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Big Johnny cigar review by Don José

Welcome back to another review!
Its Sunday, the sun is out and I have some lamb in the Webber for a 6hr braising... seems like an ideal time to try out the MASSIVE cigar that is the

Big Johnny by Oscar.

This cigar looks massive! I’m a big fan of the CAO Big Block which is 7x70 but this at 8x66 just looks heaps bigger! 

Heres a photo with a banana for scale....

The Big Johnny is part of The Leaf range and has been getting rave reviews, much like everything else by Oscar! Lets take a look at the stick itself

Brand Leaf by Oscar
Size 8”x66
Strength Medium
Wrapper Nicaraguan Jalapa Maduro
Binder Honduras
Filler Honduras

 

So on the surface it looks fairly similar to the Leaf Maduro, I’m sure to make the size work there are some differences but let’s get into the smoking and see how it stacks up!

Construction  9/10
Draw 9/10
Burn 8/10
Complexity  7/10
Flavour 9/10
Duration 3h8m

 

Construction and Burn

Im amazes that someone can roll a cigar this big as well as this is rolled. Burn is good, little crazy early on but hey it’s a big cigar so it’s got its work cut out. Cigar held shape well, at approx 2h45m it began to fall apart a little bit still smokable.

Draw

Remarkably good draw for a stick of its size! With the CAO Big Block it’s a hard slog to begin with as there is so much tobacco to draw through but this is a bit looser making it draw well throughout.  

Flavour and Complexity 

Not overly complex but a nice group of flavours. Mostly cocoa and earth with a subtle sweetness underlying throughout. 

Overall

Pretty damn happy with this cigar. When it comes to sticks this size it’s always a wonder if they are made as a gimmick or to actually be enjoyed and it’s safe to say this is one to enjoy. Not the type of cigar you light up if you’re in a hurry but if you have time to sit and relax and enjoy your day then this is a great option!

 

 

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