I recently had the opportunity to sample the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro, a good but not great cigar. I have provided my review below. This content uses referral links.
A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro. It was a solid B cigar, good but not great.
A Honduran cigar with a blend of Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian long-fillers, a Nicaraguan Corojo binder, and a Honduran Corojo wrapper, the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro made for an enjoyable smoke, even if it was not particularly memorable.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a Stinger, which I guess is a kind of brandy. I had mine with coffee.
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.
Look of the Label
As the picture below indicates, the label was fine, if a bit strange. (I forgot to take a picture while I was smoking, so the image is from my cigar journal.)
They oversold the “Heat” a little bit, and I don’t care for such splashy marketing on my cigars.
I know it doesn’t really matter, but there is a certain eloquence to smoking high-quality cigars, and I think labels like this take a little bit away from that.
Condition of the Cigar
The J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro was a good-looking cigar with a beautiful oily sheen that clearly advertised its quality.
It wasn’t flawless, however. It had distinct veins large enough to give me a little concern about the quality of the burn, but it appeared to be in good condition overall.
Feel of the Wrapper
The wrapper was perfect. It was solid, with just the right amount of give. Nothing in the squeeze gave me any kind of concern.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar had a smooth, creamy aroma that smelled a little sweet. It was certainly not what I was expecting from a cigar prominently named “Heat.”
The cut did not go well. The cap didn’t come off cleanly, leaving some fraying and loose leaf.
The cap did not appear to have been put on with much care, and I began to doubt my initial impression that the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro was a well-constructed cigar.
While there was nothing so extreme as the cigar falling apart—which can happen after cutting through a very poorly constructed cigar—I expected better here.
The J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro took to the flame quickly and did not give me any trouble.
The draw was too tight from beginning to end. I often encounter cigars that start with a tough draw but then grow easier as I progress in the smoke. The J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro, however, never loosened up.
On the retrohale, the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro had a peppery yet smooth flavor. It was delicious and had a delicate balance that allowed it to maintain black pepper flavors without overwhelming my sinuses.
Flavor of the Smoke on the Palate
Here the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro lived up to its name. I was able to detect the subtlest hints of cream, but again the black pepper overwhelmed it. The flavor profile had a lot of potential, but it was just too unbalanced to make for a truly great cigar.
Once again, it was good but not great. It was a near miss, but a miss nonetheless.
The Aroma of the Smoke
The cigar had a smooth aroma with a lot of pepper. Again, I was impressed that a cigar with so much pepper could maintain such a mellow profile. Still, the black pepper overpowered everything else.
The smoke smelled ok but not great.
The J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro burned a bit unevenly at first. While it recovered, new problems developed, particularly my inability to keep the thing lit.
It could not maintain a consistent burn, and it went out several times during the smoke. The cigar required so much maintenance, it became difficult to enjoy it fully.
The ash was ok. It didn’t cause me any trouble, but it wasn’t anything too impressive, either. I very much enjoy a cigar that can maintain solid ash deep into the smoke. The J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro couldn’t do that, but it was still fine here.
Bodily Sensation From the Smoke
Here, the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro was perfect. Even with the problematic draw and how hard I had to work to keep the thing going, I never developed any light-headedness that often accompanies such difficulties.
On this front, the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro was a nice smoke.
No Loose Tobacco
No flakes of tobacco ever found their way into my mouth. Despite its flaws, the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro was clearly an overall well-made cigar.
J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro – Final Grade
This was a good cigar. It wasn’t anything to write home about, and I am certainly not anxious to go out and buy a box. But I would smoke it again if I had the chance. It’s a solid choice most of the time.
For about $2.99 per cigar at Thompson Cigar, it’s not terribly priced, either.
Final Grade: 85 / B
As always, I recommend Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month Club. I’ve been a member for years. You’ll get five premium cigars, like the J. Fuego Heat Corojo Toro, delivered to your door every month.
(There’s also a more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
If you’re interested and would like to use my referral link, I would appreciate it. If you’d prefer not to use my link, however, I still recommend the club. Just go to Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month website to explore Monthly Clubs’ offerings.