October 31, 2015

B&J Reserva Especial (6 x 58)

Video review HERE.

These cigars are new to me. I was asked to review them to bring awareness to the  masses about them. Little Cigar Box is a distributor for these cigars and sent me the samples. 

The B&J Habano cigars are wrapped in a Ecuadorian Habana Wrapper, HVA binder grown in the fields of El Cibao, the filler is Cubano San Vicente, Olor Dominicano and Criollo 98, also grown at El Cibao fields.

The cigar is well made with a slight sheen to the wrapper. It has a very dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors were a bit odd but nice. They were a sweet strawberry preserves flavor mixed with some boysenberry notes, coffee and earth at the base with black pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

A little over an inch in the flavors are about the same but you can add light leather, which took the place of the earthy notes. There is also a touch of buttery cream attached to the sweeter flavors. The cigar is medium bodied at best. The finish is a lightly toasted cream with some lingering black pepper; not a great deal.

At the midpoint the flavors have not changed but the amount of them has. The sweet strawberry notes are prominent while the boysenberry notes have just about gone away. There is still a touch of buttery cream. The leather notes are subtle and the coffee is still the base. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. 

With about 2 inches remaining the strawberry notes are still the main flavor with the touch of buttery cream. The leather is very light and adds a little something to the coffee at the base. The pepper is still good. The cigar is still medium bodied but seems to be wanting to head in the direction of medium to full.

The cigar ended with the strawberry notes the lead player. That's the good point. The negative is there are not enough lower level flavors to equalize the extreme sweetness. However, this has been a pretty good cigar. The price point of these is fantastic; $3.69 each and that price lowers with larger quantities. You can buy these cigars at The Cigar Box.

Score: 89

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