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Stogie Reviews: J. Fuego 777 Maduro Belicoso

15 Nov 2010

Last fall, fresh off my trip to New Orleans for the 2009 IPCPR Trade Show, I reviewed the 777 Corojo, a wonderful release from master blender Jesus Fuego. I was impressed and made a commitment to better acquaint myself with the other lines of the relatively young J. Fuego brand.

That brand, J. Fuego by the Miami-based Tabacos S.A. company, was launched in 2006 with the help of the Plasencia family. It now includes the Natural, Gran Reserva, Delirium, 777 Corojo, 777 Zero, Origen, and 777 Maduro. The latter is the subject of today’s review.

Called “triple siete,” 777 Maduro is a Nicaraguan puro complete with a four-year-old criollo maduro wrapper, a corojo binder, and filler tobaccos of the corojo and criollo varieties. It is marketed as a medium- to full-bodied blend that’s satisfying to cigar veterans and approachable to cigar rookies. Five affordable frontmarks are available: Belicoso (5.5 x 54), Corona (5.5 x 46), Grande (6 x 60), Robusto (5 x 50), and Toro (6 x 52).

I picked up a handful of Belicosos at my local tobacconist for $5.75 apiece. This vitola has a sharply pointed cap, a spongy feel, and potent pre-light notes of cocoa and peppermint. Its Jalapa-grown wrapper is dark, textured, and oily.

Upon lighting, the Belicoso displays a hearty profile of leather and espresso. The finish, a long, tingly sensation, has hints of black pepper and syrup. There’s also a smooth, chocolaty creaminess present.

That creaminess comes to the forefront towards the midway point. The spiciness mellows. Here, the Belicoso is at its finest, especially as more sweet notes enter the equation, giving the cigar a classic maduro composition. That’s about where it stays until the finish.

The construction is befitting a cigar twice the price. I noticed a straight burn, a moderate draw, and a solid gray ash.

Ultimately, while the 777 Maduro Belicoso may not have the nuances or complexities of the best maduros on the market, it is a damn fine smoke. It packs a whole lot of enjoyable flavor into a reasonably priced format. Another fine selection from Jesus Fuego, it earns four stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: J. Fuego 777 Maduro Belicoso”

  1. mighty Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    I enjoy these and think the Jesus Fuego is a great blender. I like many of his cigars.

    Good review.

  2. Padronnie Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I agree that this is a good smoke and Jesus is a great guy.

    That said, I think the 777 Corojo is the real standout of the triple 7 line. That is a fantastic cigar.

  3. Anthony Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I've smoked a couple of the robustos. The flavor I noticed most would be cocoa powder. I think you are correct in saying the 777 Maduro has "classic maduro composition." I would also say that on the retrohale I tasted dry berry, and past the half-way point began to get a dark chocolate covered cherry note, although without the sweetness. Would love to try the 777 Corojo.

  4. jason Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Smoked my first one tonight and totally blown away. The sweetness was unreal. One of the smoothest smoking sticks I've had awhile.