The Heat By J. Fuego Cigar Review and InformationThe Heat by J. Fuego is a cigar that’s been the topic of many conversations for quite a while. Initially, Jesus Fuego, the owner of the brand, wanted to have the blend out the door in the spring of 2014. However, it was held back at the last minute to rework some details in the blend. Specifically, the Pennsylvanian-grown wrapper was eschewed in favor of a Honduran leaf that will fill in for the company’s 777 Corojo well. Fortunately, the extra time spent perfecting the blend was worth the wait, and Jesus continues to uphold his reputation as a worthy representative of his family’s rich tobacco history.

The cigar has a Honduran Corojo wrapper, a Nicaraguan Corojo binder and fillers that include a Nicaraguan Criollo and Ecuadorian Sumatran. It comes in four sizes, including a Corona Gorda (4 1/2 x 46), Grande (5 1/2 x 60) and Toro (6 x 54). It’s the color of dark leather and has a toothy, rustic appearance, with some visible veins and seams. It is double banded, and both bands are fairly small, making for a minimalistic look. The primary band only features the name of the cigar in large, bold type that contains a fire pattern. The secondary band displays the name of the company in gold type on a black background. In all, it’s clear that the flavors have received a majority of Jesus’s attention and not the visual branding. It’s a no-frills approach that many experienced aficionados can appreciate. 

Unsurprisingly, the initial third launches with some strong black pepper flavors and matches it with a surge of nicotine as well. From the outset, it is clear that the Heat by J. Fuego is going to challenge aficionados with sheer power. After a few draws, the black pepper shifts into the background, though it remains on the palate and retrohale. In its place, a combination of earth, coffee and chocolate flavors take the reins and steer the profile. The coffee and chocolate flavors are the strongest, though the chocolate is closer to a dark, bitter chocolate than a sweet, milk chocolate.

In the middle third of the stick, the earth flavor shifts a bit and becomes spicy. This, along with the bitter, dark chocolate, coffee and black pepper, makes for a blend that doesn’t pull punches. Things do ease off a bit around the halfway mark, however, as the black pepper shifts back to the retrohale and the chocolate sweetens a bit.

During the last third of the Heat by J Fuego, the black pepper thrusts with steady bursts of heat while the semisweet chocolate and earth flavors remain dominant. These flavors hold steady until the end of the stick, which sends off smokers with a final shot of pepper.

With its bold flavors and abundant nicotine, it’s no surprise that reviewers consider this stick medium-full, with moments of near full strength. Like the brand’s other cigars, it is built as well as any other stick in the industry and holds up extremely well during smoking. In summary, it’s a smoke that is likely going to be hot in more ways than one, with aficionados everywhere trying to hunt it down.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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