The Quesada family has been on such a hot streak lately, it is hard to imagine it stopping anytime soon. With releases such as Casa Magna, Domus Magnus, Oktoberfest, Espana, Jalapa, and many others, they are riding a hot streak like maybe no one else in the cigar business right now. That’s where the Regius White Label comes in. A new line under the Quesada banner, Regius is a brand that for some time was only available in Europe. The original Regius is a Nicaraguan cigar created at the Plasencia factory. When SAG Imports, the distribution arm of the Quesada family’s operation, began distributing Regius in the U.S. market they also began creating their own version of the Regius. Dubbed the Regius White Label, the cigar is made at the MATASA factory in the Dominican Republic, overseen by Manuel Quesada, and will soon be something everyone is talking about. With that said, let’s light this beauty up and see what this Regius has up it’s sleeves.
Size: Royal Robusto 5 5/8 x 54
Wrapper: Dominican Habano
Price: $7.75/stick or $173.95/box of 25
Appearance: The first thing I notice about the Regius White Label is the silky, medium brown wrapper. It is so soft to the touch, with just a tad bit of tooth to it, and a very slight oily sheen as well. The bands look nice over the cigar, the original black band of the Regius line over the white band designating this as the White Label by Don Manuel Quesada. The original band is a classy looking black with gold trim and has the name Regius written in red across it. There is a simple texture to the black that, in my opinion, gives it some character and helps it stand out from a typical glossy band. The cap is beautifully applied, as I have come to expect from the MATASA factory, with three distinct lines for the triple cap.
Pre-Light Aroma: The Regius White Label has a heavy aroma on the foot, bringing forth strong notes of earth, musky air, and a citrus like sweetness. The wrapper carries over the musky scent with the citrus sweetness trying to come out but not quite making itself fully known. Once I clipped the cap, I discovered a near perfect draw for my usual standards. Open but with some resistance, I’ve never been one for a really open draw, it just seems off to me if they are too easy. The citrus I was smelling on the foot becomes very apparent in the dry-draw, coming forth in a very distinct tangerine flavor, with some woodsy and earthy notes creeping into the background. The mix of flavors before the cigar is even lit are very intriguing, getting my mouth watering right off the bat, so let’s light this new beauty up and see what she’s all about.
The Regius White Label opens up with rich flavors of cedar, oak, and a slight molasses sweetness. The first few puffs really deliver big earthy flavors that caught me a bit off guard, they are very pronounced and heavy on the palate, something I was definitely not expecting. The finish is clean and simple, not lingering too long but providing just enough aftertaste to keep you puffing away happily. Through the nose, the smoke is much the same, with the sweetness becoming more forward and announcing itself much more loudly. The combination of musky like flavors on the tongue and sweetness on the nose create a beautiful harmony with the medium strength profile at the start. The ash is a thick, dark gray, holding strong for most of the first third along a great burn line.
Once we move into the 2nd third, the strength of the Regius White Label takes a noticeable step up into the medium-full range of strength. It doesn’t quite push over into the true full bodied level, but it gets pretty close. Flavor wise the cigar has remained much the same, a good thing because the flavors are delicious. There is a tad more spice on the palate now, adding a layer to the already complex and well balanced feel of this smoke. The sweetness still comes heavy through the nose, creating a great flavor profile every 3rd or 4th puff as I don’t retrohale every time. The musky earth and cedar on the tongue continues to deliver and the aroma of the smoke is very pleasing. The burn line stays spot on with the ash continuing to hit the 3/4 of an inch mark before I tap it off.
Now into the final third of the Regius White Label and the sweetness has come forward on the tongue. The earth and cedar are still present but the sweet molasses has taken over as the leading flavor in this final portion of the cigar. The spice has moved into the retrohale and the flavors continue to mingle together nicely. The finish is still medium-full, not quite reaching the true full bodied mark, making for a very nice overall experience. The strength and depth of flavors kept me interested from start to finish, creating a harmonious balance between the two and never overpowering at any point. The MATASA factory has been putting out winner after winner and this is no different, a great cigar that every hobbyist should pick up.
Cigar King Staff Quotes:
Josh: “Regius delivers a great flavor without being too strong. Very nicely done.”
A.G.: “The Quesada family makes some great sticks and this is right up there with the best of them.”
Kole: “The earthy and sweet notes make this a great cigar, regardless of the time of day.”