J. Fuego Heat Corojo | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Ecuadorian Sumatra, Nicaraguan Criollo
Size: 5 x 50 “Robusto
Body: Medium
Price: $4.95

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Today we take a look at the J. Fuego Heat Corojo.

It made its debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show…and was released for sale in November, 2014.

The J. Fuego Heat Corojo comes in four sizes:
Corona Gorda: 4.5 x 46 $4.75
Robusto: 5 x 50 $4.95
Toro: 6 x 54 $5.25
Grande: 5.5 x 60 $5.50

From the J. Fuego Cigar Company web site:
“The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and making cigars for five generations. Established in 1876, J. Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company in “El Corojo” farm, Cuba.

“In 1995, the family migrated to Central America and in 2006, after years of growing, blending and producing cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched “Tabacos S.A.” with the release of the “J. Fuego” brand with his Natural and Gran Reserva lines in honor of his family as they celebrated 130 years in this industry.

“Since then, the company has introduced an array of cigars, featuring a variety of blends made with tobacco exclusively grown for J. Fuego Cigar Co.”

Fuego has long been associated with the better than average bundle cigar market. He’s put out a lot of not so great inexpensive cigars as well. His target audience are smokers that want to spend only $5, or less, per stick. Of course, there are exceptions like his Americana, Edición de Familia, and the Origen.

I’ve given this stick close to two months rest in my humidor and I have not smoked one prior to this review.

The J. Fuego Heat Corojo is a very solid stick. Seams are tight. Not so many veins. The semi-oily wrapper is chestnut brown in color and feels very toothy.

I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cocoa, honey, wood, a nice herbal touch along the shaft, and leather.
Time to light up.

The draw is very tight. Rubbing the stick in my palms helps a little. I use my last resort: my cigar awl. But if anything can cause a crack in the wrapper quickly; it is shoving a metal rod down the center of a cigar. But it does the trick and the draw is fine now.

The first puffs are sort of bland with a touch of honey, wood, chocolate, and herbal notes. For a cigar that calls itself “Heat,” I would have expected a Garcia Blast of Pepper. But instead, it is limp.
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I have to laugh at this. And I’m sure you do as well. The lengths that some manufacturers go to name a cigar line or brand. They find something historical and build an entire story around it. It becomes mystical, and identifiable, to only the manufacturer. It is a fucking cigar for chrissakes. Not your first child. Call it something simple and like: “This is a Good Cigar #1.” And follow up with “This is a Fucking Great Cigar #2.”
It’s like the people who invent these crazed themed cigars really wanted to work at Disneyland as a kid. And fuck Snow White.

A bit of black pepper shows up but it is weak. Either a couple months is insufficient humidor time or this is all it has to give.

The J. Fuego Heat Corojo does not start off with a bang. And this just may ruin my morning as I looked forward to trying this cigar for the first time.
The strength is barely medium bodied.

I’ve burned ¾” and really nothing to crow about. Oh lord. I just took a glance at Google after searching for other reviews. Maybe…maybe there are 3-4 reviews. This does not bode well for this cigar. It has been out for two months and no one is reviewing it. This is no accident. Unless the cigar insider reviewers got a heads up that the J. Fuego Heat Corojo needs 6 months of humidor time; which I doubt.

Instead, I believe it is another mediocre cigar from the Jesus Fuego. Fuego has picked a customer base. Those that are fairly new to cigars. Those without much of a palate. And those who don’t want to spend over $5 a stick and has a name brand attached.

The flavor profile is going nowhere fast. I have now smoked 1” and….nada.

The little elements of flavor like the honey, chocolate, wood, herbal notes, and leather are hanging on by their fingertips.

I expected this flavor profile to hit me in the puss with a blast of red hot pepper and be bold and exciting. I got a day old flounder instead.
I can say one positive thing about the J. Fuego Heat Corojo. So far, the char line has been nice.

And then sure enough. I see a crack emanating from the cap down about an inch caused by using my cigar awl. This is a cursed review.

A crappy cigar. I’ve hit the second third and absolutely nothing has happened.

And it isn’t going to. What a major disappointment. I’m done.
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