Originals, approx $12 for a 5-pack
I have already let it be known that I believe the Origen is a great cigar. Jesus Fuego did all of us a huge favor by releasing this blend in the "Originals" size, though...a 5-pack of small hand-rolled cigars that is a Fuego family specialty. They long considered this mini-torpedo to be the best tool to evaluate their tobaccos and blends. These little sticks are fairly rough and bumpy, but the aroma of sweet tobacco and chocolate when you break open the pack is enough to make you not care at all how they look. The Originals require no cutting (unless the initial draw is tight, which happened on at least two of the 5-pack I smoked); I got a nice tobacco flavor with an undercurrent of cocoa powder on the cold draw.
The Origen Original is full-flavored right from the start--sweetness on the tongue, a little pepper on the nose, and some bitterness on the finish. Along the way I got notes of cocoa and coffee along with the rich tobacco flavor. I really think J. Fuego might be onto something with this size. It is perfect for a lunch break smoke, giving enough flavor to really satisfy in a short time. Even Pete Johnson told me this was one of his favorites and that he wished he had thought of the packaging first. I would love to see other Fuego blends in this size as well; maybe Xikar could even be talked into doing the HC Series in an "Originals" size. In my mind, it's a no-brainer.
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