The Jordan Alexander III Cigar Company from the outside looks to be quite a new company on the shelves. In fact, they have been around since 2013 and that is when they released a corojo cigar called “The Legend”. This Spring is when they introduced the Jordan Alexander III Corojo which is said to replace the Legend as their current corojo cigar. I was sent a few of the robusto size and decided to enjoy one when the three young guys from Jordan Alexander III were on Cigar Federation “Cigar Chat” show. During the show, I realized it was a good “classic” type of cigar and deemed it a further look.
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Factory: Quesada Cigars, Dominican Republic
Other Sizes: Toro (6×52), Double Toro (6×60), and Belicoso (6×52).
MSRP: $7-10 pretax*
First off, this is a bit larger than your “typical” robusto. It is a half inch longer and four rings larger than your typical 5×50 robusto. Next comes the eye catching pig tailed cap followed by the band with its fairly large crest. Ending out the cigar is the second band and closed foot. I like the looks of a pig tail cap and a closed foot. But from time to time, the closed foot can hinder a good toasting of the foot. So its looks over function at times when it comes to a closed foot cigar in my eyes.
The dark chocolate brown wrapper has a nice oily sheen, a few minimal veins and an over all firm feel to the cigar. The foot has an aroma of a somewhat strong hay with hints of a spice and an even lesser amount of cocoa. The wrapper has a bit of an earthy aroma accompanied by a faint hint of the hay from the foot. The cold draw is pretty tight but a small bit of hay is detected in it.
A straight cut revealed a fairly firm cold draw. I would attempt to twist off the pig tail like many choose to do, but I have had too many issues with a cracked cap or even worse a removed cap that came off from twisting off a pig tail.
Once into the cigar, the draw lessened up somewhat which was good as the cold draw was very restrictive. The burn was pretty straight, it had its issues but no major ones. Each tight ash lasted close to two or so inches and had hues of dark grey, black and dirty white.
After getting the best toasting I could get from the closed foot, I start my journey into the cigar. Shortly into the cigar, I notice a muddled mix of vegetal, a slight sweetness and a milk chocolate notes. Leaving the first third, some hints of straw and a bit of cinnamon show up; sans the spice somewhat known to accompany cinnamon.
Shortly into the second third, a bit of spice now tags along with the cinnamon but is not overpowering. I now realize how creamy, almost oily the smoke is as it lingers for a while in my mouth. The cinnamon changes fairly quickly to more of a cedar tone and a coffee flavor appears into the mix. The vegetal note is a thing of the past and the sweetness in the milk chocolate is easing off as well. Ending the second third the key flavors are cedar, coffee, milk chocolate and a faint spice.
Heading into the final portion, the flavors seem to firing on all cylinders and are shining nicely. The coffee note has me hankering for a cup of coffee right now! The spice has hit its peak and is still at a point that is very pleasant. Shortly into the last third, on top of the fore mentioned flavors, a freshly tanned leather flavor appears and to be honest I don’t particularly care for the addition. The fresh tanned leather adds a tannic note that doesn’t jive well with the already present flavors. Seeing the tannic note is not moving away from the flavors too much, I tap the ash and give the cigar a good purging. Doing so, does ease the tannic note and allows the other flavors to do their thing. I am not sure if it was the cigar itself, tighter draw or the humidity that finally caught up to the cigar but the tannic flavor was not pleasing. Ending the cigar, the leather try to turn to more of an oak note. The milk chocolate and sweetness is a faded memory as the oak/leather, coffee and spice take charge and end off the cigar.
I think this cigar would pair nicely with a Sumatran or chicory coffee. Each would bring out some of the sweetness (Sumatran) or spice (chicory) found in both the coffee and the cigar. If coffee is not your thing, maybe a pour of Brandy (B&B comes to mind) would pair with it well. When I first smoked this cigar, I paired it with some Old Forester Bourbon. It went fair, but the bourbon was a little too powerful flavor wise and overpowered the smoke.
The body started off a strong medium, then lessened to a solid medium and retained that status till the end of the cigar where it ramped up to a med-full strength. I like the coffee, chocolate, sweetness and cedar notes this cigar gave off. The solid medium body of the smoke was nice as some (mostly) Dominican cigars don’t give me enough strength. The slight bit of spice was a nice accompanying characteristic that kept me on my toes at times.
Over all a pretty nice smoke that many people could enjoy. There are some dark flavors, lighter flavors and a bit of Nicaraguan spice that would be enjoyed by many people. Each flavor wasn’t overpowering in any sense as each had their key time in the journey through the cigar.
*This cigar was provided to me, unsolicited, from Jordan Alexander III Cigars for this review. Many thanks to those great people for the opportunity to review this cigar!