Team Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Toothpicks 2.0 Habano

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Cigar Details: Jas Sum Kral Toothpicks 2.0 Habano

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera de Aragon
  • Blender: Riste Ristevski
  • Price: $6.00
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Source: Jas Sum Kral

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is light brown and has a few slightly raised veins present. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to vein placement while the head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The reversible band for the line is used and has the white portion on top for the Habano offering. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and pipe tobacco while the foot brings a slightly mellower version of the pipe tobacco. The pre-light draw is primarily hay with a light stone fruit sweetness. There is also a mild spice present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Jas Sum Kral Toothpicks 2.0 Habano has a blotched up Habano wrapper showing traces and lines of darker brown throughout. Veins are fairly well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell pungent barnyard, anise and cedar. Aromas from the foot give spicy cedar and a high level of nuttiness. Cold draw gives namely soft cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with some slightly sweet cedar and cinnamon. At a quarter inch in, some mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale shows the musty cedar. At an inch in, a slight chalkiness joins. As the third comes to a close, the cinnamon and chalkiness have left as the cedar takes on a slight toasted note to go along with the mustiness. The strength in this third is slightly below medium.

First Third

The initial half inch or so has soft cedar and light red pepper spice. Past that point, a slight meatiness forms as well as creamy milk. Retrohaling gives a good dose of elevated red pepper spice. The finish is a bit lacking giving a cedar that leaves as fast as it’s tasted. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar transitions to a general wood note but keeps the toast as some char joins in. The char has continued to build through the first half inch. At the one inch mark, the char has eased up, letting the toasted version of the wood shine a bit more. The retrohale shows the toasted wood and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, a vegetal note joins the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third is essentially the same profile with cedar and light red pepper spice being more prevalent than the meatiness and creamy milk. Strength and body is unchanged at medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the vegetal note has increased to become even with the toasted and musty wood as the char is more in the background. At a half inch in, the toasted note becomes a bit fuller. The retrohale also has the toasted wood up front with the mustiness right behind. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile maintains the toasted and musty wood up front with the char and vegetal notes slightly behind. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The last third at times has more of a cedar influence but the flavor notes are still the same (cedar, light red pepper spice, a little meatiness, creamy milk). Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was pretty straight the whole way. The only issue was the cigar requiring two re-lights in the second third. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

Aside from some flakiness in the ashes, the burn was great, providing a pretty even burn, cool burning temperature and 1.5 inch ash retention.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The Jas Sum Kral Toothpicks 2.0 Habano is a pretty serviceable cigar with a very attractive price point. The flavor profile was good in the first third and was fairly average the rest of the way. This would line up pretty well as a daily smoke since it performs better than most cigars in this price arena. The strength was right around medium the whole way, so most smokers could enjoy it. If you like musty wood with some toast and char, this will fit right in your wheelhouse. I’d be open to smoking more of these.

Aaron
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Average
GoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw was perfect, giving just the right amount of air flow.

Overall

Thinking about my overall experience with the Jas Sum Kral Toothpicks 2.0 Habano, I say it’s good. There really isn’t anything inherently bad or great about the cigar. The flavors basically hit most of the major components for me (spice, sweetness, earth). At times I felt a bit bored with the same profile, smoking it for a little over an hour. But then again, for $6 MSRP, I don’t really have an issue with this. I think if you want to just enjoy a decently tasty cigar without having to think much about it (some might call it a “yardgar”), this will fit the bill.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$1.02

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$0.89

Scoring System

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