Video review HERE.
Juan Lopez was a brand that was around several years ago but went by the wayside. Last year Altadis decided to bring it back as an all Nicaraguan version. They debuted it at last year's IPCPR. This is a Nicaraguan puro.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
This cigar is available in 3 sizes:
Seleccion no. 1
5 x 54
Seleccion no. 2 (reviewed today)
6 x 54
Seleccion no. 3
6 x 60
Price point: $6
The cigar is a dark brown and it has some shine to the wrapper. It has a nice density and has a dense feel in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors were a little hard to nail down but they were sweet cedar, dry nuts and toast, and earth with a touch of leather. The finish is also one of nuts and some sweet cream. The pepper was a white pepper and I rate it between a 6 and 7.
About 1 1/4 inch in the cigar is burning very evenly and the ash is dense. I'll stick with my initial flavor description but now there is a little bitterness in the cigar. This may not last. The cigar is medium bodied.
About 1 3/4 inches in there is now some brown sugar following the sweet cedar. You still have the notes of earth, leather, nuts, and toast also. The cigar is not overly sweet but it has a nice sweetness. The bitterness is now gone. The ash is quite impressive. Look at how straight it is!
At the midpoint the brown sugar notes now taste like cocoa. So, you have a sweet cedar and cocoa combination which is quite tasty. You still have the leather and earth. The nut and toast notes are decreased. The cocoa notes are light but very detectable. The finish is a cream with dry nut notes and a touch of cocoa. I would still call the cigar medium bodied.
From the midpoint to the end the cigar did tick up to medium to full bodied. The cocoa notes went away and the brown sugar came back. So, the cigar went back to the way it started. The finish is about the same; sweet cream with dry nuts and toast. This is a bargain priced cigar and it had a good burn time. It took about 2 hours to smoke. Those of you who like dry toast, nuts, earth and leather notes should like this cigar. The added benefit of sweet cedar with brown sugar for the most part and some cocoa notes in the middle just add to the nice flavors. This is a good, solid cigar. You can purchase Juan Lopez Seleccion no. 2 cigars here. The entire line of Juan Lopez is available here.