Recently I mentioned this smoke in a review I did for a different release from this same manufacturer. Where the other stick failed miserably, the Juan Lopez Don Juan redeemed this cigar manufacturer in my eyes. Care and craftsmanship were self-evident with this limited edition robusto. I want to reinforce my previous recommendation. This smoke would satisfy most palates and is quite a bit more economical than its limited edition competition.
Sometimes you want to venture from your safety zone and try new things. Sometimes you are rewarded for your curiosity, and sometimes you regret your adventuresome ways. This experience to me was definitely the latter and not the former. To me, this stick had problems from the get-go. Just about anything that could go wrong, did… IN SPADES.
The Juan Lopez brand is definitely not among the most famous Cuban brands. This particular Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 is well aged; I purchased my box back in 2011. I tried the Seleccion No. 2 fresh out of the box then forgot about it, and wanted to see how the flavors have been enhanced by the aging process.
The Juan Lopez Maximo Swiss Regional Edition was released back in 2008 as a limited edition vitola, and last spring I was thrilled to have an opportunity to pick one up while I was visiting Switzerland.
We are happy to introduce Simon who just joined our team of reviewers. Here is his short bio:
It all started on a trip to Cuba about 6-7 years ago when I walked in a Casa Del Habanos to buy a single stick to smoke. My, then, girlfriend was on a day trip for some sort of sailing activity. I was stunned to see the variety of sizes, brands and the smell that was opulent and vivid. I ended up spending the day in the smoking lounge in the back of the Casa smoking, trying different cigars, talking and drinking with the house 'torcedor' Mr. Alfonso. I was hooked. The following years I have found my way to online communities, herf organisation as well as taking a major part in my local cigar club, The Montreal Club. I have been back to Cuba almost every year since. My latest project is a Cuban cigars pairing blog, sticksanddrinks.tumblr.com
He starts off with a review of the discontinued Juan Lopez Corona.
The Juan Lopez Corona is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2006. I picked this one up from a friend of a friend. The box code got lost in transit but it is of 2003. I have smoked a few Juan Lopez but I've got to say they are not a staple in my humidor. Hopefully, this one can change my mind and open up my humidor to a new marca.
Many thanks to Frédéric from La Casa del Habano Knokke (Belgium) for sending me these cigars for review! Check out the shop for a nice selection of Cubans.
This is another Regional Edition cigar from Benelux, and the first ever from that region that I have smoked (I tried the Fonseca later). I tasted quite a lot of Juan Lopez regionals (France, Caribbean) and most of them were just slightly above average and hardly worth the premium. Will this cigar be any better?
Many thanks to Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for sending me these rare cigars. Check out his shop for a nice selection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars.
Another addition to our collection of Cuban cigars that you can't really find reviewed online (unless you're a better Googler than me, of course), Juan Lopez Short Torpedo was released in 2008 for the Caribbean market and, so far, this is the only regional edition for that zone. A 5 x 50 short torpedo, this is definitely not the first cigar of this size that was recently released; it's a whole trend (ErdM Petit Compania, Bolivar Petit Belicoso among others) and, to be honest, I am not against it since I rather like this size. We will let the purists smoke churchills and lanceros and see what this baby has to offer.
Juan Lopez is a discreet Cuban cigar brand which was much more famous in the 1970s. It was created in 1876 by Juan Lopez Diaz and was first called La Flor de Juan Lopez. The two vitolas widely known, Seleccion No. 1 and Seleccion No. 2 were created in 1990s and they are having considerable success these days, judging by some of the reviews. I recently found a 1-year old picture and tasting notes of a Seleccion No. 2 that I didn't publish back then (they got lost on my computer) and after Jason's review of the Seleccion No. 1 I decided to revisit this cigar.