Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1 EOS JUL 18 (CGDLRW) *


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*** I've been rather wordy with my last couple of reviews.  This one will be more succinct w/ bullet points mostly, as I'm trying to get this review in on time.

Wrapper Aroma:

  • Sweet cedar
  • Hay
  • Light cocoa
  • Faint kitchen spice

Foot Aroma:

  • Sweet tobacco
  • Light cocoa

Initial Light:

  • Touch of black pepper
  • Dry cocoa
  • Green wood/grass

First Third:

  • Chocolate note faded gradually as the first third went on.
  • On some longer, deeper draws, there's definitely a dark stone fruit character, like cherry or ripe plum.
  • Toward the end of this third, the floral note I often get in young CCs picks up.
  • Not as sweet as I expected, based on the wrapper aroma.
  • Just under medium body so far.
  • A buttery note is sometimes detectable on the finish, but often doesn't last long.

Second Third:

  • Pepper kicks up a notch.
  • There's also something fresh tasting besides the light grassy note, like a green pepper.
  • The cocoa note is a little richer, almost a chocolate, but not quite.
  • So far, the burn hasn't been pretty, but no touch ups necessary.
  • Around the halfway mark, the flavors seem to be getting muted.
  • Smoke is getting a little harsh.

Last Third:

  • What the heck is this?  All the flavors literally just disappeared as soon as the burn line hit the band.
  • The smoke is very harsh.
  • Cigar isn't getting hot or anything, but definitely not worth finishing.

Final Thoughts:

  • This cigar was dry boxed for 5 days. 
  • Sorry I couldn't get more pics, but my phone died.
  • First and middle third were decent, but the last third was a complete mystery.
  • This is my second JL1 from this box.  The first one was worse than this one: burn issues w/ just a wet tobacco and hay flavor.
  • My final rating on this cigar is 82/100.

 

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