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Cigar Review | Jas Sum Kral Rudy’s Exclusive 2019

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Jas Sum Kral Rudy’s Exclusive for 2019. This cigar is a limited extension to the original Zlatno Sonce blend, and it comes in the same size as the previous JSK Rudy’s Exclusive – a box pressed 6 ½ x 42. The cigar retail for $13 and comes packed in boxes of 10. Production is limited to 100 boxes and sold only at Rudy’s Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Jas Sum Kral Rudy's Exclusive 2019

Blend

The blend on the Rudy’s Exclusive 2019 features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, but the tobaccos within remain a mystery. Riste Ristevski, owner of the company, has acknowledged the presence of ligero and corojo, but no other details have been released.

Jas Sum Kral Rudy's Exclusive 2019

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up spicy white pepper with nutty cedar and leather. Through the nose, peanuts blend with spicy cedar. The finish offers up earthy hay on top of spicy honey and white pepper. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Jas Sum Kral Rudy's Exclusive 2019

Second Third

The second third finishes around one hour. I find citrus notes complemented by nutmeg and leather. On the retro-hale, flavors remain consistent with the addition of toast. The finish displays damp earth and white pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Jas Sum Kral Rudy's Exclusive 2019

Last Third

An hour and a half into the cigar, the final third rolls to a stop. There is more citrus and nutmeg dominating the draw. Through the nose, sweet toast pairs well with white pepper. On the finish, I pick up bitter earth with more white pepper and a subtle hint of caramel. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Jas Sum Kral Rudy's Exclusive 2019

Final Thoughts

The Jas Sum Kral Rudy’s Exclusive 2019 is a good cigar. It’s reminiscent of the original Zlatno Sonce with that signature punch the original powerhouse Connecticut delivered so well. Flavors are enjoyable with solid complexity keeping it interesting, and presentation is beautiful.

My only complaint about this cigar would be the snug draw. Throughout, I had to pull the smoke harder than I personally prefer. I’ve smoked almost a box of these with varying levels of draw resistance, so it seems some of these may have simply been rolled a little tight. However, the draw issue is minor enough to be tolerable, and it’s a tasty cigar I’d recommend trying if you can find it.  

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM in the Belicoso Fino size. This 5 ½ x 52 box-pressed cigar was created to celebrate Southern Draw’s fifth anniversary. This initial run is limited to 2,500 bundles of 10.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Kudzu LUSTRUM features a Nicaraguan Medio Tiempo Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Retail price is set at $11.89, and the cigars are packed in camouflage paper bundles.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. The cold draw gives me flavors similar to the pre-light aroma. Once lit, there is rich leather and earth with saltiness on the draw. Leather and cocoa come through the nose. Heavy smoke output and a perfect draw are notable. The finish brings saltiness through with coffee and earth.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

First Third

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, oak and leather coat my palate. Through the nose, I pick up nutty toast with black pepper. The finish offers up rich cocoa and coffee. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Second Third

The second third gets me to one hour. Salty earth and citrus complements continued oak. On the retro-hale, I taste what I can only describe as a delicious spicy sourdough loaf. There is more cocoa on the finish with dried cherry and leather. Strength and body remain medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Third…Third

An hour and a half into this gem, my final puffs wisp away. On the draw, there is buttery toast with black pepper and more citrus. Through the nose, more spicy sourdough notes pair well with dark coffee. I find no distinguishable changes to the finish, and strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Final Thoughts

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino is a phenomenal cigar. The depth of flavors on this cigar are where it really shines. It’s not the most complex smoke, but the notes coming through are rich and full. It begs to keep being smoked, and it’s one of those cigars you simply itch to have again. I’m inclined to say this is now the crown jewel of the Southern Draw portfolio, and I highly recommend you get a bundle or two before they disappear.

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM was my #4 cigar of 2019. Check out my entire top 25 list of the best cigars of the year here.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the newest JSK cigars. The Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano is one of the first CBD-infused cigars on the market. It comes in one size – 4 ½ x 48 – and retails for $12. Each cigar is infused with 20 mg of hemp-derived CBD. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

Pre-light, the wrapper gives off dried fruit flavor. The wrapper produces a potent damp hay aroma, while I smell the same out of the foot. Once lit, I taste slight vanilla and white pepper. Through the nose, there is a hint of sweet cocoa and vanilla. There is a mild white pepper on the finish.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up citrus with cedar. Through the nose, vanilla blends with white pepper. The finish offers plum and brown sugar alongside a hint of leather. Strength and body settle in at medium.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find oak, grassy earth, and white pepper on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no significant changes. More plum comes through on the finish with added leather. Strength and body remain at medium.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

The final third ends around one hour and five minutes. On the draw, the flavors remain the same. Through the nose, white pepper takes over with extra spice. There is further white pepper on the finish with leather and cedar. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.

Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano

The Jas Sum Kral Nuggs Habano is a solid smoke. The effects of the CBD will be hard to determine without continuous use for at least a few weeks, but the cigar in its own right stands tall. The flavors are on point working together and keeping it interesting. Construction is top-notch. Price is a little high, but real CBD products do have added expense. Overall, the JSK Nuggs is another highly recommended hit from this rapidly-growing boutique brand. And no, it doesn’t taste like weed.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony The Gent in the Robusto size. This box-pressed 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.50. It features an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper with a binder from the United States and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The cold draw produces a slight oak flavor. The wrapper gives off a chocolatey leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit. Once lit, I pick up white pepper and cedar on the draw. Vanilla and cinnamon come through on the retro-hale. The finish hits me with light black pepper and some coffee.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

Thirty minutes in, the first third finishes. On the draw, I pick up some white pepper with brown sugar and coffee. Through the nose, mint blends with cinnamon and vanilla. The finish lingers with spicy nutmeg, toast, and prune. Strength and body settles in at a stout medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The second third gets me to one hour. I find more white pepper on the draw with leather and floral notes. The retro-hale consists of cinnamon and toast. On the finish, there is more spicy nutmeg with black pepper and ginger. I see no change to strength and body.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The final third closes out at an hour and a half. On the draw, white pepper gives depth to citrus and more floral notes. Through the nose, my sinuses are blasted with bombs of black pepper and cinnamon. The finish offers black pepper with char and earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto is an excellent cigar blend that offers great complexity and flavor. Construction is top-notch with a smooth draw and plentiful smoke. The flavors on this thing really work well together, and I enjoyed every last puff. Cornelius & Anthony continues to put out quality cigars. This cigar ranked as my #13 cigar of 2018, and I highly recommend trying it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Patina Habano Bronze

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Patina Habano in the Bronze size. This 6 x 52 Toro features a blotchy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. It retails for $11.95.

Patina Habano Bronze

The cold draw is snug with wheat flavor coming through. The wrapper puts out a sweet leather aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. The first light hits me with sour earth alongside cinnamon. Through the nose, there is more cinnamon and some cedar. The finish gives me spicy red pepper, cinnamon, and leather.

Patina Habano Bronze

The first third closes out at thirty minutes. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sweet citrus and leather. Through the nose, I find notes of mild black pepper and toast. The finish offers me a sweet nuttiness with caramel and white pepper. Strength settles in at a medium while body is full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The second third wraps up right around one hour. The draw gives me spicy black pepper and caramel. On the retro-hale, I pick up cedar alongside musty, damp earth. There is no change to the finish with more nutty caramel and white pepper. Both strength and body balance out to medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The final third ends at an hour and a half. Citrus returns to the draw with more black pepper and cedar notes. Through the nose, toast and cedar dominate. There is a leather bomb on the finish with slight caramel and more white pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Patina Habano Bronze

The Patina Habano is an excellent cigar. It offers a good amount of complexity with a balance of spicy and sweet fleeting in and out of the smoke. The cigar I smoked for this review was a bit snug on the draw, but I’ve smoked a number of these with no issues. The ash on every Patina cigar I’ve had always held some seriously impressive length, and this cigar was no exception. It’s a great blend I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Espinosa Reggae Dread

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Espinosa Reggae Dread. This stout cigar comes in at a hefty 6 x 56 and displays little stringy “dreads” out of the cap. It is an extension to the regular Reggae line and features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The cigar retails for $12.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The wrapper produces an earthy barnyard aroma, while I smell cedar out of the foot. The cold draw offers me cedar as well. Once lit, I get some cinnamon with light cedar and earth. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa. The finish gives me light white pepper and cinnamon.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cinnamon, toast, and black pepper. Through the nose, a nuttiness blends with floral notes. The finish hits me with sweet caramel on top of white pepper and citrus. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The second third gets me to one hour. More black pepper and cinnamon take over the draw. On the retro-hale, I get a blend of toast and almond. The final third offers up notes of gingerbread alongside white pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The final third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. I find citrus on the draw with meaty earth and some black pepper. Through the nose, a sweet nuttiness takes over with notes of wheat. The finish is dominated by white pepper alongside undertones of floral notes and toast. Strength and body finish out at a medium plus.

Espinosa Reggae Dread

The Espinosa Reggae Dread is a wonderful cigar with lots of great flavors. There is a solid amount of complexity with smooth smoke. Construction was pretty good on the sample I reviewed, though I did have a bit of a wrapper explosion towards the end of the cigar. That wasn’t a big issue, and I’ve not had issues with any others I’ve smoked. I highly recommend giving this one a go. It’s a unique treat!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out the MBombay Corojo Oscuro in the Robusto size. This 4.5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper on top of an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. As with most MBombay cigars, it displays a giant ornate band. It retails for around $7.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

The wrapper produces a damp leather aroma while I smell rich dried cherries out of the foot. On the cold draw, I find light cherry flavor. Once lit, cedar comes through with cinnamon and grassy hay. Through the nose, I get more cinnamon and graham cracker. The finish hits me with even more cinnamon and rich earth.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

Fifteen minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up toast with cinnamon and citrus. Through the nose, buttery toast blends with cedar. The finish offers cashew with gingerbread and coffee. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

The second third gets me to thirty-five minutes. There is no change to the draw, and I have no problem with that. On the retro-hale, black pepper replaces toast to pair with cedar. The finish sees more black pepper with charred cashew and coffee. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto

Fifty-five minutes in, the final third comes to an end. More cinnamon hits my tongue on the draw with coffee and earth. The flavors through the nose remain the same. I find more black pepper on the finish alongside smoky earth and leather. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The MBombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto packs quite a lot of flavor into such a small cigar. It has a great amount of complexity with very enjoyable flavors that work well together. Construction is perfect. I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)