I recently smoked the Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto, a good cigar at a reasonable price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto. This was a good cigar at a reasonable price.
JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto
A Nicaraguan cigar made with Aganorsa Nicaraguan long-fillers, an Aganorsa Nicaraguan binder, and a San Andres wrapper, this was a good cigar worthy of the accolades it has received.
I enjoyed this cigar with a Sam Adams ’76 Lager, and the two went together fine. A dark beer, however, would have paired better.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Time of the Smoke
It took me about an hour to smoke this cigar.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was nice. It was eloquent yet simple.
JFR Lunatic Maduro’s Condition
The Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto came in good condition. It was beautifully dark with a nice oily sheen. The only flaw I saw was its distinct and thick veins, causing me some concern about the quality of the burn. Fortunately, these concerns did not come to fruition.
Feel of the Cigar
I found the cigar to be a bit too firm in places. In other areas, however, it felt fine, so there were obviously some inconsistencies in the wrap.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled nice with hints of coffee. It was, however, a bit too subtle.
It was challenging to cut through this cigar, but I was still able to slice off the cap without damaging the integrity of the body of the cigar.
Lighting the JFR Lunatic Maduro
The Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto was a bit stubborn on the light, but it eventually took to the flame without much issue.
The draw was perfect from beginning to end. It had just the right amount of resistance, making for a smooth, relaxing smoke.
On the retrohale, the Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto had notes of leather, but it was a bit too abrasive as it traveled through my sinuses.
JFR Lunatic Maduro’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up notes of leather. After the light, the Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto had hints of earth, leather, coffee, and chocolate. It was a delicious cigar, if not top-tier.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the light, the cigar’s smoke had a dark aroma with hints of pepper and leather. It was okay, but not great.
The burn was excellent from beginning to end. It stayed even and burned consistently. I never had to touch it up or worry about its going out.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it also didn’t cause any trouble.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
JFR Lunatic Maduro’s Tobacco
The Casa Fernandez JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
JFR Lunatic Maduro Bonus Points
This cigar was so enjoyable that I smoked it all the way down to the nub. +1
JFR Lunatic Maduro’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a well-made cigar that provided an enjoyable smoke. At $5.68 per stick, it’s also reasonably priced for a cigar of this quality.
Final Grade: 90 / A-
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