Jas Sum Kral is the brand of Riste Riatevski, an American cigar aficionado with Macedonian roots and that’s where the name comes from. He met up with master blender Noel Rojas, owner of Tabacalera NOA in Esteli, Nicaragua. At the time of writing the review Jas Sum Kral only exists in one blend called Red Knight. I smoked a toro, the first size that was released and it blew me away so imagine my happiness when I learned the cigar would be released in my favorite vitola, a lancero.
The filler of this 7×38 lancero is a secret but the binder is half Mexican San Andres and half Jalapa seco with an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper. The wrapper has a reddish glow but it’s not rosado as far as I know, it’s shiny too with a few small veins. The band is very detailed. The foot is folded and the cigar is topped with a beautiful pigtail. There is a mild earthy aroma coming from the cigar, the construction feels good. The cold draw is perfect and I taste a mix of raisin and white pepper.
First flavor I get is a burned flavor, but not harsh. After a few puffs the cigar changes a little bit, the burned flavor is pushed to the back and replaced by a buttery cream and a little lemon in the aftertaste. After three quarters of an inch I taste a nice woody flavor.
After a third I still taste the wood, creamy in structure and with a bit of honey sweetness. The flavors intensify and a hint of coffee is added. Halfway I’m getting spices too, a little pepper and some nutmeg. The pepper is nice and not overpowering like so often happens so often. After two thirds the wood returns but now with an increasing pepper.
The ash is white, dense but not to firm. I get a good amount of thick white smoke. The burn is sharp but it’s a lancero and that’s always a fine line between puffing to hard and destroying the cigar of having to relight it once in a while, I had to relight. The draw is just as I like it, not too tight and not to tight either. This cigar has some smoothness, it’s flavorful and strong yet not overpowering and it’s dynamic. The build up is fantastic. The smoke time is two hours and forty minutes
Would I buy this cigar again? Got myself a box of 20, will refill when empty!
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 9