J&D Temptation Maduro Toro

18 Jul

The J & D Cigar Company was founded by David Insignares and Jorge Gil, a team with many years of experience in the tobacco industry. You can find out more about J & D Cigar Company and their new Temptation line by visiting their website at

Recently, I was contacted by David Insignares on Facebook about reviewing their new Temptation line. I was sent 4 each of their Temptation Maduro and Habano Claro cigars. I have smoked three of the Maduros prior to this review. A review on the Habano Claro will be posted in the coming weeks.

Size: 6.5 x 54Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Body: Medium-Full

The pre-light aroma is very earthy with notes of sweetness. The pre-light draw has notes of wood and earth. The wrapper has some tooth and a few visible veins, and is mostly firm to the touch.
First Third
The cigar has a perfect draw from the start. It displays very earthy flavors with warm notes of salted nuts and slight hints of wood. I also detect a touch of sweetness every once in awhile. There are some light notes of pepper on the finish. The ash appears flaky, but holds on solidly despite the breeze until I tap it off at the end of the first third.
Second Third
Roasted coffee flavors become dominant as I smoke into the second third. There is still a bit of saltiness, but not as prominent as in the first third. There are notes of wood and bolder flashes of black pepper on the finish. The burn becomes a bit uneven during the second third, but corrects itself without intervention halfway through. The ash still continues to appear flaky, but holds on nicely and once again taps off very easily at the end of the second third of the smoke.
Final Third
The flavors in the final third of this smoke are a return to the earthy and the salty, nutty flavors that I experienced at the start of the cigar. I also detect light notes of coffee. The finish continues to be woodsy and peppery. The strength, which has been a solid medium throughout the smoke, picks up to a medium-full during the final third. The ash appears more robust now, and the burn has been perfect since it self-corrected in the previous third. The draw has been excellent throughout the smoke.
This cigar would make a great after-dinner smoke. With the salty and woodsy flavors, a smoky scotch would go well with this cigar. A sweeter spirit would complement the salty, nutty flavors in this cigar as well.
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Review


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