Team Cigar Review: Casa Magna XV Anniversary

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Cigar Details: Casa Magna XV Anniversary

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos de Exportación
  • Blender: Manuel Quesada
  • Price: $15.00
  • Release Date: September 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Casa Magna XV Anniversary is medium brown and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the caps decently applied. The band is the traditional design for the brand, but this one includes the XV Anniversary designation. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and light earth while the foot brings cedar, stone fruit sweetness and light breadiness. The pre-light draw brings cedar and stewed fruit along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Gorgeous cigar, I love the Colorado coloring on the wrapper. Has a nice marbled red clay color. Fine grit texture on the wrapper. Small to medium sized veins throughout. Firm in hand, the Casa Magna XV Anniversary has aromas of rich earth, tobacco, sweet spices and wood.
John: The Casa Magna XV Anniversary comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker attached to the main cellophane body to remain intact when opened. I weighed the cigar at 18.1 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper were chocolate, bread, wood and tobacco. From the foot, I was getting sweet, aged tobacco.
Jiunn: The Casa Magna XV Anniversary has a Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas provide mainly subtleties in barnyard and cedar.

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and minerality. At a half inch in, the minerality has lightened up a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar with light amounts of earth and mustiness. An inch and a half, the earth picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, earth in the middle and minerality in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with dry earth, tobacco and seasoned wood notes. There are sweet spice notes present as well and it is a balanced cigar with a core and enjoyable flavor profile. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third delivers chocolate and tobacco as light plus wood gently takes the cigar into the post draw. A creamy, mild earth and tobacco makes up the retrohale as light leather and wood combine at the end of the puff. Spices come into the retrohale by the 20 minute mark, still lining up with the light plus intensity. Through the bottom half, a medium minus strength earth is present on the finish as well.
Jiunn: The first third creates a favorable and unique flavor profile. The baseline of flavors is cream and cedar. There’s also baking spices, anise and celery seeds. Retrohaling shows more anise and baking spices. The finish is short with soft cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth picks up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and light minerality. At three quarters of an inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. At an inch in, the toast level increases a bit. As the third wraps up, the toasted cedar is up front, with the earth not far behind and some minerality and mustiness in the background. The strength has bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly similar to that of the first third. It’s a balanced cigar with a nice core flavor profile of earth, wood, tobacco and sweet spices. Some coffee notes present as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco gets things going in the second third as mild spices and wood join up on the post draw. As the second third continues, tannins join the post draw wood. The profile continues to evolve as earth moves to the front of the profile and through the finish at medium strength and lingers for a significant time.
Jiunn: There’s slightly less complexities but the profile does meld better together. Flavors of cream, cedar and anise work very well together. Strength moves up to medium-full, while body remains medium.

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the mustiness picks up a bit. The retrohale is now back to toasted cedar, earth and mustiness. At an inch in, the minerality has become very light. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is heavily toasted cedar up front, with earth a bit behind, mustiness a bit further behind and light minerality in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is very similar to that of the second. Medium-full in strength and body with that core flavor profile of wood, earth, spices and tobacco.
John: Creamy, mossy wood is my initial flavor impression with a heavy earth and wood combination on the post draw, coating my palate. Earth is driving the profile between medium and medium-full strength as it continues.
Jiunn: The final third continuously shows less complexities, but this time around it’s less enjoyable. The flavors are all about anise and cedar. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full and medium, respectively.

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and in the second half, the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn starts out uneven, but by the one inch mark it has self corrected. Some unevenness develops again in the second third but self corrects. The last third is fairly straight.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Casa Magna XV Anniversary

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal range between open and resistant.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and minerality. The second third saw some mustiness join in. The final third saw the mustiness pick up and the minerality fade back. The Casa Magna XV Anniversary had a nice start, with a good flavor delivery. As the earth increased in the second third, it took the profile down a level in enjoyment and maintained that level the rest of the way. Overall, the cigar was just okay. The profile was fairly linear with just some changes to each of the levels of the core set of flavors. Not really a cigar I’d see myself coming back to.
Seth: I enjoyed the Casa Magna XV Anniversary. I found it to be a solid blend overall with a nice core flavor profile of recognizable flavors. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the Casa Magna was released, wow!, but it’s always fun to come back to a Casa Magna of sorts. Beautiful looking cigar, it smoked wonderfully from start to finish. Not overly complex, and it’s hard in today’s times to truly assess the price.
John: The Casa Magna XV Anniversary was a pleasant cigar overall, with the most engaging complexity coming through in the first third. Overall, this isn’t likely something I’d return to, but I’m happy to have had the experience to review it. The draw and burn were both rated as amazing. Total smoking time was quite good at 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Jiunn: Hey, what do you know, an anniversary cigar that is actually worth smoking and buying! The Casa Magna XV Anniversary showed a nuanced approach with a unique interplay of spices, followed by good softness in cream and cedar. Buy and try for sure.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$2.59

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.50

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.46

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.20

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