February 22, 2012

Cigar Review: J. Fuego Origen Originals

Origen Originals

There is nothing better than tracking a cigar company’s history. We all love these cigar manufacturers who have emerged in recent years and really become very popular, but it is great to see a family who has been working with tobacco in some way for generations. One of these families in which I am talking about is the Fuego Family, and their family has been involved with tobacco since 1876. The Fuego Family is now led by Jesus Fuego, who has worked closely with XIKAR on their cigars, and produced several of his own successful lines. The Fuego Family began in 1876 as a tobacco growing company in Cuba on a farm called “El Corojo.” The family eventually moved to Central America in 1995, and for 11 years the company grew tobacco and blended tobacco for cigar manufacturers. 


It was eventually in 2006 that Jesus Fuego decided to launch his own cigar manufacturing company, Tabacos S.A., and released their first cigar line, J. Fuego. Since then the company has launched more than five more lines, and in 2010 they released the Origen line. Within the line J. Fuego released a very limited cigar that was unique in packaging and vitola size. The cigar is one that is well known and yet unknown at the same time. It has received great ratings from bloggers, and when you talk about the cigar people either know it and love it or have no idea what you are talking about. The cigar in which I am talking about is the J. Fuego Origen Originals.

Packaged in five count packets, the presentation for the cigar is not the norm with today’s industry. There are no bands on the cigar, and the size of the cigar is almost a petit perfecto. Some call it a petit corona perfecto, others a petit preferido. Either way, the cigar is fairly small in hand, and is a figurado in vitola. The cigar measures 5” with a 44 ring gauge, and is made in Honduras at Segovia Cigars. The cigar begins with a Brazilian Corojo wrapper, and has a Costa Rican Corojo binder. It is not often that you see wrappers from Brazil, and less often that you see a Corojo seed grown in Brazil and used. Underneath those special Corojo seed wrapper and binder you have Corojo fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. 
The Packaging 
Because of the size of these cigars, I am going to be reviewing them in halves. The cigar begins out wonderfully, and there is a nice flavor profile coming from the wrapper. There are some spice notes present up front, and there are some wood, earth and leather notes present towards the end. There is a nice finish of pepper to the cigar, and also some strong herbal notes with that. The cigar is burning wonderfully leaving a razor sharp burn line, and I am also getting a solid white ash with it as well. I would say the strength of the cigar is around medium in body, and very enjoyable.    

When I get into the second half of the cigar there are some new flavors present and the cigar has become really complex. By this point the ring gauge of the cigar has increased, and I would say it is at its largest point. There are nice dry spices with the cigar, and I am also getting some herbal notes along with some rich earth. There is a finish of minerals, leather and wood to the cigar and it is a very dry and long finish. I would say the strength of the cigar is still around medium in body, and I can’t emphasize enough the finish that this cigar has. The cigar still burned evenly throughout the last half, and the ash was still white in coloring. I smoked the cigar down to the tapered nub, and even on the last draw it is burning cool and producing a nice bit of smoke. The smoke throughout the cigar was very thick, and I was getting some great smoke rings.     

Overall this is a fabulous cigar. It is a great size in the since that you can get tons of great flavors, and really enjoy a cigar, while it is small enough that if you don’t have much time to sit and smoke a larger cigar you don’t need to rush to smoke this. The cigar provides a great amount of flavors throughout, and you even get a nice change in flavors as the cigar gets a little larger in ring gauge towards the middle. I smoke these cigars quite a bit, and they are worth buying a case of them. I know Pete Johnson is a big fan of these cigars as well, and any time I have given them out to fellow smokers they really fall in love with them and enjoy them. I give this cigar a 92, and always enjoy these smokes. These are cigars that you buy a case of them, and keep them in a small desktop humidor on your desk. I usually take them out of the packaging, dump them in the humidor, and grab one if I don’t have much time and want a great smoke. It’s almost like a scene out of the movie sometime with these cigars. 
Nice simple Brazilian Habano wrapper


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