J. Fuego 777 Maduro

 

9-12-12 been in humidor since 4-19-12

J. Fuego 777 Maduro Belicoso (5.5 x 54)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo

Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo, Nicaraguan Criollo

Blender: Jesus Fuego

 

thank you to MVW67 for the trade to get this cigar to me.

 

The 777 Maduro uses a Criollo wrapper that has undergone the maduro process. This, to some, may seem a strange. This is because the criollo leaf, in the Cuban tradition, is used mainly as a filler leaf. Using this leaf as a wrapper has been something that has caught on in the non-Cuban markets but putting the time into the extra process to darken the leaf and make it a maduro has not caught on. Usually a Connecticut Broadleaf is used for a maduro leaf because of the heartiness and elasticity of the leaf. The Connecticut Broadleaf can stand up to the heavy fermentation that is required to draw out the sugars and turn the leaf dark. The Criollo leaf is a bit thinner and not quite as elastic so the fermentation process has a tendency to to not survive as much, especially as wrapper leaf. This may be part of the reason that criollo is not fermented to this level often. In fact, a quick search for “ Maduro Criollo” only brings up two other cigars that have a criollo leaf that has been through the maduro process.

 

 

J. Fuego is a master roller who has blended cigars such as Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, Xikar Defiance and HC, and, of course, his own brand J. Fuego. With popular blends like that under his belt it gives the unique approach to the criollo wrapper leaf (and the cigar) a more confident feel instead of an “experimental” feel.

 

This cigar has simple presentation. The band is white with black lettering that reads “triple 777 siete maduro”. There are no frills, just a dark maduro wrapper in a belicoso format.

 

In the hand the cigar does not feel oily in any way. Most madros do. The band comes off easily. The aroma the cigar puts off is a heavy barnyard scent with a spicy feel to it. The pre-cut lick on the cap feels rough on the tongue and surprisingly still no oily feel on the lips. After a cut with my trusty Xi2 I have a draw that is slightly firm and spicy coco in nature. The closest thing I can relate the flavor to is dark chocolate spiced with cayenne pepper. With chocolate and cayenne pepper you get the chocolate flavor first and the heat comes on slowly. The cold draw on this cigar is similar but the spice is there from the get go and mild.

 

A light with my Bugatti B-1 torch lighter brings the cigar to life with sweet woody notes and a hint of spice. Through the nose there is some burn and a hint at the slightly bitter notes of coffee. As the cigar opens up the woody notes pick up a hint of spice and the sweet notes pick up a hint of refreshing earth. The finish develops a soft spice that does not overwhelm.

 

This first third has minor burn issues. One correcting light is needed.

 

The middle third has more of a grain taste to it through the nose. The sweetness has died down and so has the earthiness. The wood notes are still there but fall to the background. The flavor profile has taken a drastic turn to the roasted side. Slight coffee notes add a bit of depth to the finish.

 

The final third is much of the same overall profile. The coffee notes seem to take a larger roll but all in all no major changes occur. A few more burn issues come out but nothing that is not fixed by a quick touch up. The cigar is burning very slow and given my smoking style it has a tendency to go out if I do not pay attention to it. Re-lites do not prove detrimental to the flavor.

 

Burn to the burn

time: 2 hours 20 minutes

this time is a bit long due to re-lite factor. I smoke too slow for this cigar.

 

 

 

Burn: 8

Draw: 9

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 10

Construction: 8

Balance: 9

Feel: 9

Overall: 8.6 of 10

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~ by kuzi16 on September 12, 2012.

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