Brand: Jeremy Jack
Size: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan Aganorsa Leaf Tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa Valley
Filler: Nicaraguan Aganorsa Leaf Tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa Valley
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Jeremy Jack Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The wrapper appeared to be very smooth with tightly pressed veins and it was a very light tan color. The prelight draw had a sweet grassy quality with a touch of some musty hay and a little bit of black pepper. The resistance on the draw was just where I tend to like it (not too loose but not too tight, while retaining some resistance).
After lighting the cigar the initial flavor was a very a strong black pepper spice. This really surprised me because it’s not what I expected at all, and it was strong enough that I could not really detect any other specific flavor notes until the spice started to subside. After about half an inch the black pepper spice mellowed significantly and lighter wood flavors along with a honey type of sweetness started to emerge in the flavor profile. The wood flavors were a mix of cedar and a beachwood type of quality.
The woody flavors continued in the second third and the sweetness started to fade, giving way to a bready type of flavor along with some baking spices. These bready and baking spice flavors really dominated the flavor profile of the second third, pushing the wood notes into the background, and the sweetness from earlier was not registering anymore. The woody flavors were most noticeable on the finish during the second third.
In the final third it was difficult to distinguish specific flavors. It was like the bready and wood flavors became mixed together and took on an earthy quality in a way that gave the overall profile a grittiness. This remained the case until the cigar came to an end.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour and 25 minutes
I want to try more of these and see if the flavors in the final third get less muddied. I only smoked one cigar for this review, so it could have just been this particular cigar, or it could have needed a little more rest. Either way, I’m eager to try some more and I really enjoyed the first two thirds. This cigar follows the current trend of offering more strength, flavor, and complexity than the more traditional connecticut wrapper style cigars of the past. I’m not sure if it was just me and the timing of smoking this, but this cigar had a sneaky strength that I was not expecting; I’d call the overall strength a medium plus. The flavor profile started in the full range and then quickly dialed down to medium for the remainder of the cigar. I think this cigar would be a good late morning or early afternoon smoke with some coffee, and I also think it would work well with rum.
Jason’s rating: 88 (AKA “Five Pack”)