Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Juan López Edición Regional Benelux 2010



Length: 11 cm
Ring Gauge: 52
Factory Name: Selección No.3 ,  Petit Edmundo, Petit Robusto
Region: Benelux


I took the Juan Lopez Selección No.3 with me tonight for an after dinner smoke with a friend for a chance to try it out. This Petit Edmund Robusto has a slightly smooth Colorado Claro wrapper with a few visible large veins. The Cigar is firmly rolled and has a distinctive wet wood smell that can be very inviting.


My first lit blows of a deep woody scent with a light smoke that is subtle and fresh until a few moments where it gets bitter on the tongue. Amazingly, this firm dark brown medium-bodied cigar continues to draw very light smoke all thought the first part making it somewhat refreshing. Not much abundant of smoke but the scent of cider and leather quickly fills up the surroundings.


Just little under half way, the characteristics changes lightly to more bitter sourness hitting the back of your mouth. The smoke continues to be light but all the goodness is experienced in the scent, kind of reminds me of a brand new leather couch. Since this is a short cigar, you expect heavy burns and bitter flavors where the tar that travels though to the end get heated up pretty quickly. That is why the bitter taste sticks in the mouth longer after every puff. Nearing the end, the bitter smoke intensifies and continues to leave a strong sourly taste in the mouth that for some can be quiet off.

This cigar is a not bad smoke, but it is another example of a Marketing based released. I wasn't expecting something "wow" from this cigar but more of an experience to compare with other Juan Lopez productions. I am just not impressed with the size but its a nice casual smoke and surely needs to be paired with a drink! I also think chocolate would be something to consider with the Juan Lopez Selección No.3.


Lastly, I have chosen the Nespresso Capriccio to match the Juan Lopez Selección No.3. Its intensity (4) and light roast offers a sweet cereal taste with a very light acidity to balance the sour bitterness of the cigar.

Enjoy!