The first I had heard of Old School cigars was when La Sirena Cigars acquired them. There are two cigar lines under the Old School name: Jaxx and Stixx. We decided to review the Stixx LT first. It features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras.
Old School Cigars Jaxx LT
Size: 5.5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer
Cigars for review provided by La Sirena Cigars
Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 83 AKA “If I had them”
Surgeon’s Review – Rating 86 AKA “I’d buy a Couple”
The nose on this was barynard, hay and some faint spices. I tested the cold draw with a single v cut and decided to do an x-cut. It was still tending towards closed but ending up not being an issue. Before I lit it, I was able to get almost a peaty smoke flavor and some cinnamon.
My initial impressions were subtle pepper with aged wood. Once it settled into the first third there was some light earthy tones and at about the 5 minute mark some savoriness. I was able to get coffee on the retrohale.
The middle third was mostly comprised of the aged wood flavors.
When I got into the last third there was some medium strength pepper that came out of nowhere, with some earthy flavors chasing it.
It was an okay little stick that I would grab a couple of if I was in a B&M. It’s not strong or complex enough to fit into my personal smoking rotation but I could see these being a bit hit for someone transitioning towards the medium end of the spectrum on cigars.
Logan’s Review – Rating 80 AKA “If I had Them”
Within the first few puffs I got what tasted like when you chew an aspirin. Needless to say it was pretty rough.
There were notes of grass, hay, cream, ect. Basically, the typical flavors you get when you smoke any Connecticut. There are notes of earth and an underlying pepper which ran throughout the entire Jaxx LT. The pepper didn’t dominate the blend, but was more in the background.
It was a struggle for me to find anything redeeming about the Jaxx LT. The Jaxx LT was pretty boring. I know I am not a huge Connecticut guy to begin with, but the Jaxx LT missed the mark for me. The aspirin flavor up front was a huge turn off and the rest of the flavors were pretty straightforward.
I will give the Jaxx LT some credit; the construction was flawless and had a perfect draw. I would smoke a Jaxx LT if I was mowing the yard and had one lying around.
Rob’s Review – Rating 84 AKA “I’d buy a couple”
The Jaxx LT from Old School cigars was a mild cigar in every way that a cigar can be mild. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper was toothy, but the construction was clean. Everything about this cigar was pleasant. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was pleasant.
The flavor profile consisted of a bunch of mild flavors. There were some coffee notes in there along with some cream, mild pepper and some very subtle earth notes. There was a “thin” quality to the flavors. By that I mean the flavors were there, but there just wasn’t enough. I understand that the Jaxx LT is a mild cigar and the flavors that were present were enjoyable, but I wanted more. The retrohale was “thin” as well. Normally I’ll retro about 30% of each puff. While smoking the Jaxx LT, I retro’d 70-80% of each puff in an effort to find more flavor, but it was all for naught.
The Jaxx LT was a pleasant cigar. The construction was great and burn was spot on and the flavors were nice. I can see this being a decent cigar to smoke while hitting a few buckets at the driving range or while cooking breakfast during a camping trip and I would keep a fiver on hand for such occasions. But beyond that, I don’t see myself seeking out the Jaxx LT. I’m sure some folks will like it, but for me is simply didn’t offer enough flavor.