Cigar Review: J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial

Basic Information: J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial

Manufacturer – J.L. Salazar y Hermanos

Size – Torpedo

Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan

Pricing – $5.75

Body – Full


This J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial is milk chocolate in color, box pressed and comes to a sharp point at the head. Some noticeable oil blotches on the wrapper. Very little in terms of veins and seams. Construction feels pretty solid.


Aroma – Cedar and Smoked woody notes.

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Cedar and Spice

After Toast:

First Third – This starts out all chocolate and spicy cedar with a subtle kick of black pepper. The burn is a little wavy and ash is flaky and fell during the first third.

Second Third – Chocolate with some buttery notes start this third. Flavors are not very pronounced. A pretty bland profile on this stick. The burn turned sharp.

Final Third – Chocolate remains the primary note mixed with the cedar. Again, not too exciting in terms of flavor.

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Don’t waste your bourbon pairing this.

Wine – DON’T

Overall Experience:

This J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial was an unexciting smoke from a boutique brand. Not a lot going on in terms of complexity and flavor as the few flavors are muddled. Somewhat disappointing. Not something I’d pick up again.