At IPCPR the first manufacturer I met the morning the trade show opened was Jesus Fuego. I was with Jerry Cruz from Stogie Review who was nice enough to take me around and introduce me to people I did not know. Well at the first stop Jesus gave me a beautiful nylon bag for the day and some cigars. Needless to say I was not expecting that. Sure I knew manufacturers gave out samples but I was going to the show to introduce myself to people who have been good to me since the site started. I was rather taken back by the generosity of people and it caused me to respond a lot, “I’m blown away!” to which Jerry Cruz has not let me live down to this day. Anyway, I was out of my element as the show was so much bigger then I expected, but I am looking forward to going back this year..
I decided to rotate my single stick humidor today and see what was on the bottom that I needed to smoke to constitute 3 cigars for a review. Well the other day Jesus Fuego joined the twitter community so I figured I would kiss some ass smoke one of his cigars in honor of his joining the community. The J. Fuego website calls the Natural, “A creamy cigar with a perfect balance, sweet and spicy. Medium bodied smoke.” Let’s see if this cigar leaves me feeling blown away!
Cigar: J. Fuego Natural
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Nicaragua Shade Grown Criollo
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Facebook: Jesus Fuego
Appearance and Construction: Before I looked up the components of tobacco used in the J. Fuego Natural the color was very different to me. It didn’t look the right shade for a “Natural” cigar. Right or wrong this is what I was telling myself. The tan color wrapper has minimal veins and is rolled well. There are some minimal oils visible the band of white, brown and gold provides a nice contrast against the wrapper. The cigar feels slightly off balance in the roll with more weight at the cap. Upon inspecition there are some valleys in the roll, but this could be due to the fact it was under 250 sticks.
Flavor & Notes : The foot of the cigar has some sweet tobacco notes to the nose and once the cap is clipped the draw serves up some notes of caramel and earth. Once the cigar is lit there are subtle notes of spice and a hearty wood. As we continue down the first third the cigar has a nice balance of spice, pepper, wood, and a subtle butterscotch. The second third continues with notes of wood and a buttery richness as the spice begins to fade and the sweetness begins to take hold. As the cigar transitions into the final third a nutty note slowly develops with continued wood rounding out this enjoyable cigar.
Smoking Characteristics: It seems like lately this part of the review has become a broken record. Clean, Crisp burn line with a medium to dark color ash that holds on strong. The draw offered some resistance and the cigar produced an adequate amount of smoke. There was a nice aroma present as well.
Conclusion: The J. Fuego Natural is a good traditional cigar with a nice flavor profile and complexity. While the cigar didn’t blow me away it left me extremely fulfilled and in my book that is the sign of a very good cigar.
Disclaimer: We bought these cigars so no disclaimer today.