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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 | El Güegüense

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s first release, El Güegüense. For this review, I smoke the Churchill, a 7×48 cigar. This Nicaraguan puro features a Corojo 99 Jalapa wrapper, Corojo 99 Jalapa binder, and Criollo 99 and Criollo 98 Jalapa and Esteli fillers.

El Güegüense

The wrapper puts off a rich tobacco and barnyard aroma. Out of the foot, I smell fruity earth. On the cold draw, there is a slight earthy flavor. Once lit, I pick up noticeable black pepper with leather and earth. Through the nose, I pick up red pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with coffee and cocoa.

After forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find sweet earth with leather and coffee. Through the nose, I’m treated with honey and almond. The finish consists of leather with cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

El Güegüense

The second third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. Coffee dominates the draw alongside nutty earth. On the retro-hale, I get more honey with sweet toast. The finish gives me more black pepper with hickory and additional coffee. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.

El Güegüense

Two hours and ten minutes in, I finish the final third. More coffee comes through on the draw with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, spicy cedar is complimented by gingerbread. On the finish, sweet molasses pairs perfectly with hazelnut and slight black pepper. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.

El Güegüense

El Güegüense is a remarkable cigar. It starts off good and becomes great by the end. The complex flavors blend well together to create a balanced and enjoyable experience. As the cigar burns down, it just gets better and better. Construction is top notch, and the smoke is smooth and voluminous. I definitely recommend trying this one out.

A special thank you goes out to Joan for sending this one to me for review. I really appreciate it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Colmena Unico Especial by Warped Cigars

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I smoke and review La Colmena by Warped Cigars. This review will be of the Unico Especial size, which was limited to only ten thousand cigars. It comes in at 5×48 and features a tapered head and closed-off, pigtail-style foot. This cigar features an Ecuadorian Deflorada wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

La Colmena Unico Especial

The wrapper gives off a wood and coffee aroma. As the foot is closed, there are no aroma notes from the foot. On the cold draw, I find some bitter leather and earth flavor. Once lit, the draw opens up with spicy coffee, cinnamon, and leather. On the finish, I find black pepper, and through the nose, there is a toasty earth and a mild bitterness.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. Performance is stellar as the burn stays razor sharp and the stick emits huge plumes of smoke. On the draw, I pick up some cinnamon alongside a very herbal coffee and some honey. Through the nose, there is grass with lemon tea and toast. The finish is delicious with smooth, buttery leather on top of some honey graham cracker and brown sugar notes. The flavors are very Cuban-esque. Body falls in the medium-to-full range while the strength is a steady medium.

La Colmena Unico Especial

The second third finishes at fifty minutes. The draw offers me more herbal coffee with the introduction of vanilla and citrus. The retro-hale is slightly spicy with more lemon tea paired with some hay and toast. On the finish, I find tons of honey with floral toast, corn, and buttery cream. Both the strength and body are now at the medium mark.

La Colmena Unico Especial

One hour and fifteen minutes gets me to the end of the final third. On the draw, I’m delighted with a sweet earth mixed perfectly with lemon grass and toast. Through the nose, there is some leather with a perfume-like earth and some black pepper. The finish is superb with a bomb of honey and lemon on top of a vegetal cedar. There is no change to strength or body as they both finish out at the medium mark.

La Colmena Unico Especial

La Colmena is a phenomenal blend reminiscent of some of the most delectable Cuban cigars. This stick has a very high level of complexity, and the flavors melt together perfectly. I can honestly say this is one of the best cigars I’ve had this year, and I highly recommend trying it out. Even though the price is steep around the $15 mark, you won’t be disappointed!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | 1502 Emerald

It’s Stog o’Clock, and it’s 1502 time! Up for review today is the 1502 Emerald in the Toro size. This is a 6×50 box-pressed stick with very sharp corners. As with all 1502 cigars, this stick has the “cigar lock” on the foot” – a small amount of the wrapper leaf folded over the foot while still exposing some of the filler at the end of the cigar. The cigar features a Nicaraguan Corojo Habano wrapper with filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua and Mexico.

1502 Emerald

Pre-light, there is a raisin flavor on the cold draw. The wrapper gives off a sweet tobacco aroma, and the foot produces a fruity caramel smell. Once torched, the cigar gives me flavors of cinnamon and wood with black pepper spice on the finish.

The first third gets me to twenty-five minutes. On the draw, there is a musty wood with cinnamon and wet leather. Through the nose, there is creamy, buttery spice with smooth cedar. The long finish offers hay with sweet honey and a salty peanut note. Strength and body are consistent at the medium mark.

1502 Emerald

The second third finishes just under one hour. The draw gives me earthy spice with a smoked almond and cedar. The retro-hale produces more honey flavor with creamy leather and herbal grass. A bomb of honey hits me on the finish and is reminiscent of the Cohiba Siglo II. There is also cinnamon and leather on the finish. Body and strength have not changed.

The final third hits one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, there is a big mix of wood and leather with a smooth, creamy nuttiness. The retro-hale gives me a black pepper and bold leather note. The finish is still long with spicy honey, wet earth, and cinnamon. The body of the smoke jumped to the full mark on the last third with strength still at a steady medium.

1502 Emerald

Overall, this cigar performed great. It’s got wonderful flavor that works for any time of day. There is a lot of complexity without breaking the bank, and the construction is spot-on. This below-the-radar blend really hit the spot for me. I highly recommend it.

Enjoy each puff,

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

1502 Cigars


You can find participating retailers to purchase 1502Cigars by using their “Locate a Tobacconist” feature on the site. For cigars like these in Europe, you can check out Cigar World Germany. Next time you’re in the EU, stop by their lounge.