March 17, 2017

Cigar Review: Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Juan Lopez
When you are shopping for Cuban cigars, you will most likely overlook these sticks. They sell for less than most other Cubans but don't let that fool you, they are just as delicious. Named after their founder, businessman Juan Lopez Diez, they were founded in the 1870's and have remained under the radar since. The brand has always been consistent to me and delivered rich and pleasant flavors. Available in a variety of sizes the Seleccion No., or corona gorda, is my preferred size. With all corona gorda's, I believe they offer the best flavor per wrapper/filler ratio.

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1
Looking at the cigar, the wrapper is silky and light rustic brown in color. The triple cap is a little rough, but no big deal. The aroma is of wood and earth and the draw is perfect. Upon lighting you are greeted by a sweet spicy note to it, lots of cinnamon, anise and cloves, but that is just a warm up for the flavors to come. As the cigar progresses you begin to get more wood, predominately cedar, but also some nuttiness to it. I get lots of sweeter nuts like almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts, never anything fuller or less sweet. The cigar is very smooth and rich, and though it is medium in body, it is constructed in a way that makes it seem milder than it actually is.

Thole whole smoke went by very easily with no touch ups needed and the ash was a beautiful gray in color. The strength of these cigars is the consistency of them. I find that with some bigger brands such as Cohiba and Partagas, you are more likely to get a cigar which isn't as good as others. Juan Lopez cigars to me are always enjoyable and never dull. This is a great cigar for any smoker. A newcomer would love it because it is very pleasant and easy while an aficionado would love it because of the rich flavors you get with a great cigar. I give this cigar a 93, and consider it to be the best Cuban I have had all week. I look forward to tomorrow to top the week off and see which cigar was the best.