I normally go into a cigar review as blind as I can. Of course, sometimes that isn't too blind, if the cigar is popular enough. But that is not a problem here. I have never heard of Que Vida Cigars that I can think of and a Google search doesn't reveal too much more. They appear to be based in New Jersey, have a lot of facing in New York and are about a year old. As for the cigar itself, same story, all undisclosed. So, lets get to what we CAN find out.
Size: 6 x 52
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigar for review provided by a fellow BOTL
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: The wrapper has a strong scent of wet leather, freshly fermented tobacco and some deep peppery earth, and the foot shows just the slightest hint of cocoa and red pepper. The cold draw is very smooth, with mostly cedar flavors, with some cocoa and red pepper coming through.
Beginning: The Que Vida starts off with a nice burst of smooth, semi-sweet flavors. The main profile of which, is this very different, almost sweet mushroom flavor. It turns into a very meaty profile, a vegetable meatiness that is. There is a very muted black pepper note as well, which blends in nicely with the rest of the profile. A smooth medium body with a straight burn and solid ash.
Middle: The mushroom note from the beginning continues through here, but it lightens up with the addition of an almost citrusy sweetness. It’s not that strong though and stays in the background. There is a strong almond note that comes into play midway through. Still a solid medium, with a mostly even burn and nice ash.
End: To end, the Que Vida follows a similar profile. It is still mushroomy, but the black pepper really starts to come through. The combination results in a mushroom and moist black pepper profile, unlike any other I can think of having. The profile remains right in the medium range, with a straight burn and solid ash.
Final Thoughts: Both of the cigars I smoked had similar profiles and burned very well. I can't fault the flavors, but I can say that I have never been a huge fan of the mushroom note. The black pepper note really does help it out though, and I had no need to stop smoking. Good cigar, just didn't wow me or take a seat in my wheelhouse, it was all just a bit muted for me. Definitely worth a try.
Rating: 85 AKA "A Couple" If I was in a shop, I would pick up one or two