The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua cigar was Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year of 2019!We could end the description there, right? That alone makes it a must-smoke for...
The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua cigar was Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year of 2019!
We could end the description there, right? That alone makes it a must-smoke for most people. But in case you want to know a bit about it, here’s the story behind one of the best cigars on the market.
Believe it or not, this blend is the child of another ultra-premium smoke: the Quattro F55, which was named the #2 cigar of 2013. The first time around, the Quattro blend was built around Dominican tobacco, but featured a very special Indonesian Sumatra wrapper. While most Sumatra smokes feature leaf grown in Ecuador, this was the real deal, grown back in the country that gave the varietal its name.
It was a legendary leaf!
Aging Room master blender Rafael Nodal had happened upon it while on a trip to Europe, where he found a harvest of the tobacco aging away, waiting for its moment with destiny. When that moment came, the cigar world applauded. The Quattro F55 was a deliciously rich and balanced blend. But of course, while many people would be terrified to change anything after hitting a home run like that, Nodal confidently moved forward, experimenting with different blends to see if a masterpiece could be improved.
And here we are, with a totally different take and a totally different blend in the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua.
The name “Quattro” must have some luck in it, because nothing in that cigar line is less than excellent. This time around, the Dominican blend and Sumatra wrapper are out. Instead, we’ve got an incredibly satisfying Nicaraguan puro made in collaboration with another highly accomplished blender: A.J. Fernandez (the palate behind cigars such as Enclave, Last Call, New World, Ramon Allones, San Lotano, Man O’ War, Diesel, etc.). The man knows tobacco about as well as anyone, and if you’re making a Nicaraguan blend, there are few partners better than him to work with.
Let’s get to the cigar already!
The smoke from the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua is full body, flavor, and strength. This one doesn’t pull a single punch, but also uses its power perfectly, instead of simply bowling you over. Cigar Aficionado describes it this way: “heavy and rich with notes of dark chocolate and wood, and other times, subtle and understated with hints of fine caramel and toasted almonds. In musical terms, the word for this box-pressed torpedo would be dynamic.”
Nicaraguan tobacco continues to dominate the conversation on the heels of the release of this one, and a few puffs will remind you why. We thought the first Quattro was Nodal’s masterpiece. Now we’re quite happy to have been mistaken about that.
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