The Judge by J. Fuego Blind Justice Maduro

The Judge By J Fuego Blind Justice

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler : "4-nation longfiller"
Binder : Unknown
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Today we are bringing you a short guest review by El Cigar Newbie, who recently launched his blog at 4madur0.wordpress.com. Enjoy!

My much awaited 10Pk of The Judge by J Fuego Blind Justice Maduro, was delivered today from famous-smoke.com @ $39.99.

Right out of the bubble wrap I took one out of the cellophane wrapper and lit up. I will take a moment to provide a little background, for those of us who are new to J. Fuego cigars, like me!

"The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and making cigars for five generations. Established in 1876, J Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company in "El Corojo" farm, Cuba. In 1995, the family moved to Central America and in 2006, after years growing, blending and producing cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched "Tobacos S.A." with the release of the "J Fuego brand..." (jfuego.com).

The Judge cigars are brand new exclusives you can only find at Famous-Smoke Shop. The blend was crafted by no other than Jesus Fuego.

The Mata Fina is named after where it is grown, is a reference to one of the four major growing zones in Brazil.

This cigar is GOOD! Such a smooth draw, even burn and stayed that way to the end, consistent full tobacco flavor with a medium body of taste and aroma. The Judge Blind Justice is not finished with me yet! That's just a sample of what this cigar will smoke like after some time in my humidor! My first J. Fuego cigar and it was a purchase well worth making.

Habanos S.A. to Debut New Extra Aged Cigars: Anejados

Habanos Anejados

Last month came the amazing news from the White House that America is going to normalize relations with Cuba. This is great news for cigar smokers, who can now look forward to legally bringing cigars home with them to the states. Now there’s something else to look forward to from Cuba, and that’s the news that Habanos S.A. will debut two vitolas in the first quarter of 2015 in their new "Añejados" line. Añejados cigars have been aged in Cuba, in perfect conditions of preservation, for a minimum of five years.

Montecristo Churchill Anejado

The two new vitolas will be the 155 mm x 52 Romeo y Julieta Píramides Añejados and the 178 mm x 47 Montecristo Churchills Añejados. Both cigars will come in boxes of 25 stamped with the Añejados sticker as well as the month and year of manufacture and the word “Revisado.” This translates to “checked,” as a measure of quality control. What will they be like? Habanos S.A. has stated in a press release that the aging process will give these vitolas a “rounder and mellower” flavor than the others in the Añejados line. The cedar boxes they have been aged in will contribute a wood note. These same boxes are the ones the cigars will be sold and distributed in, with the artwork printed on fresh before shipping. The pricing for these cigars has yet to be announced.

Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados

2014 Blog Highlights: Summer

In the "Blog Highlights" series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2014. Enjoy.

Best Airport Duty Free Cigar Shops

Duty Free Airport Cigar Shops

In July, we published a list of our favorite airport duty free cigar shops. Don't forget to check that article's comments area for even more suggestions.

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe is one of the best Cuban cigars I smoked in 2014. Check out the review here.

How to Fight Cigar Beetles?

What are cigar beetles?

Cigar beetles, what can be worse than that? Here's a guide on how to deal with them efficiently.

Punch Serie d’Oro No. 2 (2013 Limited Edition)

Punch Serie d'Oro No. 2 (2013 Limited Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Pyramid
Size : 140 x 20 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Release : 2013
Hand-Made
Price : 14 EUR each
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The Punch Serie d'Oro 2013 Edicion Limitada was a highly anticipated release from Habanos S.A. As usual, the wrappers for this limited edition come from tapado (shade-grown) leaves, which is the reason why they have such a dark and oily appearance. The tobacco used in these cigars was aged for two years. Again, no surprises here. What's quite surprising on the other hand is that this is the first ever Edicion Limitada from Punch (the Serie d'Oro No. 1 was a regional edition for the UK that we reviewed... five years ago! this makes me feel old) — and as with any Edicion Limitada, my expectations are high.

Read the full review of Punch Serie d’Oro No. 2 (2013 Limited Edition)...

Tatuaje Havana VI Victorias

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TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Especial
Size : 6 x 38
Wrapper : Habano Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Tatuaje Havana VI line is another solid production from Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia. Said to be more mellow and medium bodied than the brown label, the Havana VI line is comprised of eight different vitolas: Hermosos – 5 5/8 x 46, Angeles – 4 5/8 x 42, Victorias 6 x 38, Artistas – 6 1/8 x 52 (reviewed here), Nobles – 5 x 50 (reviewed here), Almirantes – 7 x 47, Gorditos – 5 ½ x 56, Verocu No.5 – 4 x 40.

Out of the entire Havana VI line, the only other sizes I’ve tried are the Almirantes (Churchill), which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was certainly excited to have the chance to sample a smaller vitola (Corona Especial), so let's see how it went.

Read the full review of Tatuaje Havana VI Victorias...

Vegueros Mananitas

Vegueros Mananitas

VeguerosOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Belicoso
Size : 102 x 18 mm (4 x 46)
Ring : 46
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-6 each
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Recently we posted about the revitalization of the famous Vegueros brand, which dates back to 1961, and which was discontinued in 2012. Vegueros was one of the best-known Habanos SA brands, especially after they started exporting in 1997. Previously there were four vitolas in their line: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Seoane, and Mareva. Vegueros recently started up production again with three new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas. They’ve also done a complete makeover of their image, redesigning their logo, bands, and packaging. I picked up the Mañanitas, which is a Petit Figurado measuring 4 inches for a mere $6.

Read the full review of Vegueros Mananitas...

2014 Blog Highlights: Spring

In the "Blog Highlights" series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2014. Enjoy.

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Following one of our reader's question, we published a guide to buying your first humidor. Type, material, size, cost - we've covered all of these aspects.

Kayla's Cigar Reviews

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

It's not that often that we host a female cigar reviewer, so Kayla's guest reviews turned out to be a great addition to the site. Among other cigars, she reviewed the Gran Habano Cabinet, the Ortega Serie D Maduro and La Herencia Cubana Core.

Cuban Reviews and Top Cigar Books

Montecristo Petit No. 2

We reviewed two short Cuban cigars, the Montecristo Petit No. 2 and the H. Upmann Half Corona. Both fared really well in our tests.

And, last but not least, we updated our selection of the best cigar books. Check it out!

Bourbon Review: Angel’s Envy

Angel's Envy Bourbon

Last month I reviewed a bourbon by Jim Beam called “Devil’s Cut” Kentucky Straight Bourbon. I thought I’d stick with the theme and review Angel’s Envy Bourbon, which hit the market the same year. Angel’s Envy is brewed by Lincoln Henderson, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. This whisky is aged for five years in the rickhouse, and then spends another six months aging in a port barrel. A couple other versions have since been released, including Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon and Angel’s Envy Rye Whisky.

Angel’s Envy sells in an eye-catching bottle with a sleek shape designed to complement the drawing of angel’s wings adorning the front. The liquid inside is a warm, bright golden color which is immediately inviting. When I open the bottle, I detect vanilla with a maple syrup sweetness. There is also a toasted scent lingering in the backdrop, maybe toasted nuts.

Taking a sip, I pick up the vanilla first and foremost. What I thought was maple may actually be caramel or toffee, but I’m not really sure. There is also something fruity, which may be raisin or something in that vein. This note along with the vanilla definitely come from the six months aging in the port casks. There’s a subtle hint of spice as well. One thing I really love about this bourbon is that it isn’t harsh or astringent in any way. There’s almost no detectable burn at all. It’s just incredibly smooth and pleasant. The finish is long and dry, with the raisin and vanilla lingering on the palate.

At around $40, this isn’t the cheapest bourbon around, but it’s definitely in an affordable price range, particularly for the excellent quality you’re getting. Because it’s such a smooth drink, I can see why this whisky has such widespread appeal. It was an instant classic the year it came out, and remains very popular. If you enjoy port flavors, you won’t want to miss this one.

Summary: Angel's Envy Bourbon

Colour: Warm, bright gold.

Nose: Vanilla, maple, toasted nuts.

Palate: Vanilla, raisins, caramel, spices. Classic port flavors, no harshness.

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