Size: 5.25 x 50
Vitola: Robusto (Box-Press)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Factory: Tabacalera Palma
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Matilde Cigars
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: From the wrapper I get notes of orange, cocoa and cedar, with a tad bit of spice. The foot is deep and sweet, with aromas of orange, apricot and chocolate. The cold draw is noticeably dry, with orange peel and oat flavors.
Smoking: The Quadrata starts off with more pepper spice than I was expecting. But, this spice fades down pretty quickly to reveal notes of cedar and a hint of the orange peel from the cold draw. A sourdough-like bread note takes over at the end of this third and mixes nicely with the apricot note I got from the foot. There is also nice amount of smoke pouring off this cigar. Strength and body are a solid medium.
The second third transitions into flavors of charred wood, cedar and orange peel. But the orange peel is more of a dried out and toasted note, than the moist, sweet note from before. The strength and body ramp up to fuller, medium-full note.
The final third has some harshness, but it isn’t extreme and actually blends with the toasty wood notes. The retrohale is where the flavors are truly hiding, deep fruit notes and some black pepper are very pleasant. There is also a meatiness coming through in this third. The body is full, the strength just under that and the smoke is thick and white.
Construction: The overall cigar felt light and almost hollow, but squeezing the cigar showed it to be rolled well and the draw was smooth. The first third burned well, although a little wavy. It randomly went out in the second third, but relit without issue. Other than that, the construction on this Quadrata is good.
Final Thoughts: The Quadrata is stronger than I tend to gravitate toward, but the orange and fruit notes make up for it and allow me to enjoy it fully. This is one full body cigar that I can go back to, though it is rare I reach for strength.
Rating: 89 AKA “5-pack”