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.