Taster’s Notes: Emilio AF Suave 6X50 Toro

Emilio AF Suave 6X50 Toro

This cigar is of mild/medium body with a pronounced note of grass and hay,  backed up with a dash of white pepper and a pinch of cinnamon.  Throughout the smoke it shows off a nice boldness of flavor for a mild/medium twig, including a rich creaminess that accents its core flavors nicely, allowing it an appeal to those that prefer stronger cigars.

Taster’s Notes – Guayacan 5X50

The Guayacan 5X50 from Noel Rojas

The Guayacan brand debuted at the Orlando show a couple of weeks ago and we got our hand on some at the Chattanooga Tweet-Up. This 5X50 medium  (perhaps medium minus)  cigar begins with a lot of rich flavor and a nuance of spice.   It debuts a nice creamy lead with pronounced woody notes including oak cask and a dash of hickory.  Developing flavors include ground coffee, a wisp of butterscotch and a late arriving cacao.   All of these flavors entered into play, however the overriding flavor of this cigar was that of creamy smoke and wood with enough nuance and complexity to make this cigar enjoyable throughout.

All of the Guayacan cigar sizes have a different blend, however, with the 5X50 size, newcomer Noel Rojas appears to have a winner. This cigar is now in cue for a full Front Porch Cigars review.

Taster’s Notes – JC the Cuban Roller 7 X 42 Long Corona

OK I know what you are thinking… JC the Cuban Roller?  Yeah.  He lives in St. Augustine FL and bills himself as a Master Cuban Roller with 20+ years of experience.   There isn’t exactly a lot of press about him other than the fact he is available for special events, and some basic info about his shop, in St. Augustine, which I THINK is called JC Rollers.

There was not going to be a review of any kind about this cigar.  It was one of those “I bought you a cigar because you like cigars” cigars.    Having never heard of JC Cigars, it went into the “storage” humidor, waiting to be given away or perhaps smoked when I was desperate.   Tonight, I was neither, but I decided to try it out anyway, for a couple of reasons.

First: I was in the mood for something I hadn’t tried before.  Second: I didn’t want to do a review tonight.  The other reviewer (the one that is funny and more cigar savvy than I am) is out of town.   Because of that, I wanted to smoke something of which I had only a single cigar.   Thus: JC Long Corona.   This is also why the photography is a bit on the drab side.  As I had not planned on even doing a review, I simply debanded, clipped, and lit this cigar, only to discover a few minutes later that is was delicious.  That is why the photos were taken in deep shadows, sitting on a Charlie Spivak album cover. (By the way, Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra pairs nicely with this cigar)

The JC band, removed from the surprise of the month.

The JC Long Corona… AKA… the “I didn’t see that coming”


Let’s be fair here.  I have never heard JC Cigars, nor of JC the Cuban Roller;  and to be honest, I had a second cigar (a Tatuaje Tubo) sitting right next to it, so after two puffs I could say “I tried it” then toss it for something I knew I liked.   That was 45 minutes ago.

The JC Long Corona is a Mild-Medium cigar with a natural wrapper.  Its primary influence other than a slightly tangy sweet tobacco is that of honey.  It’s not overly complex, and that might put off some aficionados that prefer the more of a punch or some advanced complexity, however in terms of taste (and that is how we party on the porch) it was absolutely delightful.

I am not sure if these cigars are available outside JC’s shop other than his basic web page.  If you are in St. Augustine, be sure and stop by his shop and pick up some of his wares, which are apparently all rolled in-house.  He has several sizes and blends available.    If there is one note worth mentioning, it is that this cigar has been aged for roughly two years and anything newly purchased might require some time to rest.

From the very beginning, Front Porch Cigars has been about bringing you the best cigars, regardless of make, price or marketing campaign.  Because of this, when we (or in this case “I”) discover a cigar that is this enjoyable, I am required by law to share.

Let me summarize with a completely unexpected comment.  If I find some more of these, and if they are of equal quality, this is a top 20 cigar.   I know there  is a lot of “IF” in there, but this stick was the best mild-medium cigar I have had in a long time.  The JC Long Corona has been a pleasure.

This has been really long winded for a “Taster’s Notes” submission, but this cigar was such a bolt of out of the blue, it needed to be expanded.   In addition, we like to give credit where credit is due, and JC deserves a lot of credit.    Now on to your regularly scheduled Taster’s Notes segment:

The JC Long Corona is a mild-medum blend displaying a sweet and slightly tangy tobacco flavor, tinted with pronounced honey.   Notes of dry leather and vanilla eventually develop.  Rolled in-house at JC Rollers in St. Augustine Fl,  the most pleasing aspect of this competently rolled cigar is actually in it’s blend, which remained consistently enjoyable throughout.

Taster’s Notes: Arturo Fuente Especiales Cazadores 6×50

The New Fuente Especiales Cazadores 6x50is a relatively new offering, appearing only in the last couple of months in most locales.

A Medium minus body belies the rich flavors, with major notes being a buttery tobacco revealing cedar, butterscotch and oak with peppercorn developing in the middle. The burn was T-square straight, the smoke was copious, and the light colored ash held firm until forced off. Another Fuente product guaranteed to be a favorite for those that prefer medium body or moderately rich flavors.  An additional bonus is that this cigar is the equal of some twice the price.
Look for a FULL REVIEW from Front Porch Cigars, coming soon.