J Fuego Edicion de Familia Box-Pressed Toro
A little while ago our main man Paul gave his quick take on a prerelease sample of the J Fuego Edicion de Familia robusto here. We first announced this cigar back in March here and according to Jesus the Edicion de Familia is wrapped in a 10-year old sun grown Sumatran wrapper and is his first foray into the higher priced premium cigar marketplace. The EDF as reported by us is due to ship on November 15th, but the first shipment has already been released early at this years Foxtoberfest for Fox Cigar Bar in Gilbert, AZ. We were on hand at this great event and were able to smoke a few of these great cigars with Jesus himself. So without further adieu I give you our full assessment of the Edicion de Familia.
The first thing I noticed about the EDF is its milk chocolate wrapper. It is a little bit toothy, but has minimal oils on the wrapper. Inspecting the body of the cigar reveals a firm packing and taking in the aroma of the foot yields a sweet hay and raisin note with a secondary back note of tea. Clipping the cap with my guillotine cutter revealed a smooth draw with only a slight bit of resistance.
The second thing that I noticed about the Edicion de Familia was that it started of with some bitterness rather than an initial spice burst. I was expecting a fair amount of spice, but it definitely was more of a bitter note. The bitterness quickly fades though and some sweet raisin and cocoa notes start to develop. These notes take over and from there on through the midpoint a good amount of the cigar is a sweet enjoyable ride. Only towards the back third does the cigar transition to more of a mushroom note. Overall the cigar is creamy, smooth, and enjoyable.
The J Fuego Edicion de Familia is definitely a well rounded smoke. Elegant in fact comes to mind when I think about it. Is the EDF like his other cigars? Not really. The Edicion de Familia really is in a league of its own. It sits around a medium + in strength and definitely has a great flavor profile of sweet cocoa, hints of raisin, and some earthy notes that are mushroom like in character. Overall its a solid entry in the J Fuego lineup and it is certainly a solid cigar entry in this new price point category for the company. Jesus is an affable fellow who clearly cares about his product and the customers who smoke it. This attention to detail has created a solid portfolio for Jesus, and the Edicion de Familia will find a welcomed spot in his great lineup. So if you like a smooth smoke with a great flavor profile, then definitely give the J Fuego Edicion de Familia box-pressed toro a chance when it hits a market near you!