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JML 1902 Coronita


I’m on a bit of a Luis Sanchez kick. I reviewed the LTC Deluxe Anniversary two weeks ago, and today I have a more recent release from Sanchez-Romay, the JML 1902 Coronita. Big thanks to Jesse at Cigar Jack, who turned me on to these with his intriguing review last May.

Two words: Pennsylvania Broadleaf. And not just a little bit of it buried in the filler blend, either. This cigar is wrapped in PABL. The old Purofino Dom from the 90s (anyone remember those?) used a PABL binder, but I’ve never run across a premium brand using this wrapper. The filler is Dominican and the binder is Honduran.

The JML 1902, named in honor of Luis Sanchez’ grandfather, Jose M. Losa, debuted at last year’s R.T.D.A. show. The first thing I noticed upon cracking open my bundle was that these wrappers are, well, ugly. They’re not particularly veiny, but ruddy in texture and streaky in color. Nut brown with streaks of black. Maybe this is why we don’t run into more PA wrapper?

Not that it matters, but the bands are curious as well. Luis has taken great care in producing band and box art for his other brands, but he obviously punted on these.

Despite the dainty name, the Coronita is healthy-sized corona at 5.75″ x 44. It clips and lights without a hitch. The initial flavors are what you’d expect from a broadleaf — a healthy dose of pepper with woody undertones. First I detect a bit of dry cocoa on the finish. Again, typical of a broadleaf.

But then things get interesting, as the finish develops flavors I usually associate with an Ecuador sungrown — slightly sweet, caramelized, even bready. While the base pepper and wood notes are always present, the highlight of this smoke is the middle third, where there is a pronounced cookie dough note on a long finish.

It’s at this point I also notice the aroma is warmer and toastier than a CTBL. Typically, I find broadleaf maduros to have a sharp, occasionally obnoxious aroma. Not the case here.

The power picks up notably on the final third, as the sweetness on the finish fades and pepper begins to dominate. It ends where it began, but considerably stronger and with some fleeting dark coffee notes.

CONCLUSION: The JML 1902 Coronita starts and finishes like a classic CTBL, but the 30-minutes in between are a robust, interesting hybrid between CTBL and SG. In other words, the PA Broadleaf wrapper is more than just a novelty. These lack the sophisticated presentation I’m accustomed to seeing from Sanchez-Romay, but this under-the-radar brand delivers where it counts — flavor, burn properties and value ($57.00 per bundle/20!).



1 Tom aka 'cigarfan' { 04.21.08 at 8:35 pm }

Thanks for an enlightening review! Sometime last year, when I went on an LTC kick, I read about JML and its Pennsylvania wrapper. I think I had a xenophobic reaction and decided to avoid what looked like a dangerous experiment. I should know better after loving every LTC I’ve tried so far, but now I have no excuse. Cookie dough? I fear no cookie dough!

2 Cigar Inspector { 04.22.08 at 12:42 am }

I see you’re a wine lover too :)
I am a big fan of red Bordeaux.

3 Kevin { 04.22.08 at 3:13 am }

Tom: Fear no cookie dough! :) At first, you’ll just think you bought the world’s most unsightly CTBL, but then it marches off in a slightly different direction. Impossible to know if it’s the wrapper, really good blending, or both. It’s a fun little smoke! I need to experiment with a bigger ring on this one. - K

4 Kevin { 04.22.08 at 3:22 am }

Denis: My girlfriend is the wine drinker, actually. She has the more sophisticated palate. I just decided to benefit from her cork collection. :) She’s on a big Malbec kick. - K

5 Cigar Jack { 08.18.08 at 7:36 am }

This isn’t definitely not the prettiest wrapper I’ve ever seen, but I really enjoy this cigar especially in the smaller sizes. The Churchills I had were a bit much for me.

6 Kevin { 08.18.08 at 7:51 am }

The Coronita is the only size I’ve tried so far. I’ve been meaning to pick up a bundle of the mini torps. Hoping the thicker ring gauge doesn’t spoil the balance.

7 Mysterioso Maduro Enigma — The Box Press { 08.24.08 at 9:52 am }

[…] The Mysterioso debuted at the 2003 R.T.D.A. show. The 5″ x 50 Enigma is a box pressed robusto with a slightly mottled and gritty wrapper. In this sense, the CTBL looks more like the PABL wrapper found on the JML 1902. […]

8 Cranker68 { 09.18.08 at 10:48 am }

Where can I pick these up? Looked online, have found nada so far…

9 Kevin { 09.18.08 at 11:14 am }
10 Sabor Cubano Corona Gorda — The Box Press { 10.08.08 at 9:52 pm }

[…] praised upon Luis Sanchez in previous reviews of his La Tradicion Cubana Deluxe Ann’y and JML 1902. Today, I’m revisiting a brand from his original portfolio, the Sabor […]

11 Cranker68 { 10.10.08 at 6:23 am }

Thanks Kevin… and apologies for the delayed thanks! I like the site.

12 Kevin { 10.10.08 at 7:25 am }

No worries. Glad I could be helpful, and thanks for reading!

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