW.

This all being said. I think that the construction is quite good, and I also think that it does offer something worthwhile. Worthy of number 1 for the year? Probably not. But a darned good cigar, definitely. Pick one up, decide for yourself.

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I have a couple of these that BigAsh sent me. I am looking forward to smoking them.
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Nice review Bob. Maybe I'll give mine a shot today.
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Thanks for the review,Bob.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:15 PM   #15
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Default Re: Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

I just picked up one of these two days ago solely because of the #1 slot at CA. I havent smoked it yet, but my expectations were so-so even then, and they are more so-so now. I will smoke it in the next couple days and report back...
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:28 PM   #16
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Had mine today. Eh, it was pretty good. Just nothing special. Kinda reminded me of a Tat red a bit.
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:14 PM   #17
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Thanks for the review Bob. I think I will steer clear of this stick... you are right there is too much good stuff to smoke!
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:17 PM   #18
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Default Re: Casa Magna-Overhyped and underwhelming

I agree that this is not the best cigar out there, but I've been pushing this cigar as the best value in the humidor for some time now. Even though CA doesn't really care about value, I do. Thanks for the review Bob!
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:19 PM   #19
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havent had one yet...thanks for the heads up
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I have been interested in trying these too..maybe i will get lucky and my local B&M might have one. If they do i will post a quick write up tomarrow
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