J. Fuego Origen Maduro Original
I met Jesus Fuego nearly a decade ago in Danli Honduras on a retailer trip with Rocky Patel. He is a very amiable guy who has some serious chops when it comes to cultivating and processing tobacco, not to mention blending and manufacturing cigars. He also plays a mean game of water-volleyball in his tighty whities, but that is a story (and photo) for another time. Be nice to me Jesus or that photo might just make it onto facebook. Do you remember when the Rocky Patel Edge and Vintage came out? They took the market by storm because they were original, good cigars and well priced. I have it on good authority that Jesus was largely responsible for those blends. He definitely oversaw their production.
For several years now, Jesus has been blending and manufacturing his own cigars and they all have at least one thing in common. Value. When you smoke a J. Fuego it’s easy to forget how little you paid for it.
A few years ago he released a curious little 5-pack of rather crude looking small cigars called Originals in his Origen blend. I remember how excited he was when he handed me one at an event, to get my opinion on them before he released them to the public. He said that this was the format he used to test new blends and that a friend of his tried one and said “You should make these and sell them.”
Ever the entrepreneur and marketer, Jesus immediately recognized the value of the Origen format as a commuter stick, dog walker, throw-down size that customers could toss in a pocket. Subsequently, he followed with the “original” in nearly all of his blends and as a retailer, I can tell you they sell like hotcakes!
That said, you shouldn’t expect the Origen Maduro Originals to smoke as well as a traditional vitola.
As stated in the title, this is a review of the new Origen Maduro Original so here goes.
The samples were slightly over moist and difficult to keep lit, the wrapper has an attractive rich brown hue with reddish undertones. A chocolaty sweetness combined with earth and leather. They are open on both ends so no cut was needed, but be careful to get the right end in your mouth or they will unravel. If you want to know more about the tobaccos in the blend or how they smoke in a toro, please read the fine, full review on this site by Anthony Cantelmo.
At about $11-$14 a 5-pack (depending on your geographical locale), don’t over analyze it. The Origen Maduro Originals are what they are. A good way to squeeze in an extra smoke when you don’t have much time, or something to throw in your pocket when you go to a party and you don’t want to pass out ten dollar sticks to guys who will only smoke the first third of a robusto and leave the rest in the ashtray.
I like them for that and I’ll put some in my humidor along with the other Originals which are always there for such occasions.