I smoked two Jaxx LT for this review. I received these cigars as a giveaway prize on Cigar Federation. These are La Sirena cigars, and will be rebranded as such when the current supply runs out.
-Country – Honduras (Plasencia factory)
-Wrapper – Ecuadorian Connecticut
-Binder – Nicaraguan
-Filler – Honduran, Nicaraguan
-Size – Corona 5 1/2 x 46 (Although only Robusto, Toro, and Gran Toro are officially listed)
-Price – $8
The Jaxx LT has a picture perfect Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. It is light brown with zero veins, and the capillaries crisscross smoothly over the entire cigar. The band (appropriately enough) has some six-pointed jacks on the left of the “Jaxx” logo, and the four jacks from a deck of cards are on the right side. The fill is firm with a little give, and the foot has a light barnyard aroma.
Right off the bat I get a sweet, smooth, creamy smoke. There is a little bit of sweet spice through the nose, like a cinnamon sugar mixture. At the one-inch mark the spice through the retro-hale dies down, but the sweetness remains. The finish is very short, but I don’t mean that as a negative. Sweetness can be a nuisance if it lingers on the palate, but the Jaxx’s flavors disappear the moment the smoke leaves my mouth. As for the draw on these cigars, it’s perfect! Just the slightest bit of resistance lets me know I’m smoking something, but isn’t too loose as to overheat the tobacco.
Into the second third a nice cedar woodiness appears. The spice has lost its sweetness, and the overall body is picking up towards the medium range. The burn is consistent, but uneven. One side lags a half inch behind the rest of the burn line, which makes me want to constantly touch it up. The strength has remained mild, with no indication of picking up anytime soon. The sweetness peeks in now and again, especially on the retro-hale, as if to remind me of the first third and (hopefully) to foreshadow more to come in the final third.
Hooray for foreshadowing! The sweetness returns in an amazing way. Burnt marshmallow is the best way to describe it. Sugary sweet, but not cloyingly so, with that woodiness in the background. Also, a bit of grass is detectable in this third. That is usually a dominant flavor in Connecticut cigars that I don’t enjoy, so the fact that the Jaxx LT doesn’t show it much is something I really appreciate. The finish is a little longer now, probably due to the woodiness, but isn’t ashy or foul in any way. With an inch left, the smoke starts getting too warm, but the final nub is firm and only slightly hot.
This is an excellent example of a modern Connecticut-wrapped cigar. The flavors are noticeable, especially that little bit of spice, and the grassiness in minimal. While I enjoy this smoke in the morning, anything more than coffee would overpower it. The burn requires a bit of attention, which definitely affects the enjoyability of smoking this cigar. That said, I love the sweetness it brings to the table, and the low nicotine makes for an excellent morning stogie.
Flavor – Medium
Strength – Mild
Body – Mild to Medium
Construction – OK
An enthusiast might enjoy these in the morning, but any other time of day they will probably want something with a bit more “oomph” in terms of body and strength. However, the novice will definitely appreciate these, and the Jaxx LT just might encourage someone to look closer at the world of cigars and start trying out more sticks. For those reasons, I give it a…
2.75 out of 5