With a 95 rating, the Quattro F55 was very nearly Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year in 2013. It was narrowly beaten by the Montecristo No. 2, sadly. But the good news is, it gave Boutique Blends president and co-founder Rafael Nodal the encouragement needed to keep pushing forward and producing more Aging Room small batch cigars like the Quattro F59. Instead of the F55’s Sumatra-grown wrapper, the 59 features a beautifully-aged Cuban-seed Dominican wrapper. And this baby took a long time to get right – over ten years of aging was needed to get these flavors developed to the point where Nodal found them appropriate for a blend in the beloved F Series.
Inside, the binder and filler tobacco are also Dominican, making this an Aging Room Dominican puro. The flavors are tremendous and complex, but the chief notes are coffee bean, charcoal, and a bit of sweet vermouth on the finish. This is the kind of cigar that just cries out for a drink pairing. It’s also box pressed, so you can enjoy a more stable flavor journey and a longer burn. And, as CAO Chief Blender Rick Rodriguez explains, a box pressed cigar delivers “cooler” smoke, due in part to the fact that it’s hard to close your mouth fully around the square shape, leaving some extra airflow in your mouth. Whether that’s true in your experience or not, the fact remains that some of the very best cigars use pressing to improve the smoking experience (for example, Cigar Aficionado’s 2017 Cigar of the Year, the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark).
So, what direction is the F Series moving in as Rafael Nodal seeks out his next exemplary blend? Pick up an Aging Room Quattro F59 cigar and find out!