In February 2014, Jesus Fuego's social media accounts started spreading the word about the latest release from J. Fuego Cigar Company, the Americana. Named for the use of American tobacco, Fuego stated that this release would be tailored to the hardcore enthusiast who was attracted by exciting and innovative releases.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Sun Grown
Binder: Costa Rican Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo & Honduran Corojo
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Price Point: $9.00
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 86.5 AKA “Couple/5 Pack”
I actually like the band on the JFuego Americana - it isn't overly ornate, but still eye-catching. The band is a hunter green color with gold trim and lettering. The J.Fuego logo - a deep, dark, almost black green colored leaf with 'JFuego' written in gold - is in the center with 'Americana' written in gold on the bottom of the band. The cigar includes a foot band that is gold and the same deep, dark, almost black green color with 'J. Fuego Cigar Co.' written on it. The cigar itself looks the part though there is one fairly substantial pressed vein running throughout - I'll be curious if that impacts the cigar.
As I take a sniff of the foot, I'm met with a sweet wood followed by a stinging spice in the nostrils. I can't pinpoint the sweetness, but it is there. When I clip the cap and take some prelight draws, I'm met with the same flavor profile - maybe a bit more spice and some earthiness as well.
I light up the cigar and am met with a really smooth flavor profile. Flavors are very mild and primarily delivering tobacco with some earth. I expected a bit more flavor early based off the cold draw. The draw is also a bit restricted - there is smoke billowing off the cigar, but when I take a draw, it is very tight. About a half an inch in, and the draw is starting to open, and the flavors are developing as well. A draw now gives me a significant spice especially on the retrohale. After about an inch and a half, the ash falls off.
As I enter the middle, the spice is still the story, but its backed down from the overwhelming presence it had in the latter half of the first third. Now, I get a toasted nut flavor on the front that is quickly followed by the spice on the finish. A lot of complex flavors are opening up at this point - the toasted nut I mentioned above, a faint leather flavor, some earth and wood for good measure, and then the spice on the nose that is mellowing out as I continue. I'm also getting a pleasant musk flavor. I wasn't in love with the opening of this cigar, but the Americana is really hitting on all cylinders in the middle. Right in the middle, I have to relight the cigar. As I close out the middle, the flavors are still delivering. I think the musk flavor I noted previously is really more like a tea - a really pleasant flavor that I always enjoy when I encounter it. Again with just over 2" left in the cigar, I have to relight it again.
A few short puffs take me to the final third, and, again, I have to relight the cigar. I'm not quite sure what the issue is. Rob sent me this sample a few weeks ago, and it has been in my "To-Review" humidor for a bit over 2 weeks. Before that, it sat in Rob's humidor for quite some time. Construction seems fine despite some moments where the draw was a bit tight, but it keeps going out on me. The flavor profile stagnates a bit as the herbal flavors are faint, but still there. I end up smoking this to the nub, and while I enjoyed it, it didn't blow me away - if the whole cigar hit as well as the middle, I'd love this.
I dig the look of the Americana. The green and gold band sits nicely on the toothy Broadleaf wrapper. If you’ve ever wondered what a “toothy” wrapper looks like, take a look at the Americana.
Flavor: The flavors in the Americana started out big and chewy and settled into a balanced richness. There was a big pepper spice on the retrohale in the first third which gave the cigar a balanced spicy, earthy and sweet profile. With that being said, the Americana really shined in the middle portion. The richness of flavor really captured my attention. The spice on the retro mellowed considerably and I was left with a rich and smooth smoke. It was’t the most complex cigar in the world, but the flavor profile was very satisfying.
Strength: The Americana sits right in the medium strength range.
Final Thoughts: I dig it. I love a cigar that offers up bold and rich flavors, and the Americana did exactly that. As I mentioned it was’t terribly complex, but if you like a rich profile and a bit of spice, then you’ll dig the Americana as well.