Team Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two

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Cigar Details: Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Habano Criollo
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera Real de Felipe Gregorio
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.25
  • Release Date: August 2019
  • Source: Jeremy Jack

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two is medium brown with some darker marbling and a few decently raised veins. The seams are smooth but easily visible as the leaf has a darker color on the edges. The head is finished off with a triple cap where the bottom cap has a raised vein that protrudes all the way to the top of the head. The cigar has two bands with the primary carrying the traditional design for the brand but in a black, red and white color combination. The secondary strip band has the same color combination and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet cedar while the foot brings wood and light bubble gum sweetness. The pre-light draw is very interesting as it brings a combination of spice cake and wood. There is also a mid-level spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two is double banded, with the primary band indicating Jeremy Jack and the secondary band underneath indicating JJ Forty Two. The cigar wrapper is an appealing chocolate brown color. Aromas from the cigar include sweet cedar and faint chocolate. Raspberries and plum are present in the foot. Inspecting the cigar, the roll appears to be quite tightly packed at the cap and band.

Pre-light Experience

The Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two has an incredibly oily Dominican Habano Criollo wrapper. Even in this cloudy weather, the shine is bright. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper gives hay and dried nuts. Nosing the foot tells dried jammy plums, cedar and hay. Cold draw gives jammed apricots, cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, black pepper and mustiness. At a half inch in, the black pepper has eased up a bit. The retrohale begins with a pepper zing and then shows the wood and mustiness. At an inch in, the wood and mustiness are even while the black pepper is in the background. As the third comes to a close, the wood becomes more defined as oak and remains even with the mustiness while the pepper remains in the background and has a long finish. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

Sweet, creamy cedar to open the first third. Baking spices and graham cracker both join the middle of the flavor profile immediately afterwards. Those baking spices have a black pepper bite to them, roughly light plus in strength. The graham cracker moves up quickly to medium strength. Once the first third has settled in, a sour citrus takes up residence in the middle of the flavor profile.

First Third

The first third’s flavor profile is fairly one dimensional. It’s mainly about spice and earth with a zippy red pepper spice and generic dry wood. There is a softness in bread but it’s a bit far reaching. Retrohaling brings the red pepper spice front and center but there is also a nice creamed nuttiness paired. The finish is a mixture of tapered red pepper spice and dry wood near the rear palate. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with a continuation of the musty oak with black pepper in the background. At a half inch in, the black pepper has become very light. The retrohale is now just musty oak. At an inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. The third finishes with musty oak and a very faint black pepper as the creaminess has left the profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

Graham cracker and cedar comprise the retrohale, with dry cedar on the post draw. As the second third settles in, that cedar starts to define the profile. Later, tannins come through on the post draw, and by the bottom half take over the middle of the flavor profile.

Second Third

I feel the same way about the second third as the first third. It’s still pretty one dimensional with red pepper spice and generic dry wood. There is less influence spice so it does meld better with the dry wood, but nonetheless fairly one dimensional. Strength and body maintains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty oak and light black pepper. At a half inch in, a light creaminess has rejoined the profile. The retrohale remains just musty oak. At an inch in, the cigar warms up and brings some bitterness to the oak. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

Tannic cedar as the cigar moves into the last third. Sweet cedar and light spices on the retrohale. Dry cedar still makes up the post draw. As the last third settles in, that tannic cedar also moves into the middle of the profile and sets up shop.

Final Third

Unfortunately, the way I feel about the final third is how I felt about the previous two thirds. Monotone with red pepper spice and generic dry wood. The strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was wavy throughout and required a touch-up at one point to keep things in line. The cigar also went out once in the first third, twice in the second third and once in the final third requiring re-lights.

Burn

The burn had some challenges at times, with the wrapper burning unevenly. A canoe developed at the halfway point of the first third requiring a touch-up. A canoe formed again in the last third requiring a second touch-up.

Burn

Burn performance was overall very good. Only negative resulted from a wavy burn and some flaky ashes. Never a touch-up, burning temperature was cool and ash marks were fairly solid.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with wood, black pepper and mustiness. Towards the end of the third, the wood became more defined as oak. From the second third on, some creaminess popped in and out and towards the end the cigar warmed up and brought some bitterness to the oak. The burn was a big problem with multiple re-lights required and strength was medium most of the way. The Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two had an average flavor profile throughout with just the oak, mustiness and black pepper as the components. The burn issues seem to be a trend with the 2019 releases from the brand. Probably not something I’ll be in a hurry to revisit unless the burn issues can get under control to see if better construction can provide a more flavorful experience.

Draw

The draw was quite resistant, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches in the resistant spectrum. As observed in the pre-light, the cigar was quite firm at the band and cap.

Overall

The Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two showed promise in the first third, with flavors of baking spices, creamy cedar, graham cracker and elements of pepper. Unfortunately, the cigar struggled to have a defining flavor profile for the remainder of the review, and was almost entirely defined by cedar. I’ve often times been critical of cigars with a blend that is largely comprised of Dominican tobacco. The JJ Forty Two is an example of where the cigar blend failed to establish an identity, and as a result came away as a generic experience. Given the resistant nature of the draw, I was surprised the cigar smoked as quickly as it did, with a total smoking time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.

Draw

Perfect draw, giving the best possible air flow.

Overall

The Jeremy Jack JJ Forty Two was an overall average flavor profile and overall smoking experience. The cigar lacked depth and was linear the entire time. It would have helped quite a bit to have breaks from the earth and spice formula of red pepper spice and generic dry wood. Specifically, help from some sweetness and fruit would have made a big impact. I may go back to this from time to time to gauge if the profile becomes less monotone.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.25

Cost/Point

$1.76

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$1.70

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.64

Scoring System

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