March 23, 2014

The Judge by J. Fuego, Blind Justice (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

The Judge is a private label made by J. Fuego for Famous Smoke Shop. The blend was crafted by no other than skilled tobacconist Jesus Fuego. Each cigar is rolled in zesty Brazilian Mata Fina wrappers that cap a 4-nation longfiller blend. This particular size is called Blind Justice. It's a robusto; 5 x 50. Price for a box: $69.99; 5 pack: $21.99; 10 pack: $39.99; single: $5.00.

The cigar is very dark and has a nice weighty feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet cedar, dry oak, and a ton of espresso. The pepper is a black pepper and I rate it at a 7. The heavy espresso notes make it seem to be higher. The finish is a toasted cream with some dry oak and lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this early stage.

One inch in the ash is very white. The flavors have settled down into what I described initially. The cedar has some richness. There are a lot of dry oak notes quickly following the sweet cedar and then you have the heavy espresso notes. The finish is about the same and the cigar is still medium to full bodied.

At the band there are now light buttery notes on the cedar. The other notes are about the same. The buttery notes give the cigar a little more richness. I'm about 29 minutes into the cigar at this point.

The cigar took 68 minutes to smoke. This cigar has a lot of sweet cedar and a lot of dry oak. The espresso notes actually dropped a bit in the final third. The light buttery notes were very nice. The finish is unchanged at a toasted cream with dry oak. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. At the price point of these cigars it's a no brainer. This is a very good cigar. The Fuego's did a great job for Famous with this cigar. The dry oak is very strong in this cigar. Most of the time dry oak is subtle but not in this cigar. It made it very nice. Try The Judge and see for yourself.

Score: 91

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