Cigar News

Humo Jaguar: The new cat on the block

Reading Time: 2 minutes

In February of 2011, The Association of Honduran Tobacco Growers and Cigar Makers held their first annual Honduran Cigar Festival in Tegucigalpa, Danli, and the old Mayan city of Copan, Honduras. The festival is named in honor of Humo Jaguar, who became the 12th ruler of Copan at age 13 and reigned for 67 years from 628 – 695 A.D. The ancient Mayans used tobacco to summon the Gods and communicate with the spirit world. During a period in which tobacco grew scarce, Humo Jaguar implored the Gods to make the sacred plant abundant again. The Gods answered his plea and named the spirit of the jaguar as their [tobacco deity].

Attending the event were the top Honduran cigar manufacturers as well as the world’s best-known multinational cigar producers. During the festival, a contest was held for the best Honduran cigar blend. Over 200 judges smoked all of the blends and chose Nestor Plasencia’s blend as the winner, so Nestor decided to name the cigar after the great Mayan king and offer it in three sizes: Grande (6″x 60), Robusto (5″x 52) and Toro (6″x 52).

Humo Jaguar cigars are handcrafted with a highly aromatic blend of all-Honduran blend of Cuban-seed longfillers, Talanga binders and shimmering Oscuro Viso wrappers. The smoke is thick, chewy, and gets off to a peppery start. Eventually the pepper fades giving way to flavors of sweet wood and nuts, and finally, to notes of dark chocolate and espresso with a long finish. Of course, their observation may vary, but for those who enjoy full-bodied Honduran tobacco, this uber-complex cigar may be right in their wheelhouse.

“This is a strong cigar, but you can still taste the richness of the Honduran tobacco,” says Nestor Plasencia. “The cigar is also very well balanced with a full flavor, and you won’t want to finish it because the experience is so great.”

(_{GK]__{{{~

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor top 5 best-rated h. upmann cigars - cover

CA Report: Top 5 Best Rated H. Upmann Cigars

Reading Time: 5 minutes H. Upmann has broken free of the ‘old man’s cigar’ label – and these reviews prove it.

Read More
cigar advisor news - introducing el rey del mundo naturals cigars cover photo

CIGAR NEWS: INTRODUCING EL REY DEL MUNDO NATURALS CIGARS

Reading Time: < 1 minute El Rey del Mundo Naturals cigars have a “great all-purpose cigar” blend consisting of an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, Honduran binder, and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. Handcrafted in four popular shapes, learn more about these mellow to medium-bodied, everyday cigars in this news story.

Read More
cigar advisor panel review video punch fu manchu - cover

Cigar Advisor Panel Review: Punch Fu Manchu

Reading Time: 7 minutes Is Punch Fu Manchu a hero in flavor, or a supervillain of smoky disappointment? Tune into our Cigar Advisor Panel Review and find out!

Read More
top new cigars July 8 2019 Cigar Advisor Cover 2

CA Report: Top New Cigars (July 8 2019)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Independence Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fresh-faced sticks that will have your taste buds seeing fireworks. Click here to check them out!

Read More