Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : 2/3 Nicaraguan Corojo and 1/3 Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Corojo
Price : ~$4-5 each
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This is my review of the J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto (5x50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.
A combination of peppery spice notes with some hints of earth and fruit. A really interesting nose on this cigar which has me eager to light up.
There are two lumps near the cap, but this is a standout from the other 4 sticks I have so I’m marking it as a one off. It has a rich oily dark wrapper. There are flat veins that wind throughout and there are no lumps or other imperfections to be found.
There are quite a lot of flavors going on in this first third. The strongest flavor coming through is a leathery and earthy combination, along with a rich nut taste and then some dried fruit to round it out. The dried fruit has a raisin taste to it, the earth has a peaty undertone. There are hints of spice on each draw but it doesn’t linger at all. As I progress into the 1st third the earth flavor increases in intensity.
Moving into the 2nd third the spice that was only a hint previously picks up nicely as the earth drops in intensity. You’re left with earth and spice playing off of each other with just the faintest hint of an oaky backdrop. There are a few draws of bitterness in the middle of the second third but they quickly disappear.
The spice from the 2nd third drops off and you’re left with a nice mild balance of nuts, wood and earth: a smooth finish.
Burn / Draw :
I initially had some issues toasting and lighting, but it could be as a result of the humidity and altitude. I’ll have to revisit the stick in a few weeks to see if it was just a one off. I had no stalling issues throughout the smoke, and the draw was exactly where I would want it to be.
Overall smoking time was a leisurely hour and 45 minutes.
I picked these up as a 5 pack for $16.95, which worked out to approximately $3.40 a stick. I went looking for Robusto boxes and they can typically be found for under $100 for a box of 21 cigars. Any time you can get this type of complex flavors for under $5 you’ve hit the jackpot in the flavor department.
Overall Rating : < 18.5/25 || 74%* >
I’ll revisit this review in the next few weeks to see if the burn issues I encountered were an isolated incident. If you set that aside, you have a fantastic stick on your hand. The flavors are complex without being intense, and even in the 2nd third when the spice picks up, it’s not overwhelming.
Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado or just starting out, I think the J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto would be a fantastic choice.
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