As I said in my first review of a Jeremy Jack cigar last year, when I get my hands on a new brand and it inspires me, I like to tell the whole world about it. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the another Jeremy Jack Cigars blend, the JJ14. Don’t you just love the simplistic naming approach for these cigars? JJ14, JJ23, JJ15….
I already reviewed the JJ23, JJ15, the Libelula, and the El Chapo. So let’s talk about the Jeremy Jack JJ14 which is probably the lightest of the blends in the company’s portfolio that was presented at last years IPCPR. You can read more about this company, in the other reviews we did on their different blends, here on Stogie Press.
Jeremy Jack Cigars describes the JJ14 Blend as four Nicaraguan Aganorsa Leaf Tobaccos from both Esteli and Jalapa Valley:
- Wrapper -Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder – Nicaragua
- Filler – Nicaragua
They are available in 3 vitolas and come packaged in 20-count boxes
- Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) – MSRP $7.50
- Robusto (5 1/4 x 54) – MSRP $8.80
- Toro (6 1/2 x 52) – MSRP $9.00
For this review I sampled the Jeremy Jack JJ14 Corona Gorda which I received at last years IPCPR.
The Jeremy Jack JJ14 appears to be a well constructed cigar from the look of the silky smooth, medium tan, Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that was light on veins with a solid feel and weight in the hand. An expertly applied triple cap finishes the construction perfectly.
There is only one band on this cigar which uses a white, black, and ruby-red motif. Basically it represents the Jeremy Jack logo in red on the white background which is the same as the band on the JJ15 and JJ23. The production cigars also have a black footer band that declares the blend and in this case it would state JJ14 , but it was not on the sample I received from the company at the IPCPR.
Running through the old sniff test, I picked up notes of sweet hay and fruit off the foot (nicely aged for sure) but not much along barrel.
Once I sliced the cap the cold draw had a restricted flow with notes of cocoa and pepper gracing the palate.
Being a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped cigar, I used a soft flame from a stick match to gentle warm the foot and get the journey started. I feel if you used a torch to ignite, it may have done a little damage to the wrapper.
Cigar Review Notes
- White pepper hits my throat and opens the nasals on the first puffs
- Thick creamy smoke
- Light grey ash develops on a medium and even char line
- Vanilla seems to break through first along with an oak flavor
- Butter enters as the pepper continues to tone down
- Cinnamon Spice enters just adding to the pleasure
- Beautiful solid ash is developing
- Slight oily sheen begins to show on the wrapper just above the burn line
- Flavors are well blended early on
- Ash fell after about a third of the burn
- Centered slightly pointed burn cone is revealed
- A slight peppery burn on the lips maintains
- Woody aroma fills the air around me
- Cocoa powder enters with a soft cedar note in the background
- Flavors maintain cocoa and cinnamon with an added nut
- Sweetness enters as the pepper only lingers on the retro-hale
- Cocoa powder become more prevalent near the end of second third
- Finishes with a natural sweetness laced with cocoa and nut
- Light to Medium in Strength
- Total Smoking time was just north of 1 hour.
Overall, the Jeremy Jack JJ14 was a pleasant morning smoke to get the day started. It was filled with flavor transitions that kept the palate enticed down to the nub. The burn was outstanding with a solid ash and a cool smoke. This is most certainly a cigar that both experienced and novice cigar smokers would enjoy and the price is right in the middle of the average wheelhouse of cigar smokers. Personally, I liked this particular vitola to represent the blend.