Brand: Jas Sum Kral
Line: Tyrannical Buc Connecticut
Size: Generosos (5.5 x 40)
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega, Estelí) and Pennsylvania
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for this review were provided by: Purchased from Cigar Federation Store
Quick note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The wrapper had a golden hue to it but was a little darker compared to some other connecticut shade wrapped cigars that it was sitting next to in my humidor. The wrapper had a smooth appearance without any obvious flaws. The prelight draw had some sweetness, a grassy quality, a touch of pepper spice, along with some wood notes. The resistance on the prelight draw was right where I like it; some resistance but not too much.
The initial puffs brought a solid amount of black pepper spice with wood and heavy cream flavors. As the first third progresses some sweetness started to enter the flavor profile too. The wood and cream flavors were really thick on the palate, accented by that black pepper spice and sweetness. There was also a coffee flavor and an earthy quality that was on the lighter side of earthyness (hopefully that makes sense).
Going into the second third that earthy quality ramped up a bit while the wood and cream flavors remained a major part of the overall flavor profile. The spice remained present but is was more of an accent at this point compared to the first third. The sweet note continued and was a nice accent to the creamyness during retrohales. I also started to notice some bread and baking spice flavors in the second third.
I didn’t notice a flavor transition going into the final third but don’t see that as a negative in any way. At this point I was really enjoying the overall flavor profile. The wood and cream notes accented the core bread and earthy qualities, along with some black pepper spice to round out the overall flavor profile. Toward the end baking spice and bread flavors really ramp up but the cigar never became bitter or developed negative characteristics.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour 25 minutes
Throughout my smoking experiences I didn't encounter any construction issues. The burn line was wavy at times but always self corrected and combustion remained consistent throughout the cigar. Overall I would describe this cigar as being full flavored with medium to full body. This is obviously not a traditional Connecticut and I think it manages to do that in a unique way. Instead of spice being the primary differentiator, the overall profile was very thick and heavy, like a chowder, and that is not something I’ve experienced in many Connecticut shade wrapped cigars. I look forward to smoking more of these and trying them with different types of pairings.
Jason’s Score: 93 (AKA Box Split)