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Cigar Review: Island Jim San Andrés Maduro

Island Jim San Andrés Maduro

 

 

 

Oscar Valladares in his Danli, Honduras factory and the Island Jim duo (the same dream team responsible for LEAF cigars) came up with an idea for an original blend, known simply as “Island Jim No. 2“.

The cigar was originally created as a house cigar for Island Jim Robinson’s Leaf & Bean located in the Strip District Pittsburgh.

Since that cigar was such a hit they changed up the wrapper and created the Island Jim San Andres Maduro.

This cigar is currently made only in one size, 6 1/2 x 52 Torpedo and called the #2 as the cigar looks like a #2 pencil.

The cigar is currently available for purchase nation wide.

 

 

 

Island Jim San Andrés Maduro on display at the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas NV. 

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Mexican San Andrés wrapper is dark coffee bean in color with accents of a light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut around the pencil tip cap.

At 6 1/2 x 52 it’s rolled in the Torpedo format with heavy tooth, vein and light seam.

The foot is notably shaggy with a tapered open cap.

One label sits on the vitola with Island Jim wearing a Mexican sombrero reading “San Andrés” with colors of the Mexican flag.

Clad in signature yellow sunglasses the bottom reads “ISLAND JIM” in gold on a red wood background. The back of the band reads “Oscar Valladares Tobacco Co.”

The label is a gruff portrait of Jim Robinson, whom the cigar is named after “Island Jim Robinson” who made his first appearance on Eddie Ortega’s Wild Bunch in 2013.

Island Jim still looks like he’s ready for the next Jimmy Buffet concert and would fit right in a crowd of Parrot heads sporting a distressed looking hat, Hawaiian shirt and dark glasses complete with stogie in mouth “Wahoo”.

Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate, coffee and sweet cedar.

The cold draw produced flavors of sweet floral, earth, oak and leather.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT 

 

An aroma of brownies fill the air off the toasted foot. Immediate flavors of rich nuts off the shaggy foot for a few minutes before wrapper combustion is achieved.

Once the San Andrés wrapper kicks in there are flavors of sweet chocolate, mocha, assorted roasted nuts and creamy nougat.

Sweet floral and mild clove appear in the background with a light table pepper dusting.

The retro-hale is producing a mild burn of sweet cinnamon spice through the nose accompanied by a long finish of milk chocolate.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

Heading into the second half the combination of the San Andrés Maduro wrapper and Honduran filler is producing a base of sweet chocolate, almonds, café mocha and creamy nougat with every draw.

Floral and clove remain consistent in the background with a spicy element of MILD to MED black pepper balancing in with the sweet flavors of the cigar.

The retro-hale increases in strength with a brown cinnamon burn through the nose evolving into a finish of chocolate.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third core flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee and creamy nougat are up front and on point.

The background has remained consistent with floral and clove balancing in with all aforementioned flavors.

The spicy element has decreased to a light black table pepper as most of the sweet flavors have taken over the blend.

The retro-hale has remained consistent since first light with a burn of brown cinnamon spice evolving into a long finish of milk chocolate.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Very well constructed the firm feel of the Island Jim San Andrés Maduro was flawless. The shaggy foot provided a few minutes of filler only that was predominantly nutty. No cracks, blemishes or soft spots throughout.

 

• BURN: Continuous combustion of wrapper, binder and filler.

 

• ASH: The light grey ash was thick and smooth and held an inch-plus. The shaggy portion of the foot was loose dusty and fell on it’s own.

 

• CUT: All three examples were clipped at the pencil tip, although not necessary I prefer a wider cut for a wider open draw. The Island Jim San Andrés Maduro comes pre-cut.

 

• DRAW: Adequate draw producing copious amounts of creamy aroma filled smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: MEDIUM bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

I was first introduced to the Island Jim #2 in 2015 and have enjoyed many since then.

Debuting at the 2018 IPCPR the evolution of the project produced a very smooth, chocolate, nougat and coffee base with the addition of the Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

Straight forward it produced identical identifiable flavors in all three examples smoked for review.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Island Jim San Andrés Maduro

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for standard review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 1/2 x 52 (Torpedo)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro, Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduras 

Filler: Honduras

Production: Regular

Blender: Oscar Valladares

Country of origin: Country of origin: Danlí, Honduras

Factory: Factory: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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