Casadagli Cigars first showed off their latest line at the TPE trade show in 2021, Casadagli Villa Casdagli. The name comes from the home of Emmanuel and Maria Casdagli. It was quite a lavish house in Cairo that was later called Kersal Villa, the name honoring the family’s Salford home in England, but more properly as Kasr-el-Dubara, after the square of Midan on which it was built. More recently it became known as Villa Casdagli. The cigar officially launched at the PCA tradeshow in July.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The blend is a tweaked version of the Daughters of the Wind Robusto which came out in December 2018. The blend uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and other tobaccos from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru. The cigar is rolled at Tabacos de Costa Rica S.A. in Costa Rica. The company says that the proportions of each tobacco vary by size. The Robusto and Pigasus use two Peruvian filler leaves, while the other two use only one. Four of the tobaccos in the blend go through a”mejorado” fermentation process, or a second fermentation in a pilon to get an additional 2-4 months before being used.
Casdagli Villa Casdagli comes in four different vitolas: Robusto (5 x 52) – $12.50, Pigasus (5 x 54/58) – $16, Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) – $13.50, and Toro (6 x 54) – $15. All are packed in boxes of 12.
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Costa Rica
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru
Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica S.A.
Blender: Jeremy Casdagli
Number of reviewers: 4 – Sean F. (fullermaine) Lauren S. (Lauren S.) Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard) Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: June 2021
Contributed by: Casdagli Cigars
Initial Impressions – Casdagli Villa Casdagli Toro
“Oily chocolate wrapper with a few veins showing.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
“A sweet dark chocolate scent off of the foot with just a hint of muskiness as well.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Milk chocolate is screaming out loudly and clearly on the cold draw and it is so defined that I scramble to find my lighter and set this damn cigar on fire as quickly as is humanly possible – I mean, who doesn’t like milk chocolate? Weirdos, that’s who. Upon torching the foot, a medium/full strength pepper spice floods the nostrils while earth and mineral are detected via the draw. Once that spice settles down which is fairly quickly, the mineral joins in on the retrohale and a very light coffee note begins to arise on the draw. Construction early on is very good with a smooth draw, solid ash, and copious smoke production.” –Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
“Light flavor notes coming through. Just a hint of cocoa coming through.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
“This third is the sweet spot of the blend. The dried fruit along with just a slight floral note plays beautifully on top of the chocolate earth base. A baking spice enters on the retrohale and this is one of those cigars that I wish could last with these flavors forever.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Earthy black tea, a hint of molasses.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
“This cigar makes more and more sense with each third smoked. Everything slowly comes together with every puff and by the beginning of the final portion of the smoking experience, the cigar’s true intent is finally understood. The previous flavors are all still highly present, with the exception of that fleeting almond note, but at the beginning of the last third a very pronounced vanilla cake icing appears for about five minutes and it is a true highlight of this cigar’s overall profile. I just wish that it had lasted longer but we can’t have everything…” –Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
“The slight herbal and floral notes have picked up more right at the end giving this cigar an oddly sweet finish. I’m used to a cigar becoming more heavy and spicy at the end but this one almost seems to lighten.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
Overall Impressions – Casdagli Villa Casdagli Toro
“This draw on this cigar was slightly on the tighter side.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
“The burn was the biggest drawback of this stick, requiring multiple touch-ups as it never burned evenly.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“No flaws other than burn issues and slight tight draw.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 91
“Pretty unenjoyable cigar from beginning to end. Slivers of silver are showing once the cap is punched. Subtle notes of oak, black pepper, cocoa, and cherry. Very tight draw that leads to splitting and uneven burning. Not a cigar I’d want in my humidor.” –Sean F. (fullermaine)
“The middle third of third if this blend would be up there with some of the best flavors I have tasted in a cigar. Chocolate, earth, dried fruit, slight floral hits, and heavy baking spice on the retrohale just made for an indulgent flavor profile. The start and finish were not quite as delicious but still made for a great overall experience ill be happy to revisit.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Good flavors, just odd burn, and draw.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
“This is a slow-burning cigar whose story is told in three chapters and with each chapter, the cigar’s smoking experience gets better and better. Solid easily discernible flavors, impressive transitions, and complexity, this cigar was far from boring by anybody’s definition and I would certainly smoke it again.” –Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 104
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