Blind Cigar Review: J. Fuego | Connoisseur OriginalsCigar Info

| Originals 5 x 44 size was the fourth size added to the line. It uses an Ecuadorian wrapper from Oliva Tobacco Company over a Mexican San Andrés Ligero binder and Corojo fillers from Brazil, and Nicaragua.

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.

The first three sizes were the Classique (6 x 50), Corpulent (5 x 60) and Gran Robusto (5 1/2 x 54), come in boxes of 12 and retail for $10.00 per cigar.

Blind Cigar Review: J. Fuego | Connoisseur OriginalsVital Stats:

Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 44
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Honduran Corojo
Number of reviewers: 4 (McGreggor57) (ThaGreatWazoo) (WyldKnyght) (SosaCub4Life)
Price: $4.00
Age: 1 year
Release Date: May 2013
Contributed by: J. Fuego Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: J. Fuego | Connoisseur OriginalsInitial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“Small rustic looking cigar with both ends open. It looks like a quick hand rolled cigar that is ready to smoke right off the bat.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Aroma: 91

“The wrapper had a mild sweetness, the foot smelled like mild tobacco and wood. and the dry puff tasted like wood and cardboard.” – (WyldKnyght)

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First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first couple draws on this cigar had me worried. They were very light and lacking any forward flavors. Then, the cigar opened up and became delightful. There was a nice amount of strength that formed. The profile was nutty, with a hint of cedar wood, and a nice white pepper finish.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

“So far this cigar is not bad. I was not expecting much from the looks of it. It has a nice sweetness to it and just a hint of spice. The burn had gotten way off towards the end of this 3rd.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Blind Cigar Review: J. Fuego | Connoisseur OriginalsSecond Third

Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“After a rough first third this cigars settles down a little. A mix of leather and cedar combine with background flavors of allspice and cocoa. While encouraging, the flavors never really achieve any balance.” – (McGreggor57)

“The burn was still uneven, but not bad. The nutty flavor mellowed and the smoke was fluffy.” – (WyldKnyght)

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Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The final third was just as clean and smooth as the beginning. No real changes in the complexity, but the cigar profile was very nice. A slight char built up towards the end and a little high heat came through. Not a bad finish though.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

“The last third was much the same as the 2nd. Overall mix of spice and sweet. Some nice spice on the retrohale.” – (SosaCub4Life)

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Overall Impressions

Draw: 96

“The draw was very clean and allowed a real nice amount of flavor and smoke to come through.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

Burn: 90

“The burn was nice, as well. Very clean lines. There were no real touchups or relights needed. Just torch and go.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

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Construction: 88

“Construction was pretty good. Burn was Ok, draw was good and the cigar held a very nice ash.” – (SosaCub4Life)

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

“It’s not that this cigar lacked flavor, there just wasn’t any balance to those present.The overwhelming pepper and char, combined with a metallic taste of the first third pretty much shot my palate. The middle third was OK before succumbing to a harshness at the end. I’m anxious to read the other reviews on the chance I got a bad sample.” – (McGreggor57)

“This was a really nice cigar. After the first few draws, the cigar really picked up and the flavors came through. They were rich and full flavors that had a medium body and complexity. The cigar smoked well and was very easy by just lighting and going. I was initially worried about the look of this cigar, but it smoked quite well.” – (ThaGreatWazoo)

“This cigar was the tale of two cigars, it started out really good, but had an awful finish. I would have to try it again to see if I get the same results before recommending it.” – (WyldKnyght)

“Overall this was a pretty decent cigar. I’m 99% sure it’s a J Fuego America that you can buy in a 5 pack. It’s pretty nice for a quick smoke and you don’t need a cutter or fancy lighter. It had a nice mix of sweetness and spice. If you are looking for a nice easy quick smoke… This wouldn’t be bad.” – (SosaCub4Life)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 50

  • Appearance 89% 89%
  • Aroma 91% 91%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 93% 93%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 96% 96%
  • Burn 90% 90%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%

Total Score - Very Good - 90


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