Last week I sampled the new Juan Lopez Superba RE16. Today I wanted to make a nice review of the regular production Juan Lopez No 2.
Juan Lopez No 2 is in my opinion one of the best Constructed Havanas. It has a lovely wrapper. (I Love them when they come with a dark wrapper) The construction in flavour is amazing.
The first part of this robusto 124mm x 50 is extremely woody (The regional edition one smells like nuts, this one smells sweet and woody) the first flavours are extremely lovely wood, and very sweet brown sugar notes.
The second part is very mellow on my palate, I can recognise a few small notes of almonds.
The third part is getting much more full bodied. Flavours are becoming very rich in sweet notes, some smooth white pepper notes, a bit spicy on my palate but just a little.
The draw is lovely. I cannot find any problems in this cigar. Wonderful smoke.
I would like to recommend trying this cigar with our two Stalla Dhu whiskies, if you like to combine flavours. For the first sweet part of the cigar, try our Stalla Dhu Islay; you can combine the sweetness of the cigar and a nice peaty whisky. If you would prefer to increase the sweetness, try our Stalla Dhu speyside. For the last part I would once again recommend a nice speyside. The full body of the cigar and the sweetness of this whisky is a wonderful combination.
If you want to increase the strength go for the Islay.
David, Turmeaus Liverpool.
Reviewed by Jack Schonhaut ( October 2000)
The three cigars I had were all 4 7/8 x50 with a smooth firm feel, light brown EMS color, perfect cap and a foot that looked like it was cut by a laser
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when I took the first vitola outside with a dram of Springbank 25 year old single malt. The cut was clean and it lit without and problem. A puff was all it took to start a nice stream of smoke.
An easy draw, a nice breeze and a fine scotch. The only thing missing was any flavor from the cigar. The taste wasn't harsh, it wasn't mild, it just wasn't. The ash grew to around two inches before it fell off. In fact the remaining ash held until I finally put the cigar down with less than an inch remaining. There still was no flavor to be found.
Vitola number two went to bat the following Saturday accompanied by a dram of Bowmore 22 year old Islay malt. Another perfect cut and light. Another plume of smoke after an easy draw. Another disappointment, no taste.
Victim number three was smoked the following afternoon accompanied by a cup of black coffee. Sad to say the outcome was the same as its predecessors.
These were fine looking smokes that just didn't deliver.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Thursday 29 March, 2012
Well I would start by echoing the description at the top of this page.Definitely not to be underestimated and some great,full flavour.Starting off with some lovely fruity biscuit type flavours which slowly give way to dark chocolate with an underlying,subtle vanilla.This a ballsy,full on cigar with just wonderful Cuban tobacco characteristics.If you'll bear with an analogy for a moment,comparing it to another full flavour Robusto,The BRC.The BRC will turn up at your dinner party in a tuxedo,be very nice and polite and always conduct itself with the best of decorum.This cigar will turn up in it's denim and leathers,sit down,speak it's mind and tell you exactly what it thinks.And you know what,you'll want to listen and listen again!! If you haven't tried one you really,really must!!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: Wednesday 23 March, 2011
Did not enjoy this cigar. Very uneven burn and went off TWICE.Wrapper did not match filler burn.