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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 | RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the newest cigars from RoMa Craft Tobac. The RoMa Craft Baka has stirred up quite a buzz in the cigar community, and the first release flew off shelves like hotcakes.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

The initial allotment for retailers was limited to a single vitola, a 4 x 52 parejo dubbed Bantu. It retails for $9.95. Most retailers only received a few boxes to start, but additional sizes will be added in limited quantities.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

First Third

Fifteen minutes in, I finish the first third. The draw offers me cinnamon and leather with notes of earth. Through the nose, I find light caramel melting with brown sugar and graham cracker. Ginger, nutmeg, and leather create a memorable finish. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Second Third

The second third ends around a half hour. I pick up light leather and more cinnamon on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with a delicious blend of brown sugar and sweet pastry flavors with a slight spice. Black pepper combines with more ginger and sweet walnut notes on the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Final Third

Forty-five minutes passes, and the final third wisps away. On the draw, salty leather and coffee take the stage. Through the nose, nougat, light cocoa, and baking spice are delightful. Nutmeg, clove, and fleeting ginger round out the finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Final Thoughts

The RoMa Craft Baka Bantu is a delicious little dessert cigar. It tends to start out a bit rough with the first few puffs, but once this cigar opens up, it’s a real treat. There’s a significant amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together, and construction is spot on. Strength is a bit toned down from most RoMa Craft cigars, but it’s still got enough oomph.

My only beef with this cigar is how short it is – not really a beef. I’m sure the limited size release was an intentional marketing strategy from some of the best teasers in the game. RoMa Craft sure knows how to create hype, and you can count me in as someone drooling for the larger vitolas. I highly recommend the Baka, and you better act fast if you want to find some to try. This will be a contender for my Top 25 Cigars of 2019!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande. This cigar comes in at 6 1/2 x 52 with a sharp tapered torpedo head. It retails for $21. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is silky smooth. It conceals all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It’s a really sharp-looking cigar.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up sweet bread – somewhat like Hawaiian bread – and white pepper. Through the nose, there is more sweet bread with some honey. The finish blends oak and sweet leather. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Buttery toast and mild black pepper hit me on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no changes, The finish consists of light baking spice alongside more oak and sweet leather. Strength and body remain consistently medium.

The final third wisps away at two hours. I find strong white pepper and leather on the draw. Through the nose, baking spice melts with caramel. The finish offers me some oak with mossy oak and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium.

The Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado is an fine cigar. It’s not explosive on complexity, but the flavors it dishes out are a mellow blend of pleasantries. Construction was good, and it was an enjoyable smoke.

Unfortunately, the price of this cigar is very steep, so that may put many people off. You can certainly get a comparable experience from many cigars at half the price, and I can’t justify a box purchase solely for that reason. However, it’s a solid smoke, and I highly recommend this one if the cost doesn’t bother you.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 6 x 46 box-pressed stick. It retails for $10. The blend consists of a super dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobaccos within.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The cold draw on this cigar gives some dried fruit flavor. The rich, dark wrapper produces a potent manure aroma, while I smell a bit of the same out of the foot with dried fruit. The first light produces copious amounts of spice and body.  

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper spice with coffee and bitter cocoa. Through the nose, a spicy black pepper blends with leather. The finish gives me more bitter cocoa and leather. Strength settles in at medium, while body is extremely full.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw hits me with rich cocoa and dark espresso. On the retro-hale, there is a massive amount of cayenne pepper dominating my sinuses. The finish is a delightful mix of black licorice and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The final third wisps away at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, more cocoa blends with cinnamon and coffee. Through the nose, flavors remain consistent. The finish hits me with black pepper, cedar, and leather. Strength finishes out at medium, while body ends at the ceiling.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro is an excellent cigar. It displays delicious, bold flavors without being too strong, and complexity is sufficient. Construction is perfect, and the cigar billows with smoke. It’s competitively priced and competes well with similarly priced cigars. You may not like this if you only smoke mild-bodied blends, but for everyone else I highly recommend picking up a bunch of these.

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 | Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for $6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)