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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Johnny-O World Famous custom rolled Behique52
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tom (Silverstix)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member shakinghorizons (Colin).  The format of this particular critique was a blind review.  Members received the cigar without any knowledge of what it was with the only clue being "This cigar was released in 2010 and has been immensely popular since."  They were then asked to smoke it and submit their guess of what it was.  There were a lot of good guesses but no one actually got it correct.  

The cigar provided for this round is quite an enigma.  There is very little information available for it and others in the line.  It is only sold directly by Johnny himself through forums sites.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the cigar you reviewed was none other than the Johnny-O World Famous custom rolled Behique52.  From what I have gleaned from the few sources out there, the "World Famous" designation is used to indicate the cigar was rolled by a specific/different roller than his other cigars.  Thanks very much Colin for providing the sticks!


Length:
5.125
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Cuba
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Stored for 3 months @ 65%

Oily-est cigar I think I've ever felt.  Nice caramel colored wrapper with a few minor veins.  Pigtail cap.  Firm feel, packed solid.  There is a smell of pepper on the wrapper and the food.  The cold draw has a distinct black licorice taste.  4-7/8" long and I'm guessing 52 ring gauge.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

A little slow to get going, some uneven burning in the first inch and having a tough time burning strong. Touch up required to get the burn back on track. This burn issue continues through the first third. Second third it is trying to correct itself but needs another touch up. Burned the best in the final third. Kind of disappointed the burn fought me so much.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Once again this cigar has a beautiful oily wrapper with a nice pigtail cap which clipped clean, and the seams are pretty much invisible.  The draw is a tad tighter than I prefer, but it opens up perfectly as I get going.  Ash stays on for a solid 2"

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

First few puffs are grass and wood. A little bit of spice on the finish and in the retrohale. A pleasant smoke that’s coating my mouth and has a nice smooth finish.

1/3 is heavy on the floral/wood with a bit of spice in the background, hitting the back of my throat. Not pepper spice but more like a gingerbread spice. This spice slowly ramps up a bit more on the tongue. Smooth oily taste to the smoke that coats my mouth nicely.

2/3 begins with more of the wood tastes, however now there’s an added musty/nutty kind of element that I can’t really put my finger on but I like it. Spice is still very present on my tongue.

3/3 spice notes start to fade. Nutty flavors are picking up, buttery, and a roasted coffee taste is coming on strong. This is by far my favorite third. Wishing this didn’t end.

Summary

A great looking cigar, loved the look of the pigtail and the feel of the oily wrapper. This cigar seemed a little bit delicate to me, which I liked - it wasn't an in-your-face butt kicker, it was a little finessed.  It had some nice flavors that complimented each other and built up well for an exciting final third. The burn issues were really disappointing and I wonder if a better burn would’ve seen those flavors appear earlier. Overall it was a tasty smoke, I would’ve rated it higher if it burned better.



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