Thursday, June 9, 2011

La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial - El Jocko (Maduro)

El Jocko

El Jocko is not your everyday name for a cigar so before reviewing the smoke I went in search of its origin. Turns out that in the late 90’s a man by the name Jacko Headblade visited Litto Gomez’s farm and factory in the Dominican Republic to check out upcoming products and tobacco.  While on the farm Jacko attempt to ride a neighbor's donkey, Gomez commemorated the harsh event by naming both the donkey and the cigar El Jocko. As awful as the event was the ending result has been a great hit. The perfecto is gorgeous to look at and is rolled perfectly. The cigar is only 4 ¾” in length and has a ring gauge of 54 at its fattest point. The cigar is covered in a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican fillers that are piloto cubano. The cigar is beautiful in hand with a dark oily wrapper and has aromas of raisins and cedar.

As I light the smoke it begins out very peppery and spicy but as the cigar gets wider the further into the middle I get it begins to show more leather and woodier notes that are accompanied by fruity and meaty characteristics. At the midpoint the cigar is definitely medium-full in body and has really rich flavors. Spice is very prominent but it has a nice raisin finish that balances it all out. As I begin to enter the second half the wrapper flavors become more prominent and there is a return in spice but still lots of leather.  Cigar burned perfectly and I was more than half way through before I had to put out the ash.

This cigar has a long finish and is quite entertaining for a small perfecto. I would have to give this cigar an 88 but thought it was rather enjoyable. The cigar packed some great flavors into such a tiny smoke and it also packed a little punch as well. This would be a great cigar if you only had about 45 minutes to smoke and you were a fan of cigars that had dark flavors and a heavy body. I am interested to see how the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is.
El Jocko Maduro


Available at Havana Phil’s.       

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