Team Cigar Review: J.C. Newman Yagua

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Cigar Details: J.C. Newman Yagua

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: J.C. Newman PENSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $7.50
  • Release Date: August 2020
  • Source: J.C. Newman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

With the bundling process for the J.C. Newman Yagua, each cigar will have a unique shape and the one I’m reviewing has a diamond shape to it. The wrapper is medium brown and has a couple of raised and squiggly veins present. The seams are a bit raised while the head is finished off with a well applied set of caps. The band is red, gold and white and has a very nice vintage look to it. The aroma from the wrapper is wood, light stone fruit sweetness and light ammonia. The foot brings stewed fruit and wood. The pre-light draw is stewed raisin and baking spice along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a triple cap, the J.C. Newman Yagua is softly pressed and this particular offering is hexagon in shape. There are few veins present throughout and those present are medium in size. It is smooth in texture and has a dark Maduro coloring with some dark Colorado Maduro aspect as well. I am picking up an aroma of rich earth, cocoa, wood and tobacco on the foot, and the same goes for the wrapper.

Pre-light Experience

The J.C. Newman Yagua has an almost oval shape from the pressing. Examining the wrapper, it has a rustic, lumpy, mottled look to it. Aromas from the wrapper included spicy cedar and leather. From the foot, dry hay bales.

Pre-light Experience

The J.C. Newman Yagua has a very rustic look. From the protruding veins to rough seams, and even the band, it’s quite rustic all around. The obvious aspect of this cigar is the unique pyramid-like shape, which is very cool. Aromas from the wrapper tells hay and black tea. Aromas from the foot give baking spices, vegetation and light white pepper. Cold draw reveals dried black tea leaves, dehydrated instant noodles and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with slightly damp wood, baking spice and subtle stone fruit sweetness. At a quarter inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is dry earth, wood and baking spice. At an inch in, some earth joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is damp wood, earth, mustiness and subtle stone fruit sweetness. The strength was right at medium.

First Third

The first third starts out lovely and I am picking up some chocolate wafer qualities that are paired with some earth and black coffee notes. There is this coconut porter quality present on the finish, and it is a nice start to the cigar. In terms of strength and body, I would put the cigar at a medium level.

First Third

Leather and baking spices are the primary flavors to open. Fresh wood and spices settle on the my palate for the post draw. Sweetness joins the post draw as the cigar progresses. By the 20 minute mark, there’s a significant profile change. The cigar becomes more creamy and sweet with spices, earth and leather becoming accent notes. By the 30 minute mark, tropical citrus moves into the middle of the profile. Approaching the end of the first third, post draw cedar moves up to medium strength. Spices on the retrohale move back up to medium with leather undertones.

First Third

The first third has a lot of subtleties considering such a robust Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Subtleties in light red pepper spice, nuts and baking spices. Retrohaling is the best part as it highlights all the aforementioned flavors. The finish is fairly short with mainly light cedar and baking spices. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the subtle stone fruit sweetness is no longer present. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood and earth are even up front with the mustiness right behind and baking spice in the background. The retrohale is musty wood. As the third comes to a close, the baking spice has departed. The strength remains at medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar, I find some change in the flavor profile and I am getting some Whoppers flavors that are paired with peppery spice and earth. There is a hint of cocoa powder on the finish and touches of espresso as well. Like before, medium in strength and body.

Second Third

The second third kicks off with creamy cedar, supporting spices and some sweetness. On the post draw, a light plus cedar. As the cigar settles in, an astringent citrus joins the post draw. By the halfway point, chocolate has joined the retrohale which adds more complexity.

Second Third

Not much new going on within the second third. At times waves of coffee beans, but other than that it’s still the same subtleties of light red pepper, nuts and baking spices. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, it continues with the wood and earth even up front and mustiness right behind. At a half inch in, the wood gains a light bitterness and takes a bit of a lead in the profile. At an inch in, the bitterness transitions to a light char. The retrohale is musty and slightly charred wood. At an inch and a quarter, a slight mintiness joins as the cigar warms up. The cigar wrapped up with the charred wood, earth, mustiness and light mintiness. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third shows further transitioning and I am picking up some solid mocha flavors with bits of earth, peppery spices and cocoa. It has a nice finish and it is cool and delivering mocha to the end. Like the first and second third, medium in strength and body.

Final Third

The strength of the cigar is hitting me by the final third. Sweet leather drives the profile, with some sweet citrus in the retrohale as it settles in.

Final Third

The final third is pretty much the same as the second third. Light flavors of light red pepper, nuts and baking spices. The finish does lengthen a bit but it’s still the same light cedar and baking spices. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required a couple of touch-ups to stay in unison. It also went out once in the first third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

Burn was off in the samples I smoked that required the cigar to have some touch-ups. I am not surprised though with what the cigar went through when being bound.

Burn

Undoubtedly the worst burn performance I’ve had on a cigar review to date. Re-lights were required in the first third, second third, again in the second third and in the last third.

Burn

The thick broadleaf wrapper proved to be an issue as it struggled to burn correctly pretty much the entire time. Other than that, the cigar burned cool, gave good smoke production and ashes were solid.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug throughout. During the middle part of the cigar, frequent draws were necessary as I was getting little smoke production.

Overall

The J.C. Newman Yagua had a good start with a nice combination of flavors, but as components began dropping out in the second third, it became average and maintained that level the rest of the way. When these cigars arrived, it was easy to tell that they were very wet. After having waited over 30 days to smoke it, I would be interested in giving them even more time to see if there is an increase in the enjoyment level. Another point is the bundling process which gives each cigar its unique shape. This process will definitely provide inconsistencies in the draw you’ll experience and you can determine if this is a detriment or a kitchy uniqueness. I’ll likely return to this out of curiosity to how time may change things, but as it stands now, not something that really piqued my interest.

Draw

Draw was not bad, but I did find it to be a little too loose for my liking.

Overall

This is a cool cigar that is available at a great price. With that, there are some enjoyable flavors that are delivered throughout. I was not blown away by the J.C. Newman Yagua, or would really look to have a lot of them or smoke them frequently, but it is a cigar I would come back to if I wanted something fun and funky. I enjoyed the coconut porter, mocha and whopper notes that were delivered, and I found the flavor profile to be fairly consistent from sample to sample. Definitely something to check out and smoke.

Draw

The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The J.C. Newman Yagua had an interesting flavor profile, and might be one of the better Broadleaf wrapped cigars in 2020. Although the burn performance was absolutely abysmal, I will be returning to at least one more Yagua to see how it compares to the review experience. Given the nature of how these cigars are made, I expected there would be some significant variability in the draw, burn and even the flavor performance. Total smoking time was a generous 2 hours and 33 minutes.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug but in the long scheme of things, a non-issue.

Overall

The J.C. Newman Yagua was an average tasting experience. For a wrapper that is supposed to give big and deep flavors, the Yagua falls short of that. It had light flavors of red pepper spice, nuts and baking spices. None of what I think of a good Connecticut broadleaf (chewy, chocolate, viscous). Wonderful packaging and cigar shape but the flavors fall short. As such, a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.36

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$1.40

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.92

Cost/Point

$1.27

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.42

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  • Nathan Wilkerson - December 14, 2020 reply

    I’m a fan of JC Newman cigars but haven’t gotten my hands on one of these yet. Looking forward to it, but I’ll give them a few months box time before trying one out. Great review!

  • Tim McCabe - December 17, 2020 reply

    Looking forward to trying one of these. Good luck everyone.

  • Quinton Nation - December 18, 2020 reply

    You guys continue to deliver quality reviews.

  • Bob Langmaid - December 18, 2020 reply

    Excellent article! Thanks for the prize opportunity!!

  • Chayse - December 20, 2020 reply

    I’m a huge fan of some of the JC sticks but need to explore the brand more and these sound in my wheelhouse dispute the burn issues. As long as it burns till the last third in content!

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