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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Johnny-O World Famous custom rolled Behique52
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq
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: 19 Points of 20 Possible

This is a 5” x 50 robusto with a pigtail flag in place of the cap.  The wrapper has a medium brown-reddish hue, and is dry (not oily). A few, small/minimal veins that were inconsequential.  Solidly rolled, no soft spots.  Has a slight barnyard scent with a touch of sweetness.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

For the first inch, the burn was uneven but corrected itself.  This sample required one touch up at about the two-thirds mark, but otherwise was a good and slow burner.  It had a salt and pepper ash that would hold on for about an inch at a time.  A good amount of smoke was produced.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

A solidly rolled stick with no soft spots.  However, the draw was a bit tight and had to be corrected with my draw poking tool.  The ash held for about an inch at a time.  No other construction issues to speak of.


Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

The cigar started off a bit harsh, but eased back after the first inch or so.  Some mild black pepper on the forefront of the tongue, and notes of leather, cedar, and something grassy like parsley or basil. It had a very dry quality to the smoke (i.e., not sweet) and was medium full in body and strength.

Entering the second third, much smoother and the pepper was gone.  More earthy and creamy now, still some woody and grassy notes, starting to develop a lot of Cubanesque qualities.  More medium in body and strength now.

The mild black pepper returned in the final third, but with a wimper and not a roar.  Continued Cubanesque notes: earthy, woody, grassy, and clay.  Certainly more medium at the end as well.

Summary

My guess is that this is a Cuban Trinidad Robusto T because it has a lot of the same flavor notes and qualities, although this one seemed slightly stronger than those that I have smoked. An enjoyable cigar,  and I want to thank Colin for the allowing me to take part in this blind review.



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