Black Abyss for JR Cigars; Cigar review

abyssThe Black Abyss is a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco for JR cigars. The cigar is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic.

Black Abyss is available in four vitolas: Banshee – (5 x 50), CERBERUS – (6 x 60), Hydra (6 x 52 (torpedo)) and Wraith – (6 x 52). The cigars are sold in boxes of 20.

I received one cigar of each size for review purposes from the manufacturer. I smoked all but the 6×60 for two reasons; 1) I really don’t care for that size and 2) I don’t think 6 x 60 is a good representation of a cigars blend.

The blend for the Black Abyss is comprised of a San Andres Maduro wrapper, a Coroji binder and a combination of Cuban Seed Criollo 98/Olor/Dominicano/Piloto Cubano fillers.

The Maduro wrapper is dark brown in color with minimal veins and visible seams. I picked up on aromas of sweet tobacco and hay from the wrapper and earthy, sweet aromas on the finished foot with slight amount of ammonia. The cigar had a smoothly applied cap and was firm to the touch.

I clipped the cap and gave the cigar a pre-light draw. There was some resistance to the draw and a raisin flavor from the filler tobaccos.

During the first third of the Black Abyss, I felt a strong peppery spice sensation in my sinuses during the exhale and mostly basic tobacco flavor with a slightly bitter finish on my palate.

While in the second third, the spice sensation remained the same and the tobacco flavors became stronger on my palate with a longer, lingering finish.

The final third of this cigar had a much stronger spice sensation that tingled my nose on the exhale. On my palate there were strong notes of pepper and tobacco that coated my palate. The finish was strong and lingering.

The cigar developed a firm, tight white ash that lasted a good 2 inches before falling off for the first time. The burn line was even with a thin carbon ring. The Black Abyss produced a good amount of satisfying smoke.

I would consider this cigar to be medium to full strength and full bodied. It had excellent qualities and flavors and I enjoyed the smoking experience. On a 100 point scale, I would rate this cigar as a 90.

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2 responses to “Black Abyss for JR Cigars; Cigar review

  1. Did that bitter finish you mentioned show up throughout the smoke, or just during the first third?
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