Cigar Review: Jameson Black Label

Size: 5×44, Corona

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium/ Full

Price: Box of 20, $96

Grade: 8.8

The Black Label Corona by Jameson  Cigars is one of their original releases. Brad Mayo of Jameson is a friend of Toasted Foot and sat down with us for an interview some time ago (here). In his interview, he described for us the process of blending the Black Label. “It comes in on the medium to full bodied end of the spectrum and I basically wanted a robust maduro to round out the day with.” The only difference between the Black and Red by Jameson, the two original blends, are that the Black Label offers a Churchill rather than a Toro and the Black Label utilizes a Brazilian Maduro wrapper. We reviewed the Red Label here, and Brad’s newest release, the Declaration, here. This rounds out the Jameson trilogy, for now.

Brad recently relocated his operation to the famed Calle Ocho, and all of his blends are produced by Luis Sanchez of La Tradicion Cubana. Brad also started a coffee line, RockStone, some time back and we’ve reviewed a couple of these blends here and here.

The Black Labels have been resting in my humidor for awhile, and while organizing the other day, I thought it was time to review it for the site. So, on to the toast.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The corona by Jameson is medium to dark brown with a very rugged wrapper. It is packed tight and has an excellent weight in the palm for a smaller ring gauge. Along the wrapper I pick up notes of rich tobacco with the profile being more apparent at the foot. I don’t pick up a ton of notes on the cold draw, but there is a sweet and almost floral note on the finish.

Burn, 1.7:
The first puff on the Jameson is a little tight but it produces a ton of smoke. The ash is consistent in color and holds extremely well for a smaller ring gauge. The burn is even and never requires a touch up or a re-light. The draw openes up at times but always seems a bit tight to me, though this is a personal preference; I would expect it would be acceptable to most, but for me it was just a little too tight.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first third of the Jameson Black Label produces a nice, rich tobacco profile that has some wood notes in the mix; the finish is medium, and I pick up a touch of spice and a warm sugar type sweetness at times. The second third finds the cigar increase a bit in body with the same profile as above. I don’t pick up any additional notes but there are some right at the surface, maybe I just couldn’t identify them. In the final third I felt that the spice increased a bit, the tobacco really moved towards a woodiness, and the finish is heavier on the palate.

Overall, 2.7:
This is a solid medium bodied smoke that leaves some interesting flavors on the palate. Though I couldn’t identify all of them, that is what makes me want to come back for more. Priced at less than five bucks a stick, I think this is a solid smoke at a solid price. I look forward to having more in the near feature, as well as trying out any new blends that Brad puts out.

(Total: 8.8)