Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro by J.C. Newman Cigar Company. This is a cigar line we previously assessed in the back in August 2012.


Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: J.C.Newman Puros de Estelí Nicaragua, S.A. (JC Newman PENSA)
Mighty Mighty: 6 1/4 x 60

J.C. Newman’s Brick House brand is one that traces back to company founder Julius Caesar Newman. Brick House derives its name from the house where Mr. Newman grew up in Hungary. Made in the United States, the original Brick House brand was a Cuban puro. With the Embargo the brand became dormant, but a little over a decade ago, Newman’s grandsons Eric and Bobby resurrected the brand as value-priced offering in the J.C. Newman portfolio, this time as an Ecuadorian Habano offering. Since then Maduro and Connecticut Shade Brick House blends were added. Today, we take a look at the 60 ring gauge offering in the Maduro blend, the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro.

The Brick House Maduro blend was first introduced back in 2012. The first size released was the 60 ring gauge Mighty Mighty measuring 6 1/4 x 60. Since then a Robusto and Toro size has been added to the Maduro blend. The Brick House Maduro is highlighted by a Brazilian Arapiraca Wrapper over a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar is produced out of J.C. Newman’s PENSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Mighty Mighty Maduro started out with notes of cocoa powder, natural tobacco, and a slight amount of red pepper. The cocoa and natural tobacco are the primary flavors early on alternating in intensity. By the second third, there is some cedar that emerges in the background. Finally, by the last third, there is more in the way of natural tobacco, but it is rounded off by the cocoa powder, cedar, and red pepper.

The Mighty Mighty Maduro is a medium-strength, medium-bodied cigar. The body maintained a constant level throughout the smoking experience. The strength had a minor increase along the way. Overall the body still maintained an edge over the strength.


Final Thoughts

One thing I really like is when a 60 ring gauge cigar is released where the blend is created to be in that size and that is the case with the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro. It’s not an overly complex cigar, but it delivers solid flavors. This time around, there was a slight loss of points due to burn and draw, but in the end it’s still a cigar I could recommend to any cigar enthusiast – especially for the big ring gauge enthusiast. It’s a cigar I’d buy and smoke again.


Key Flavors: Cocoa Powder,Natural Tobacco, Red Pepper, Cedar
Burn: Good
Draw: Very Good
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Good


Value: Buy One
Score: 88


Previous Assessment:  Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro by J.C. Newman
News: n/a
Price: $7.40
Source: J.C. Newman Cigar Company
Brand Reference: J.C. Newman

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