Wrapper: Honduran Oscuro
Size: Gigante 6×60
Price: $6.00 Retail: $9.60
Smoking time: 1 hour
Humidor time: 5 days
Well four months later I finally smoked my second stick and after that much time in the humidor the experiance was completly different. This cigar has the same great flavor profile and the same flaws in the wrapper, but the burn this time around was perfect! I smoked this stick down until it burnt my fingers and then smoked it some more. I will update the rating to reflect how this stick performed.
Appearance and construction: 18
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 18
Purchased Price: 18
I’ve been wanting to try this cigar for some time now, but just couldn’t push the order button on the Jaguar at the near $10.00 price tag. Finally, I found a couple in my price range and here we go…
Construction: My attraction to this cigar comes from the name, which I think is a bit clever and the Jaguar head on the ring, made from smoke trails; pretty inventive if you ask me. The overall construction of this stick was great, the wrapper had only a couple very fine veins, there were some minor wrapper blemishes and no soft spots to be found, however, there was a spot just below the ring that was rock hard; hard enough to be concerned that the draw may be to tight.
Pre-light: Checking this cigar for cold aromas and taste, I found it to be a total chocolate bomb. The foot had a robust mixture of chocolate, toast and coffee, while the wrapper had a mild chocolate aroma and taste. The cold draw did end up a bit stiff, but OK and the cold draw flavor was all chocolate.
First third: Right out of the gate this stick had a big choc bang with a bit of toast and dash of black pepper thrown in. This cigar also produced a vast amount of nutty, tobacco scented smoke that quickly filled the room with a foggy haze.
Middle: I knocked the light/dark gray striped ash just as the burn, which was fairly even, reached the second third. The flavors from the first third remaind fairly steady until the final third was reached.
End: Once the nice crisp burn line reached the final third, things began to run off track rather quickly. The hard spot found during the initial inspection appears to have killed this cigar. When the burn reached the hard spot, it started swelling causing the cigar to hump up enough to split the wrapper in several places. Right after the photo to the left was taken the binder also split forcing me to ditch the final third of a great tasting cigar.
Overall: I loved the flavor, presentation and appearance of this cigar, but once again a 60 ring failed on me. I hate throwing away the final third of a great stick, so I will probably avoid them from here on out.
Appearance and construction: 17
Smoking characteristics: 17
Overall experience: 17
Purchased Price: 18