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Blind Cigar Review: J. Fuego | Connoisseur Grand Robusto

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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.

Vitola:
Length: 5.5″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin:
Wrapper:
Binder: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Honduran Corojo
Factory:
Blender:
Number of reviewers: 5—– (WyldKnyght) (mdwest) (jliu) (McGreggor57) (NavyPiper)
Price: $10.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: April 2013
Contributed by: J. Fuego Cigars

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Initial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“This seems to be a very good looking and beefy stogie. The tale of the tape reveals dimensions as 5 1/2 X 54. Shape is straight and round. Head is mildly rounded and cap is centered. Color appears medium brown, but has a reddish hue to it as well. Wrapper is uniform in color with no blemishes. Seams are well done.” – (NavyPiper)

Aroma: 90

“Pretty much straight cedar with a hint of hay at the foot.”- (McGreggor57)

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First Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“To start, I got lots of grassy notes with a slight pepper flavor on the tongue. The burn was a little uneven and wavy. The draw was not bad, a little tight. There was a light wispy smoke. Nice marbled ash, seems solid so far.” – (WyldKnyght)

“I’m a little disappointed smoking the cigar during the first third. Remembering the really nice cinnamon notes in the pre-light aroma, I had hoped for some well developed baking spice type flavors to come out in the profile. While some spice notes were there, they were faint, and for the most part I just got plain, dry, tobacco. This stick isnt much of a flavor bomb.” – (mdwest)

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Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“A nice mix of allspice and cedar with a bit of heat on the retrohale when pushed. There is a nice creaminess to the flavors and the thick smoke has a wonderful chewiness to it.” – (McGreggor57)

“As I progress into the second third, tobacco flavor mellows out, and the toast slowly faded out as a nice spice/pepper mix comes in. Further into the third, the spice/pepper slowly increase in intensity. Draw remains good, ash good, burn started to get a little wave to it.” – (NavyPiper)

Final Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Last third’s flavors mimic the second thirds. Upfront non-sweet creaminess, oily slick pepper, cedar and roasted nuts. Pepper is still tickling the back of my throat, but nothing to make it 100% uncomfortable. Body still at a medium minus and strength at a medium plus.” – (jliu)

“Allspice is moving to the front as the cedar retreats a bit. Some heat is returning on the retrohale. The creaminess is disappearing, allowing some of the flavors to become fuller.” – (McGreggor57)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“Perfect draw. Need I say more?” – (jliu)

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Burn: 92

“The burn was a little uneven and wavy, but not too bad.” – (WyldKnyght)

Construction: 89

“Solid construction produced solid performance. No problems here at all.” – (mdwest)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 88

“I enjoyed this cigar, lots of flavor changes. Would have preferred a creamier thicker smoke. I would definitely smoke this cigar again.” – (WyldKnyght)

“This is a hard cigar for me to rate. It performed well, was nice looking and I didn’t find the flavors bad in any way. The problem was, that I just couldn’t find much flavor at all. I wouldnt say it’s a bad stick, maybe it just isn’t a good stick for me. Hopefully others had a better experience.” – (mdwest)

“Overall, a fair cigar. The dominant oily pepper really kills it for me. If the other flavors of cream, cedar and roasted nuts were more prominent, I would have enjoyed this cigar more. Add in sweetness, I would have scored this one a good/very good cigar. Unfortunately, this cigar will not have a place in my humidor.” – (jliu)

“The flavor changes were very subtle. With a base of cedar and allspice, the char on the first third was followed by a softer profile. The creaminess that developed in the middle was enhanced by a nice chewy smoke. The final third ended with a little harshness of flavors as the creaminess disappeared. While somewhat one dimensional, the slight changes kept it interesting.” – (McGreggor57)

“First third was OK, but I couldn’t decide on the other two thirds which I liked the best. Liked the flavor changes, and was a very pleasurable smoke. I’d definitely smoke this again.” – (NavyPiper)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 92

  • Appearance 89% 89%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 88% 88%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 92% 92%
  • Burn 92% 92%
  • Construction 89% 89%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%

Total Score - Good

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