The first snowfall of the year, and everyone forgets how to drive. To steal from comedian Vic DiBitetto, the panic sets in and everyone has to run out to get the bread and milk. Then you get the losers who drive as if they were on dry pavement only to wipe out their car along with a few other cars and put traffic in a jam. This morning, my commute which is usually 35 mins took me 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Then you get the person who lacks the cojones and drives the complete opposite at 2-mph per hour creating a slow conga line of vehicles down the road. It was this thought that made me want to smoke a C.O. Jones, because this person from the 305 handled the snow a lot better than those who have lived here forever. And to think it was only 2″. But thankfully as the winter progress here in New Hampshire things return back to normal.
Cigar: C.O. Jones
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: Packaged in a wooden cabinet style box with a flip top, the C.O. Jones which is produced by Jochi Blanco in the Dominican Republic comes packaged with 20 cigars. Inside, the cigar has a simple band of orange, red and black with the name C.O. JONES. As for the cigar, the reddish-brown wrapper has a few veins, and is seamlessly rolled. Its firm under the fingers, with a nice amount of oils and a hefty weight to it.
The Notes: The cold draw of the C.O. Jones is spicy with hints of cedar. There is a milk chocolate like component as well, that offsets the bite from the hearty spice. The aroma off the foot reminds me of rhubarb, wasabi and cedar. I’m eager to light this up.
Once the cigar is lit, there is an abundance of pepper, and the retrohale is like a burst of wasabi. There are notes of coffee, and cedar that create a balance to the spice. The cigar is reminiscent to Cain for me, although it is made in the Dominican Republic.
Moving on to the center part of the cigar, the primary notes are cedar with a touch of coffee and black pepper. The retrohale still reminds me of having a little too much wasabi when enjoying a piece of sushi. It’s eye watering but it enhances the subtle nuance of pepper that exists on the palate.
As the cigar comes to a close, notes of cedar and nuts close the cigar out. The pepper remains on the retrohale although the eye watering wasabi component has left the building.
The Finish: When Cain first came out, I smoked them on a fairly regular basis. However at the MSRP price point, I found there to be other cigars I opted for on a regular basis. A couple of years ago when I began working for Two Guys Smoke Shop I came across C.O. Jones and when the mood hit, I opted for the more price friendly cigar. Currently, the cigar is on sale at for the 12 Days of Christmas a yearly sale at 2guyscigars.com. The cigars which range from $120-$140 a box now sell $39.99 for the next 7 days.