While at IPCPR this year we sat down with Terry and had a chat while smoking one of these T.L. Johnson Legend Reserve 63 cigars. I honestly did not smoke many of the cigars I received at the show, at the show, because I wanted to be able to enjoy them on a clean palate when I got home. Even so, the Legend Reserve 63 still made an impression. I remembered how the spice increased a bit more every third and that it was full of flavors. So, I was excited to get my hands on another one, and be able to spend some time dissecting it.
The first thing I noticed about the T.L. Johnson Legend Reserve 63 Maduro was the smell that was coming off of it. It was a very noticeable and distinct note, that I have not gotten off any other cigar, dipping tobacco (i.e. Copenhagen). It was actually very pleasant. The cold draw was the same and gave my mouth a similar feeling as taking a big whiff out of a freshly opened can of Copenhagen.
I used my punch to open Legend Reserve 63 for the cold draw mentioned above, and was surprised to have the cap come off in my mouth. It was a clean cut, and the only time I ever have that happen is with a bad cut from a guillotine. None the less, the head of the cigar was otherwise very well rolled and I never had ANY problems from this. The entire cigar stayed put till the end. Once lit, the first couple puffs were pretty sweet and very smooth! The smoke production was extremely thick and white. By about the third puff a bit of spice starts to appear as a tingle on the inside of my lips. I'm getting a slight leather taste with cedar and nutty notes. Nothing too bold at the moment, but it is a VERY nice and clean mouth feel.
The ash held on right up to the second third, about one inch, and was nicely formed. The spice picks up a lot on the retrohale and the overall profile is getting much fuller. It is still nice and smooth with mainly nutty and wood notes. There is also a small amount of earthiness peaking in and out. Somehow, the smoke has gotten even thicker and I am really enjoying it.
As the T.L. Johnson Legend Reserve 63 starts the final third, I start to pick up muted notes of chocolate and some earthiness. But as I get further along the chocolate really starts to ramp up! A dark chocolate flavor becomes very prominent, all but covering up anything else. Very tasty!
The T.L. Johnson Legend Reserve 63 Maduro was a medium body, full flavored cigar, all but the first quarter inch. The burn was perfect. Straight as an arrow and never needed any touchups or relights. And, I will mention again that the head of the cigar held together perfectly, even without the cap. A very good looking cigar, that completely delivered on flavor. Getting increasingly complex and strong as it burns.
Filler: Peru Ligero and Nicaraguan Habano Seco
Size: 5 x 50