Yagua by JC Newman

They don't make them like they use to.

Chris Allen
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The Breakdown
Connecticut Broadleaf
Vitola (Size)
Toro (6 x 54)
Price (USD)

A cigar bound and tied by palm tree leaves? Man, that’s a new one to me! These are bound and tied by palm tree leaves! That some serious old school 1940s right there people. They don’t make them like they use to...until now. Let’s get into it!


What a super cool friggin’ cigar! Perfectly imperfect with these line indents all over it from the palm tree leaf bindings. It’s a nice, dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with black spots all over it and makes for one of the most interesting and artisanal cigars I’ve ever seen. A+


To be truthful it burns pretty well. It burned a little unevenly for a Connecticut broadleaf which was a bit surprising, but I never really had to touch-up the wrapper with my torch for correction. It's a solid smoker that produces some decent clouds in about three to four good drawers for me. A-okay in my book. 


I’m going to be brutally honest, not a lot of flavors at the start…or in the middle…or at the end. There were some tang and spice but it seemed very subdued the whole time. There were moments where I got a certain saltiness on a real heavy draw, but those were few and far between. However! Retrohaling this beauty was super, duper great. But! If you're the type that does not like to breathe like a dragon, you'll likely never experience these more nuanced flavors. Let’s face it, not many people retrohale, so this may be a little bland for most of us mouth breathers.

Decent smoke to try.


Hands down one of the coolest cigars I’ve seen in a while. I kinda wish the flavor lived up to the presentation, but it wasn’t all that bad. For $8 is a decent smoke to try. Just do me one favor… if you know how to retrohale, do it on this cigar. Mkay?
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JC Newman

Founded in 1895 by Julius Caeser Newman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company is the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker in America. For four generations and 124 years, J.C. Newman has been handcrafting many of the world’s finest cigars. J.C. Newman is headquartered in an iconic 108-year-old cigar factory in the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District in Tampa, Florida. At this factory, known as “El Reloj,” J.C. Newman rolls premium cigars both by hand and by hand-operated, antique cigar machines.

Chris Allen
Co-host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. With only 3 years in the cigar industry, Chris is willing to try any cigar (and we mean any cigar), and has built quite an extensive catalog of cigars he's smoked or reviewed in such a short time.