Tonight after a rainy day here in Toronto I decided to smoke the single cigar I purchased from La Casa Del Habano (LCDH) store in Yorkville Ave in Toronto. Juan Lopez Seleccion No 2 is a less known Cuban cigar and not as famous as Cohibas and Montecristos which are Cuban flagship brands. I got this cigar after seeing high ratings in cigar magazine and also being suggested by a friend who recently purchased a box. Price for a single was $19.00.
Last week when I walked into the LCDH humidor in Yorkville and asked for this cigar they showed me a box from ENE 07 (January 07) which had great looking cigars. All cigars looked dark, packed foot with excellent construction. I picked one and actually clipped it in the store to make sure I would not have a draw problem. As expected from the looks of the cigar the draw was great with little resistance.
Tonight I paired this cigar with a cup of coffee which I think brought out allot of great flavors. Burn was good and cigar started with explosion of flavors with mostly floral undertones at the first third. Second third was woodsy with little spice but continued to be a very enjoyable cigar. I must admit the most enjoyable part of smoking this cigar was the ash which held throughout the 45 minute and I never had to ash it, even once.
I highly recommend this cigar if you like Robusto size and have not tried any of the Juan Lopez line of cigar. Not sure how much of aging potential this cigar has but again this is one of the Cuban cigars out there that smokes well out of the box.