My friend Drew from Mercer Cigars in Merida, Mexico gave me some HJ Fig 46 cigars, custom rolled cigars made by the Cuban roller Handsome Jimmy, a level 8 roller from the Partagas factory in Havana, Cuba. Handsome Jimmy rolled those cigars from Cuban tobacco on his last trip to Mexico. But don’t worry, even though Handsome Jimmy is back in Cuba, Mercer Cigars will get a new but limited supply in every two months.
The cigar is 5¾x46 long without a band. The wrapper is medium brown, shiny and oily and the cigar has a typical Cuban smell, barnyard with some ammonia, so I guess the cigar is still quite young. The shape is unique, it has a short sharp point and is a bit oval. The predraw is fine and I taste a sharp grassy flavor.
The first flavors are coffee, earth and grass, again a sign that this cigar is still quite young. The flavors are full. I also taste some chocolate on the background. After half an inch the chocolate becomes dominant with some black pepper and grass in the aftertaste. After an inch I also get a minty freshness. Halfway the cigar gets more herbal and spicy with a mild chocolate flavor.
The chocolate disappears and I taste a lot of grass with some wood, a little bit of pepper and the freshness I mentioned before. After two thirds the cigars changes spectacularly, I taste a lot of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, the finish of this cigar really blows me away.
I got a decent amount of smoke, that started out thin but it got better along the way. The draw is flawless, and the burn is great. The ash is light colored and firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I love these, maybe a group buy sometime? And I need to try the other Mercer exclusive custom rolled cigars too.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10