It’s no secret that I am a fan of Crowned Heads. I haven’t gone wrong picking something up out of their portfolio yet. The results at best is a phenomenal cigar. At worst, a solid smoke with potential to get much better with age. I always look forward to an established cigar company showcasing their spin on a budget friendly cigar. I believe it is a showcase of a blender’s ability to make something worthwhile at an everyday price point. Enter The Juarez. Being rolled at Tabacalera Pichardo in Esteli, my expectations are pretty high. The Le PÂTISSIER and Mil Dias are also blended there, and I enjoy both of those blends.
Upon deciding which size to buy, I figured a Maduro shaded cigar with a lower MSRP may do better in a wider Ring gauge- due to the smoothness a wider ring gauge can lend to the smoking experience. I chose the Jack Brown, which stands at 5 inches x 56 RG. A nice variety of origin in the blend- Dominican and Nicaraguan fuller, an Ecuador Sumatra Binder, and a Maduro Mexican San Andres wrapper.
I would say the flavor profile sits at medium-full. Usually the hopes for a budget friendly cigar are a pleasant smoking experience. Most times it is a one dimensional profile. My biggest takeaway from the Juarez was the balance and complexity it offered. Sweetness, salt, leather, pepper spice, wood, and caramel were notes observed throughout the 1 & 1/2 hour smoke time. The cigar did require touch ups throughout the middle of the smoke, which I often encounter in larger ring gauges.
The bow on top of this experience is that boxes of 20 of Juarez regularly cost from 110-130$. Talk about value. I see these aging well. Perfect for giving to friends who want a full sized cigar, or for a budget friendly daily driver- the Juarez is definitely box worthy.