After a cigar is named Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado, it usually loses quality. This is due to increased market demand and the tobacco not having enough time to mature. This is perhaps the case with this cigar. That is why we lit our cigars with cigar matches, so that we do not affect their taste.
Smoking time: about 90 minutes;
Packaging: single, pack of five, a box of twenty;
Price: $10.95 per stick, $57.25 per pack, $242.60 per box.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sumatra;
Wrapper Color: Maduro;
Construction: Even, Tight, Box-pressed;
Aroma: Cedar, Sweetness with underlying cocoa;
Initial taste: Cedar and dark chocolate;
First third: Sweet, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Leather, and Coffee;
Second third: Coffee, Sweetness, Wood, and Spiciness;
Final third: Sweet, Black Coffee, Dark chocolate, Wood, and Spiciness.
Smoking Hub Rating: 4.0;
Awards and Ranking: Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of 2019, 96-points rating.
Smoke: Silky, Smooth;
Ash: Silvery white.
Smooth but strong cigar. The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro is perfectly roller. It burns almost straight and the ash holds well.
Origin, Blend, and Vitolas
The Aging Rooms series were introduced in 2011. The first batches were made in the Dominican Republic by José “Jochy” Blanco, who is now a partner in the brand company. Many factories produce Aging Rooms cigars. We are sure they are nice cigars. But the premium product is the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro from Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. It is Cigar Aficionado’s 2019 Cigar of the Year with a 96-point rating.
The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro is made exclusively from Nicaraguan tobacco.
The available vitolas are Belicoso, Robusto, Toro, Toro Gordo, Toro Grande, and Tubo.
For this review, we smoked a 6×52 Toro.
On the market
The Aging Room Quattro is available in boxes of 5, 10, and 20 cigars, and as a single stick.
The wrapper is Maduro color with almost no visible veins. Soft-box pressed cigar with a firm structure. This cigar has a very elegant appearance.
Pre-Light Draw, Aroma, Taste
We cut about 2/8 inches off the pointed head of the cigar. The draw before lighting is beautifully easy for such a tightly rolled cigar.
The aroma before lighting is cedar, sweetness with underlying cocoa. And the taste is again cedar and dark chocolate.
The first puff after lighting the cigar is dark chocolate, wood with notes of espresso, and leather. Our crew member Milan feels a kick of black pepper in the first puffs. After a while, the pepper subsides. On the retrohale, there are spices and cocoa.
During the first third, the sweetness becomes more intense; there is some dark chocolate with earth, leather, and coffee from the first puffs. The finish is creamy with a drop of orange and a little pepper. On the retrohale, there is earth, nutmeg, and pepper.
In the second third, the taste changes. Here the coffee flavor intensifies, and the sweetness is still present with hints of wood and spice. The finish has lots of dark coffee notes and cream with a little pepper. As the cigar continues to smoke, it gets better and better.
By the end of the second third, the sweetness recedes and the distinct flavors are coffee, nutmeg, and leather. On the retrohale, it’s wood and dark chocolate.
Milan picks up a lot of earth here, but the rest of us do not find the flavor strong enough to mention.
In the final third, the sweetness increases again with lots of black coffee, dark chocolate, wood, and a pinch of spice. The finish is dark coffee again with cream, orange, and pepper. Smooth, balanced flavor. The construction of the cigar is perfect in all three parts of the cigar, so the burn line is almost razor sharp and the ash holds well.
The ash has a silvery color. It is not flaky and it is holding to about an inch.
The stick burns at a cool temperature. The burn is fairly even, almost a straight line throughout the three parts of the cigar.
Good output. The smoke is silky and smooth.
What Drink and Food Pairs Well with the Cigar
Of course, coffee. Very good combinations with Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro are with bourbon, whiskey, or cocktails like the Manhattan.
Cigar Smoked for This Review and Tasting Methodology
We smoked 6 cigars, Toro, 6×52, for this review. Each of us smoked two cigars for two days. You know, one cigar per day. For the test, we paired the cigar with water so as not to affect the flavors.
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro is a smooth cigar, perfect for more experienced aficionados.