San Cristobal Quintessence Cigars
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San Cristobal Quintessence

92-Rated: #21 Cigar of 2018

Quintessentially delicious

Ashton Cigars. San Cristobal. Don Pepin Garcia. Three names that have changed the cigar industry radically over the years with their top-shelf handmades. And San Cristobal Quintessence is no different. If you haven't tried any San Cristobals yet, you're in for a real treat. I don’t know what a quintessence is, but for my money you could put this in the dictionary: “One helluva tasty cigar.”

Made at the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, San Cristobal Quintessence uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper most excellently. Medium to full-bodied, this one coats the palate with coffee, spice, and a rich, unique sweetness that you’ll absolutely love. The Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers grown by the Garcia family put this one over the top, into the category of “must-have.”

Great news - San Cristobal Quintessence was honored as one of the Top 25 Cigars of 2018 with a score of 92-points. Here's what the critics had to say, "an impressive combination of balance and character. It’s a leathery and spicy cigar but well layered with sweet notes of chocolate. The construction is remarkably good."

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Belicoso (6.5"x54)
Box of 24Backordered$222.00
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Belicoso (6.5"x54)
Pack of 5Backordered$43.50
Corona Gorda (5.6"x46)
Box of 24In Stock$198.00
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Corona Gorda (5.6"x46)
Pack of 5In Stock$39.00
Epicure (Toro) (6.0"x52)
Box of 24Backordered$216.00
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Epicure (Toro) (6.0"x52)
Pack of 5Backordered$45.00
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Majestic (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Box of 24In Stock$234.00
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Majestic (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Pack of 5In Stock$46.00
Robusto (5.5"x50)
Box of 24In Stock$210.00
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Robusto (5.5"x50)
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Overall Rating4.8 out of 5 Based on 5 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “San Cristobal Quintessence”

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4 out of 5
Excellent smoke for its price.
Excellent smoke for its price. Best accompanied by a bourbon. Yea, baby!
5 out of 5
Very enjoyable.
Even burning with a smooth draw. A great smoke that has hints of spice and sweetness. It has clean finish that isn’t harsh on the palate.
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very nice
In my top 5, if not 3. I put it up there with a Caldwell i recently enjoyed. I like to switch it up and try a variety. I usually have 3 or 4 in a sitting, and this has been really standing out as a great one. The draw can be a bit tight, but not overly so. Just an all around great smoke for anyone, and love the band, just icing on a great stick!
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Quintessence of Rotation
A great smoke in the mid price point for a very premium smoke. Pepper, Leather and some dessert sweetness holds up well. The draw is brilliant, a tad tight at times, but heck its handmade and nothing is absolutely perfect. Worth a 5 pack if you can get one, try them and perhaps it will be in your regular rotation

Putting Quintessence Through the Ringer

Joey J.
Quintessence. A quick Google search tells me this SAT word means, “the most perfect or typical example of quality or class.” Sounds a bit hoity-toity, no? It’s fair to think so — San Cristobal has certainly built themselves up as a boutique brand, a bit of a connoisseur’s favorite. Today, we’re going to take a look at the newest release from San Cristobal, and put their merits to the test. Is this brand really worth top-dollar, or are all these reviewers just blowing smoke? Let’s find out.

First up, the credentials. San Cristobal is produced by Ashton cigars, and made in Don Pepín García’s much heralded Nicaraguan factory. If those names mean nothing to you, it’s pretty much the cigar equivalent of a rock super group. Ashton has long been known for releasing some of the highest-quality cigars on the premium market, and Don Pepin Garcia is one of the most celebrated cigar makers ever. The résumé checks out here, let’s keep going. 

How about the history? Quintessence is the fifth release in the San Cristobal line, and each of the previous four have gone on to tons of acclaim. The original blend was 93-rated, Elegancia earned a 91-rating, Revelation (a stronger, box-pressed vitola) got a 91, and Ovation (a limited edition release) flew off shelves at break neck speed. Hell, there’s even a group of San Cristobal fans that gather in parking lots to tailgate and call themselves Parrotheads, after the famous parrot that’s on each box. Wait, what’s that? I’m being told that Parrotheads are something else completely, but regardless we’ll have to check the box here, too. San Cristobal comes from a storied tradition of delicious releases.

Still not convinced? Alright, let’s forget the past, and move on to Quintessence itself. The cigar features a slightly thicker and oily Ecuador Habano wrapper overtop an expertly bunched and rolled selection of Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers. Take a whiff, and you’ll find typical barnyard aromas (A+ in my book). Leather, earth, and hay mingle together, promising that this should be a meaty and complex experience.

I picked the appealingly thick 6.5” x 54 belicoso for this review, and after clipping the foot, the draw is just right. Toasting the foot, I’m immediately finding coffee, a sweet, vanilla like flavor, and lots of earth. Keeping things interesting, Quintessence evolves as it burns down, bringing about grass and leather (think Davidoff) in the second third, and finishes strong with an increase in strength and dishes of black pepper. I snagged two of these for the review, and once I was done with them I immediately considered picking some up for the humidor at home. A good sign, for sure.

Alright, I’ve been rambling for long enough, let’s give this thing a proper wrap-up. Quintessence is one of the best cigars I’ve tried this year. If I sampled it earlier, it would have easily made our Top 25 Cigars of 2016 list (speaking of, keep an eye out for that feature, coming soon!). You can knock the price, but honestly, it’s worth it. I’d expect 90+ ratings from other publications soon, so get in early and don’t miss out.