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Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Barberpole

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
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Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Barberpole

 

 

 

 

What do you get when you combine the wrappers of a Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Habano and Mexican San Andrés Maduro? A JSK Toothpick 2.0 Barberpole!

Production consisted of 1,000 cigars produced with 100 of the original production being sent to the cigar smoking world championship in Sweden on June 1, as seen exclusively on (Insert Joke) ESPN 8 “The Ocho”. 

We spoke to owner Ristie “Buc” Riatevski via FB messenger he told Cigar Smoke “It’s a combo of booth toothpicks with the same wrappers, people say its the first Cuban sandwich press hybrid, meaning, part Long filler and part clippings from the regular Jas Sum Kral production that offers a unique complexity”.

Currently JSK Toothpicks are available in the USA, Sweden, Norway, and a few Asian countries. 

 

 

JSK Toothpicks 2.0 are offered in one size:

  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Wrapper: Habano and Mexican San Andrés Maduro or both
  • Box count: 50
  • MSRP: $6.50

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The JSK Toothpick barberpole has a lighter shade of San Andrés Maduro and Habano creating a barberpole effect showing some tooth, vein and visible seam.

Available in the Robusto format at 5 x 50 it has a triple rounded Maduro cap and a wide open foot.

One band sits on the cigar with off setting colors of black and white reading “TOOTHPICK 2.0” in black font on a white background in front of a shield topped with black crown.

Along both sides have 2 rampant lions in ornate design adding a regal look about the Motif giving credence to the statement “I AM KING”.

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

The cold draw produced flavors of dried fruit, earth and light caramel.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of charred wood produced a mild bitterness.

The blend settles in quickly with creamy leather, milk chocolate, rich cedar and malt.

A light creamy nougat and hazelnut occupy the background profile.

The spicy element is in the form of a MED peppered cinnamon.

The retro-hale is producing a light white pepper evolving into a finish of light glazed sugar.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the flavor profile increases as creamy leather, chocolate, cedar and malt are up front and on point off the transitioning wrappers.

The background profile sees an appearance of coffee with rich hazelnut.

A cinnamon spice remains consistent with a background keeping the Toothpick 2.0 barberpole at MED bodied.

The retro-hale increases to FULL white pepper with a finish of burnt toffee and sugar.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the draw opens up as the previous two stages produced notable resistance.

Core flavors of rich cedar, creamy leather and malt are up front and on point.

Background flavors of coffee and hazelnut bring a distinct and consistent creaminess to the blend.

The spicy element of peppered cinnamon has morphed into a MED leather bite.

The retro-hale has remained FULL since the second half with pepper evolving into a long finish of sugar and cinnamon similar to glazed fruit.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction on the JSK Toothpick barberpole with a solid firm pack. Both wrappers maintained integrity without separation or cracks. No palpable soft spots or blemishes.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of wrappers, binder and filler with a razor sharp burn line. A thick circular carbon line was visible.

 

• ASH: Grey with a black marbling effect the Ash was thick and compact holding an inch-plus requiring a bit of force to tap off.

 

• CUT: Both examples were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: The draw had a bit more resistance than I prefer! Both examples opened up after the second half, however the draw on the vitolas never reached wide open.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED Bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Getting the best of both cigars the Toothpick 2.0 barber-pole was an alternating flavor bomb of creamy leather and hazelnut from the Habano wrapper, while the Mexican San Andrés Maduro added distinct flavors of milk chocolate and nougat producing a complex flavor profile.

Construction was solid however, the resistance in the first duration was more than I prefer but opening up a bit in the second half.

As for the overall performance and flavor I’m hoping this becomes a regular production offering.

Despite slight draw issues the cigar was very tasty and extremely enjoyable.

Bundle or Box worthy? Absolutely if any actually exist.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Barberpole 

Cigars for review: 1 sample provided by Jas Sum Kral, 1 sample acquired in trade

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: San Andrés Maduro and Habano

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Ometepe, Esteli and Jalapa 

Factory: Tabacalera Aragon S.A. Nicaragua

Production: 1,000 cigars 

Information: Jas Sum Kral (Riste Riatevski)

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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