Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: 5 x 56 Belicoso
Today we take a look at the Boneshaker Full Body Cast from JR Cigars.
From the JR Cigar web site:
“Boneshaker Full Body Cast is a beast of a cigar made to appeal to ultra-full bodied smokers. The blend features an Ecuadorian wrapper, a thick Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and perfectly aged filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Although strong, Body Cast is refined, well balanced, and loaded with hearty notes of black pepper, chocolate, and plenty of spice. This seriously powerful follow up to the original full flavored Boneshaker blend will take your palate to a completely new level of intensity without hardly putting a dent in your wallet.”
SIZES AND PRICES:
4.5 x 60 $3.25
6 x 54 $3.75
5 x 56 $3.50
6 x 60 $4.00
This stick looks like it was dunked in 10-40. A beautiful chocolate/coffee bean wrapper…very smooth to the touch.
Seams are not visible. A few veins but nicely constructed. The belicoso tip is damn near flawless.
The one squirrely note, that may cause trouble down the line, is that the cigar is hard as a rock.
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I can smell notes of chocolate, pepper, green veggies, espresso, dried fruit, cedar, and walnut honey.
From the clipped cap and the foot, I can smell chocolate, cream, red pepper, coffee, dried fruit, cedar, sweetness, raspberry jelly.
The cold draw presents flavors of chocolate rings with raspberry jelly inside, red pepper, cream, cinnamon, cedar, coffee, charred wood, and a slight touch of anise.
The draw surprises me by its fluid movement from foot to cap.
Out of the gate, come flavors of Cream, chocolate, malts, red pepper, dried fruit, sweetness, cedar, cinnamon, coffee ice cream, and salted pretzel.
This $4 cigar is beginning to impress. Now the test of consistency begins….
There is a bit of Chinese in the flavor profile: cumin, cardamom, and clove. And the red pepper becomes chili paste
Construction is on point. The char line forges on without needed corrections.
Strength starts out at medium but quickly aspires to medium/full within minutes.
Transitions of flavors being as well. Complexity is noticed and the overall interpretation of this blend is one of being a more expensive cigar.
A variety of citrus elements are presented: lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine.
The first third makes a too quick appearance and dissipates into the second third in short course due to the the pointy cap removal.
Smoke time is 15 minutes.
Strength hits full like a sledge hammer.
Complexity continues its journey. Transitions flow like hot lava. The finish becomes very long and zesty.
Creaminess, chocolate, malts, coffee and spiciness rule the pathway dropping no breadcrumbs so as to be followed.
The zesty amounts of citrus move to the forefront along with spicy cinnamon.
Sweet fruits such as dried fruit, black cherry, and pear give the flavor profile a kick in the pants.
Vanilla and graham cracker enter for the first time.
Like a combination of punches, strength hits full++ and my head rotates 360°.
I received a JR catalog and saw how many house blends they promote. I’ve reviewed a few and each inexpensive cigar was damn fine. I don’t think JR gets enough credit for this. The mystery cigars, and house blends, and seconds on other online stores don’t have the panache of the JR house blends I’ve reviewed.
I have another JR special waiting in the wings: 601 Gold. Can’t wait as 601 is one of my very favorite brands.
The only 601 that went to shit was during the Espinosa/Ortega breakup a few years ago; it was the La Bomba. They changed the bitch’s brew and it never tasted the same; nor did it have the strength it promised.
Not paying attention, I allow the Boneshaker Full Body Cast to go out on me. Relighting it brings a flush of flavors that elevate the blend to a new status. It has sought out, and found, its sweet spot.
Complexity is in full swing with marvelous transitions.
If I hadn’t known the cost and derivation of this blend, I’d have guessed it was a $10 boutique blend.
Flavors are extremely potent. The red pepper makes surprise, unwitting attacks. Sweetness adds a creamy chocolate mousse element that drips decadent.
The strength of the Boneshaker Full Body Cast is kicking my ass now. The influence of nicotine has begun.
Halfway point. Smoke time is 35 minutes.
I gotta be honest…I fully expected a numbingly blah yard ‘gar. It is the farthest thing from the truth. This is a bona fide excellent cigar.
Transitions come fast and furious.
This is how I like my cigars…it starts off with great promise and then builds, layer upon layer, of impressive flavors.
Creaminess seems to be the leading edge of the blend…but right behind is red pepper, chocolate, malts, coffee, sweet things, citrus, spices, cinnamon, and a bevy of fruitiness.
Construction has been excellent with only a couple minor touch ups to the char line.
In the 2-3/4” I’ve smoked, the ash has only disengaged once with the existing ash hanging on to the foot like a drowning rat.
I am astonished at the level of quality that the Boneshaker Full Body Cast brings to the table. I will need more of these. There is just a plain Boneshaker that is only a few cents more expensive. I intend on trying that.
I’m smoking the cigar with only a month’s humidor time. It doesn’t need additional time. But note of warning…I smoked one a week in and it was nondescript in its approach; so be patient.
As strong as the blend is…it is one smooth baby. The nicotine hasn’t grown in its assault.
Each and every puff decimates my palate with overwhelming clarity of character.
I ain’t shitting you. You need to buy these sticks. I can’t think of another cigar, in this price category, that will give you this much gratification.
JR Cigar sells these in 5 packs for a bit over $20.
Smoke time is 50 minutes.
I’m having a great time.
Sweet Spot 2.0. The Boneshaker Full Body Cast is making mincemeat of my palate.
The full strength of the blend can only be tackled by experienced smokers. It will lay a long line of dead newbies in its path.
The finish is incredible. It goes on for miles and miles.
I can count on one hand the $15 sticks that mimic the quality of this $4 stick.
I’ve adorned my crash helmet as nicotine begins to blind me. But the huge pallet of flavors keeps me going and…damn the torpedoes.
The Boneshaker Full Body Cast is one of the most delicious blends I’ve tasted in a while.
Here are the malts: Chocolate Rye malt, Coffee malt, Honey malt, and Special B malt. (See malt chart).
Unequivocally, a real flavor bomb. Big boastful elements in conjunction with great depth of character, subtlety, and nuance.
This is a prime example of what I rant about all the time…You don’t need a leaf portfolio of 13 exotic tobaccos to make a great blend. And you don’t have to charge a ridiculous price to get there.
I will definitely take a look at other JR blends. One thing I’ve noticed is that reviewers tend to ignore the inexpensive house blends. So, smokers have no frame of reference except the customer reviews on every online store’s cigar page.
We reviewers do a disservice to our readers by being snobs.
The power of the blend is like a backpack nuclear weapon. I inject Narcan directly into my iris to keep me from face planting on my keyboard.
I follow this up with a shot of adrenaline.
I seem to have returned from the zombie phase of this blend. My dead relatives have left the room.
Remember the warning written on the 601 La Bomba box? It warns you that this is an extremely strong cigar so beware. The La Bomba has nothing on the Boneshaker Full Body Cast. This is a blend for smokers not afraid of dying.
This blend took me by total surprise. It cold cocked me when I wasn’t paying attention.
Not a single flavor has dissipated. It has been a delightful cigar experience.
As I near the end of the Boneshaker Full Body Cast from JR Cigar there isn’t a hint of harshness, heat, or bitterness.
Try them. You’ll thank your Uncle Katman.
Final smoke time is one hour 20 minutes.
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