In late Spring, Matilde Cigars announced their third line as a company. The line was to be showcased at the 2016 IPCPR and ship to retailers right afterwards. It would be the company's first box pressed cigar and it would be a cigar that they said would fall between Renacer and Oscura in terms of strength, body and flavors. I have been a fan of everything the company has done since they hit the market in 2014, and I have great respect for the Seijas Family and appreciate the blends that Jose Seijas has done for Matilde and before with Altadis. With that being said, let's take a look at the new Matilde Quadrata.
Cigar: Matilde Quadrata Toro Bravo
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera Palma
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Length: 6 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 54
Vitola: Double Robusto
The Quadrata is pressed lovely and it has a nice industrial press quality while not being over the top. The wrapper is quite dark and marbled, and I would say between Colorado and Maduro but closer to Maduro. There are some medium sized veins present throughout and as I just said, pressed well with a great finish on the cap. There are still some curves present. The wrapper gives off some dark and rich qualities and it begins with some dark chocolate cake note with some cinnamon spice as well. There are some tobacco and barnyard qualities as well, and it is rather enjoyable. The foot is giving off more spice notes and it is delivering a lot of pepper and less sweet dark chocolate notes. There is a consistent tobacco aroma and it is lovely.
The first third begins by showing some rich flavors and it is a filling and complex cigar. I am picking up some strong barnyard qualities and it is delivering some rustic earth flavors that have some damp wood qualities with that. There are some mineral qualities and with that are some salty aspects. There is a nice spice kick on the finish, and it has an old-school strong cigar vibe. I would say the body and flavors are on the full side of spectrum and the strength is around a medium-full. The construction thus far has been good and I am getting a fairly even burn line with a dark charcoal ash on the end. The ash is holding on firmly and with that is a nice bit of smoke being produced on each draw. I have been storing these at a lower humidity level, low 60's, and it is a cigar that I recommend smokers store at that level so that they get the best smoking experience from the cigar.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding that the flavor profile has increased some in this third. I am picking up some stronger spice flavors, and they are pairing well with the rustic barnyard and mineral notes that were present in the first third and more dominant then. The earth and damp wood notes are really enjoyable and I can see the compliment of the Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco in the filler blend. There is the saltiness present like before and I am getting some cocoa and meaty notes also. The cigar remains medium-full in strength, and the body and flavors are still at that full level. The construction is still solid and I am getting a nice bit of smoke with each puff and the burn line at the end remains solid, giving off a nice charcoal ash that is holding on firmly.
When I get into the final third of the cigar, the cocoa flavors have really begun to emerge and they are pairing well with the meaty and spice qualities. There are those great barnyard flavors as well and it is a complex cigar with a lot going on but a lot of balance and complimentary flavors as well. The mineral flavors have faded some, and are present with that rustic earth flavor profile. Overall, the cigar is smoking at that full level in terms of body and flavors, and the strength is remaining at that medium-full level. Very balanced, the cigar has smoked well from the first through the final third of the cigar. In terms of construction, I am getting an even burn line with that firm dark charcoal ash on the end and the draw remains cool producing a nice bit of smoke. The cigar has a nice finish and it is a long finish.
Since Matilde Cigars hit the market in 2014, I have been thoroughly impressed with the cigars they have released. They had a great start with Renacer and an amazing sophomore release with Oscura, so when they announced the Quadrata earlier this year, I was excited. I will be honest, I am a fan of box-pressed cigars to begin with and I like what the pressing does to the wrapper and blend. It is always interesting to see what pressing does to a blend. It helps with how the cigar will smoke and it produces a more solid flavor profile. That is definitely the case with the Quadrata and that's what made this my second favorite cigar from Matilde. It has a rich and filling flavor profile that is full but balanced and not over the top in strength. It has a touch of old-school qualities, but at the same time reaches to the modern smoker. It really falls between Oscura and Renacer, so I think if you like either or, or both you will enjoy what the Quadrata offers. Because of all of that, I am giving the cigar a solid 90. I think it is a release that will age well, and if you let these sit in a lower humidity level for a while before smoking, you will have a great experience once you light it up.
Overall Rating: 90 AKA "Box Split"