Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

 

Size: 4 7/8x49 Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado

Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo

Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo

Strength: Medium/ Full

Price: $5.75 – $6.95

Grade: 8.9

Today we are toasting the J. Fuego Sangre de Toro, which is a Nicaraguan puro produced by the J. Fuego cigar company.  Sangre de Toro translates to “Blood of the Bull” which is also a reference to the reddish, full flavored Colorado wrapper used on the sticks. The cigar is available in the following sizes: Corona (5 1/2×46), Robusto (4 7/8x 49), Toro (6×50), and Belicoso (5 1/2x 52).  From their website, here is a bit of information on the Fuego family:

The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and rolling cigars for five generations (since 1876 when J. Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company) in “El Corojo” farm, Cuba. It was in 1995 when the family migrated to Central America. In 2006, after years of growing, blending and making cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched “Tabacos S.A.” with the release of the “J. Fuego” brand with his Natural and Gran Reserva lines. This was in celebration of 130 years of his family in the cigar industry.

Since then Tabacos S.A. has introduced the J. Fuego Delirium, and the 777 brand with Maduro, Corojo and Zero lines. The Origen brand was also introduced in 2010 with great acceptation from the consumers. We are proud to offer a wide variety of flavors and prices in our cigar selection, made with tobaccos grown exclusively for Tabacos S.A. Enjoy.

You may view the full product lineup from Jesus Fuego online here.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Colorado wrapper on the Robusto has a great reddish hue in appearance. The cigar is well packed with a cap that is constructed nicely and the aroma along the wrapper is earthy and somewhat leathery with a bit of warm spice at the foot. The cold draw follows the same pattern as the pre-light aroma.

Burn, 1.7:
No problems with the burn on this one – the cigar produces plenty of smoke with a nice draw. The ash does not hold all that well but it is consistent in color.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff is of earthy tobacco with a touch of spice. The first third is composed of earthy tobacco, some herbal notes, and a nice warm spice. The second third seemed to open up a bit with the spice decreasing ever so slightly and the cigar becoming a bit airy. The last third seem to transition to the flavor profile of the first third, with earthy tobacco notes, a herbal presence, and a warm spice. The spice was present a bit more in the last third, but that seems to be typical of most cigars.

 

Overall, 2.8:
In this price range this cigar will be a contender. The Nicaraguan flavor profile, couple with the solid construction, make for a nice hour or so smoke. On a personal note, I enjoyed the size of this cigar – it just felt really good to me.

 

(Total: 8.9)