Size: 5 X 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
A few weeks back, I received a box with cigars from Altadis to review. The only problem was that UPS crushed the box and the Juan Lopez cigars inside. I put in a claim with UPS and Yasemin sent me out another sample pack so I could review them. I let the cigars sit in my humidor for a week or so. Today, I was excited to find the time to sit down for a cigar review. I paired this cigar up with a Virgil's Orange Cream Soda.
The Juan Lopez is a well constructed, chocolate brown, minimally veined cigar without discoloration spots or defects on the wrapper. The cigar feels nice and has a mild sheen to it. I smelled the foot and the aroma of hay and barnyard entered my nose. The stick had a strong smell of barnyard. I clipped the cap with my Tonino Lamborghini cutter. A beautiful cutter with a smooth guillotine action. I took a dry draw of spicy chocolate. I toasted the foot with my new Colibri Eclipse single torch lighter and took a nice open draw of full creamy smoke. Hints of cedar and wood are the notes I tasted. The grey dense doesn't fall during the first third. Full smoke continued to pump out and the burn was even. Nuts, citrus and white pepper notes fulled out the flavors of the first third.
The dense grey ash stayed attached to the stick close to the halfway point before it fell. The smoke remained full and the burn even. Toward the last part of this third the burn became slightly wavy. Hints of leather along with a nuttiness fill out the second section.
The last third and the band comes off without incident. No tearing, cracks or defects underneath. The burn evened out and the smoke continue flowing full and creamy. A sweetness along with spice and citrus is what I tasted. I smoked this robusto cigar until I couldn't hold it anymore.
This stick should retail between 5 - 6 dollars in most places. A good value for this cigar. It comes in three sizes. 5 X 54, 6 X 54 and 6 X 60. I smoked a couple and feel confident giving the Juan Lopez cigar the Cigar Assessor Approval. Give this cigar a try. You'll be glad you did. - October 19, 2013