Had the opportunity to procure a box of this in a private sale. I have always heard that the Juan Lopez marca ages gracefully and have some flavours that I tend to enjoy. A friend of mine swears by them and is always on the hunt for them. Looking forward to seeing how these are.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The wrapper is a light, golden brown. Aromas of floral, earth and leather emanate from the wrapper. Very smooth wrapper; looks fairly fragile.
A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to roll.
The draw is perfect. Nice airflow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours on the cold draw are floral notes, citrus and earth
Time to take this to the flame…..
Nice combination of floral notes, earth with a touch of citrus. Fairly delicate flavour profile. Nicely balanced. Strength is at a medium level. Roasted nuts start to come into focus; playing around; trying to find its place in the overall flavour profile. Adds a nice dimension; fairly rich
Retrohale brings a more prominent note of roasted nuts with a touch of floral notes
Draw, burn, and smoke production are fantastic. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ light grey.
The after finish is a decent length. Very focused on the roasted nuts now, followed by earth and floral notes. Very balanced; no harshness; smooth with a nice level of complexity.
Expresso has come into play, combining with roasted nuts, floral notes, molasses and earth; beautiful flavour profile
Retrohale emphasizes the roasted nuts, molasses and floral notes. Very sleek and refined. Gentle as it moves through the nasal passages.
After finish is nicely balanced. Good contrast in flavours. The heaviness of the earth and roasted nuts are beautifully offset by the floral notes and molasses. Flavours mesh well with the strength. Everything is firing on all cylinders.
Expresso more pronounced now, bringing the flavour profile into a more deeper, heavier environment. Roasted nuts and molasses trying to adapt; floral notes start to fade into the background. Strength continues to be at a medium level. Richer, fuller now. More louder on the palate.
Retrohale brings expresso and roasted nuts. Floral notes and molasses have decided to allow them to be front and centre. Stronger as it moves through the nasal passages.
After finish is gaining in strength and power. More incremental than extreme. A gentle build up so to speak. Expresso is the focus followed by earth, leather and roasted nuts. A more assertive flavour profile now. Richer and robust. A final flex before we reach the end. Floral notes and molasses are gone, making way for the heavy hitters. Distinct change in flavour profile. More muscular and powerful.
A beautifully aged cigar. Coming into its own. I like the combination of flavours, the slow build up in strength as well as the evolution of the flavours on the palate. Very interesting as the progression of flavours slowly changed up to fully transform itself by the final thind. I can see why this cigar has a cult following and is so desirable by cigar smokers.