Jas Sum Kral (JSK) released the Tyrannical Buc line back in 2019. It launched in two different blends, Maduro and Connecticut. The line was designed to be a strong blend, even in the Connecticut version with both using a double ligero in the filler. For this review, we smoked the Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro Generosos.
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. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The Tyrannical Buc Maduro uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaragua Jalapa binder, and fillers include Nicaraguan Condega and Estelí as well as Pennsylvania. The cigars are rolled at Jas Sum Kral’s factory in Estelí, Tabacalera de Aragon. Both versions of the Tyrannical Buc come in boxes of 15 and the same four vitolas: Magnum 4 x 48, Generosos 5 1/2 x 40, Golem Buc 5 1/2 x 60, and Dobles 6 1/2 x 50.
Vitola: Corona Length: 5 1/2″ Ring Gauge: 40 Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa Filler: Nicaraguan Condega and Estelí, Pennsylvania Factory: Tabacalera de Aragon S.A Blender: Riste Ristevski Number of reviewers: 5 – Mickey T. (irratebass) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Quinn(quinnpins269) John A. (Bostoneo) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Price: $8.20 Age: 10 Months Release Date: April 2019 Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
Initial Impressions – Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro Generosos
“The dark brown wrapper had some rough grittiness and a fair amount of bumpy spots to it. There was a very light sheen of oil on it. While the veins and wrapper seams were visible the cigar had a very nice roll to it.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
“A slightly snug cold draw reveals notes of toasty notes paired with lighter leather while a sniff reveals aromas of damp earth, leather, and black pepper.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Flavor: 87 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“The first few puffs came with some difficulty. There seemed to be two spots where the cigar was packed very tight. The first was about two inches up from the foot. The other was closer to the cap. These made it quite difficult to really get the cigar going. Once I was able to get past the first area the cigar began to loosen up and introduce a wonderful amount of chocolate notes with hints of fresh coffee. Every so often I would get some red pepper come through on the retro-hale.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
“With the heavy earthy notes in the pre-light draw, it is not a surprise to me the cigar starts off in the medium-full range strength-wise. Cocoa, leather, and charred oak are the first notes I get, with a very heavy creaminess on the finish that makes them pleasant vs harsh. Retrohale has black pepper and a mustiness that is reminiscent of a damp basement or garage. The draw is perfect, and the burn is the same. We are off to a great start!” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Flavor: 87 Strength: Medium-Strong Body/Complexity: Medium
“Moving into the second third, the fusion of the chocolate sweetness and the coffee notes continued nicely with a bit of earthiness coming into the mix. The red pepper stuck around on the retro-hale and I did not feel that I was overpowering. At this point the draw had gotten slightly better, but not what I would consider great.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
“Moving into the second third, the profile remains a solid medium body. Creamy black pepper notes with leather and earth on the finish linger with the mouthfeel. This sample remains very tight and requires some babysitting to ensure the cigar stays lit. The flavor profile remains fairly consistent and doesn’t stray into anything outside the normal that it has provided thus far.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“The strength and dirt are staying with us into the final third. I’m hoping the cigar will have one more trick up its sleeve and leave us with a fresh/clean palate of more of that creamy goodness…….we shall see. Well, I did just get some cream, but there was some earth/dirt on the finish *shrugs* I’ll take it. Ok, it just went out right at the band….not relighting it.”-Mickey T. (irratebass)
“Espresso makes an appearance in the final part of the cigar, adding to the power of the leather, charred oak, and earth. The creaminess from earlier is gone as well, making this an almost full-bodied slap in the face. The retrohale remains unchanged and is actually much smoother than the main profile of the cigar. Burn and draw have continued to perform well.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Overall Impressions – Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro Generosos
“The draw was what I would consider snug. I did find myself rolling the cap in my fingers to try and loosen it up to make it a little easier to smoke. That did help a fair amount with it.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
“Fair, for the most part, a bit wavy at times, but self-correcting.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“The tight spots from overfilled or rolling too tightly really made for a rough start with this cigar. Once I got past the first one closer to the foot, I was able to roll the tight spot out near the cap.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 88
“Overall this was a decent stick. I wished the cigar would have stayed with its initial salt and creaminess profile, but this cigar had a mind of its own and wanted to toy with my emotions going back and forth from cream to earth and dirt while throwing in some black licorice notes as well. At one point the cigar threw all three flavors in and just blew my mind ha. I would happily smoke this again, but I am not sure if this is a box purchase for me, maybe something I would pick up in a shop to revisit.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“This was an enjoyable cigar for me. A little strong on the finish, but the start and middle parts were very memorable. On top of that, it can easily be enjoyed if time is short, and can safely be paired with coffee and tea, as well as with spiced sodas and most beers and spirits. Hopefully, more of these will find their way into my humidor.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“Construction problems aside I really enjoyed the profile of this cigar. I know these are handmade products and things happen from time to time. I would still consider trying it again in this vitola.” –Quinn (quinnpins269)
“This cigar was stifled by the tight draw that kept it from performing better in my honest opinion. The main profile of leather, green and black pepper, and other toasted notes was pleasant and never sour. Other than that, there wasn’t really much to talk about complexity-wise as it was very consistent with those flavors mentioned. Hopefully, others didn’t have the same issue I experienced and performed well for them. I’d have to try this again to get another take since it was so tight. Other than that, I can’t say I’d give this cigar another go based on this sole experience.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“This was a tasty cigar with enough changes to keep me interested. I enjoyed the spices and wood flavors and would recommend this to anyone who does not have a lot of time for a larger cigar. For me, it was a winner!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
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Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro Generosos – Blind Cigar Review
Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro Generosos
"This was an enjoyable cigar for me. A little strong on the finish, but the start and middle parts were very memorable. On top of that, it can easily be enjoyed if time is short, and can safely be paired with coffee and tea, as well as with spiced sodas and most beers and spirits. Hopefully, more of these will find their way into my humidor." -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)