Brand: J. Fuego
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Binder: Corojo from Costa Rica
Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Corojo (50/50 Blend)
Country of Origin: Honduras
Price Point: Aprox. $7.50
In December of 2006 a new cigar began to circulate around local cigar shops as well as generate a little discussion among the cigar forums. These cigars were crafted by one Jesus Fuego, which some may recognize as the blender behind lines such as the Don Tomas, Helix, Defiance and a couple of other common names.
After a long family tradition which goes back to 1876, Jesus made the decision to branch out and create a blend that was all his own. Upon release of his Natural and Gran Reserva – Corojo No 1, the J. Fuego name has become increasingly popular.
Around the time of the initial release, Jesus Fuego began working on a particular blend which sported a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Costa Rican Corojo binder, and Corojo filler from both Nicaragua and Honduras. The cost of such cigar, at that point in time, was price-prohibitive forcing the blend to be put on the back burner. After a year on the back burner the blend was able to be revisited making for a more reasonably priced cigar.
At first glance the J. Fuego Delirium isn’t much of an eye catcher. It has a simple and classy band with plain colors. The wrapper leaf itself is dark brown in color with splotchy dark spots throughout. There is a single protruding vein which runs the length of the second wrapping of the leaf.
When pinched I found the cigar to be fiirm and consistently packed from head to foot. The formation of the cap is mildly lumpy with a firm feel when compressed. The aroma on the foot is rich and reminds me of the smell of damp soil. The aroma on the wrapper is similar but had a dryer sort of aroma, similar to mulch.
After a simple toast and light session I had my J. Fuego Delirium evenly lit and producing a generous supply of smoke. The initial body started off in the medium range while the finish was a little on the dry side.
The primary flavor that stands out from the very first puff is a nice cocoa flavor. The nice part of the flavor was that it wasn’t a traditional style cocoa flavor, the key difference was that paired with the dryness it was similar to cocoa powder. Each puff presented this enjoyable flavor that parched the palate slightly and created a nice bit of character. The flavors in the background included leather, wood, and a mixture of sweet and spicy.
In the burning department, this stick was doing well. The ash was light in color while being compacted and firmly planted on the stick. The burn line was thin and even while producing an average amount of resting smoke. The draw had a slight resistance and provided me with a good supply of dense smoke.
As I rounded the forty five minute mark I found myself into the second third of my J. Fuego Delirium. The body was taking a slow but steady path into the fuller end of the medium spectrum while the finish was developing a mild creamy texture.
The base flavor was also making a change from dry cocoa powder to more of a bitter, stout like flavor. The new flavor paired with the mildly creamy finish was a nice change of pace to the already enjoyable cocoa flavor of the first third. In the background I began to pick up a bakers chocolate sort of flavor as well as the leather and woody notes from the previous third.
The ash continued to be fairly light in color while the burn line became slightly wavy. The draw remained nice with a slight resistance which kept my from over-puffing while producing a nice supply of thick, flavorful smoke.
During the final third the body continued to slowly move deeper into the medium spectrum. The intensity of the flavors grew along with the body while I detected no change in overall strength (nicotine kick). The finish continued to develop more of a creamy texture on the tongue and walls of the mouth.
The primary flavor remained reminiscent of a stout style beer with a growing bitterness that became even more enjoyable with the elevated body and texture of finish. The background flavors remained the same for the most part but seemed to develop a little more depth and character.
The burning characteristics of the cigar remained solid. The ash was fairly light in color while holding firm for about an inch before dropping off into the ashtray. Upon falling the ash maintained its shape in the ashtray. The resting smoke seemed about average, as was the burn rate.
Overall I found the Delirium to be a pleasant smoke. As with my previous example of a J. Fuego, in the form of the Defiance, the flavors come across as very unique. While the descriptions may sound like traditional Maduro flavors, they really come across as something special.
I would certainly recommend this cigar to any smoker that enjoys a rich Maduro smoke with a lot of flavor and character behind it. Keep an eye out for J. Fuego, if he continues to produce cigars such as this and the Defiance, I think you will begin to hear his name as often as you hear the word Pepin.
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