In 2019 J.C. Newman Cigar Company would release a cigar for the Tobacconist Association America (TAA) Exclusive Series with the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento. It would be the first time J.C. Newman would participate in The TAA Exclusive Series. The Ciento Por Ciento is a blend that was originally released in Germany as a 5 x 56 Belicoso. For The TAA, a 6 1/4 x 54 Toro would be released. The name Ciento Por Ciento means 100% and its because the cigar is a 100% Nicaraguan puro (the first Nicaraguan puro for the Brick House blend). Today, we take a closer look at the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive.
TAA Exclusive Series consists of cigars made by leading manufacturers that are exclusively sold at TAA member retailers. The TAA is a small group of retailers. At press time the number of retailers is approximately 80. The TAA has defined itself as:
The Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. is a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. By providing education, communication, research, advocacy, and member discount programs, The TAA works with our members and the industry they support to offer the tools and relationship building opportunities needed to maximize professionalism and success.
There are 14 cigars released for 2019 as a part of the TAA Exclusive Series:
- AJ Fernandez New World Redondo
- Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive by J.C. Newman Cigar Company
- CAO Brazilia Select
- Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil 2019
- Don Pepin Garcia Original TAA Exclusive Limited Edition 2019 by My Father Cigars
- E.P. Carrillo La Historia 656
- Eiroa Jamastran 11/18
- Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente
- Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019
- La Flor Dominicana TAA 50th Segunda Edición Natural
- La Flor Dominicana TAA 50th Segunda Edición Maduro
- La Palina Silver Label Toro
- Timeless 2019 Limited Edition for Nat Sherman
- Tatuaje TAA 51th
As mentioned, the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento is J.C. Newman’s first TAA Cigar. Earlier this year, it was announced the Ciento Por Ciento would be returning as a part of the 2020 TAA Exclusive Series, but would feature different packaging.
Without further ado, let’s break down the Brick House Ciento Por Cientoand see what this cigar brings to the table.
Blend and Origin
As mentioned above, the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento is a Nicaraguan puro. The cigar features a Habana-seed corona leaf wrapper grown in the Jalapa Valley. The remainder of the blend features binder and filler from three of Nicaragua’s mountainous regions.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Puros de Estelí Nicaragua, S.A. (J.C. Newman PENSA)
The cigar itself is a Nicaraguan puro available in a single size – 6 1/4 x 54. The cigars are available in 25-count boxes. Production comes from J.C. Newman’s Nicaraguan factory, Puros de Estelí Nicaragua, S.A. (J.C. Newman PENSA). As mentioned above, a 5 x 56 Belicoso was also released to the German Market.
The Nicaraguan wrapper of the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive had a medium brown color. There wasn’t much in the way of oil on the surface of this wrapper. The wrapper itself was slightly bumpy with some visible wrapper seams and visible veins.
There are two bands on the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive. The primary band is the same one found on the core Brick House and Brick House Maduro lines. It consists of a pale yellow, gold, black, and red color scheme. The center of the band has an oval field with gold trim along with some gold and black adornments. On the center of the band is the text “BRICK HOUSE” arranged diagonally from the lower left to the upper right. The left and right side of the band has gold, black, and red adornments.
There is a secondary band on the footer unique to the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive. The band has blue and white stripes similar to the flag of Nicaragua. On the center of the band is a gold and white TAA logo. To the left of the logo is the text “LIMITED EDITION” and to the right is the text “2019 TAA EXCLUSIVE.” Thick gold striping flanks the upper and lower portion of this band.
A straight cut was used to commence the cigar experience of the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive. Once the cap was removed, it was on to the pre-light draw ritual. The dry draw delivered a mix of earth and fruit sweetness. While it was a simple pre-light draw, it was a satisfactory one. At this point, it was time to remove the footer band of the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive and see what the smoking experience would have in store.
The Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive started out with a mix of baker’s spice, fruit, earth, and natural tobacco notes. Early on the earth and natural tobacco notes moved into the forefront. The fruit notes settled in the background with the baker’s spice notes more distant. There was definitely more in the way of sweetness during the early stages. On the retro-hale, there was a layer of cedar with a slight fruit sweetness also present.
Later in the first third, the natural tobacco took an edge over the earth notes. There was a slight caramel quality to the natural tobacco as the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive moved into the second third. It was also in the second third where a black pepper note surfaced in the forefront. Concurrently, there was a decrease in the fruit sweetness and baker’s spice.
By the latter point of the second third, the earth notes became the sole note in the forefront. The natural tobacco receded into the background joining the black pepper notes. By this point, the natural tobacco exhibited some bitter qualities. There were still touches of fruit and baker’s spice. This is the way the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive came to a close. The resulting nub was slightly lukewarm in temperature and soft to the touch.
The burn of the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive had unevenness on the burn line from start to finish. This cigar required frequent touch-ups along the way. At the same time, while there was unevenness on the burn line, the cigar had no problem maintaining a straight burn path. The resulting ash was firm with a mostly silver-gray color. The burn rate was ideal. The burn temperature was ideal until it reached the second third where the temperature got slightly warmer than I prefer.
The draw to the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive performed very well. There was a touch of resistance to it – which I have said many times is something I prefer on my draw. At the same time, while there was a little resistance on the draw, the Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive produced a nice layer of smoke.
Strength and Body
The Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive is a cigar that started out with medium strength and medium body. In the second half, the strength and body increased to medium to full. While it’s not a nicotine bomb, you might be surprised that there is some moderate strength as the cigar comes to a close.
The strength and body balanced each other during the first two thirds, but in the last third, the strength had a slight edge.
For the first two thirds, the Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive performed at a level I would expect a TAA Exclusive cigar to perform. The last third was a bit disappointing. There was some bitterness and, to quote my old broadcasting partner Stogie Santa, “the cigar couldn’t make up its mind what to do.” However, there still was enough for this cigar to offer in the first two thirds, and at $7.40 it certainly is one of the more budget-friendly TAA Cigars. This is a cigar I would recommend to a more experienced cigar enthusiast. At the same time, it’s one I would recommend to a newer smoker looking to graduate to something that has a little more kick (in this case at the end). As for myself, it’s a cigar I would smoke again – and it’s one I would give the recommendation to buy one.
Key Flavors: Earth, Natural Tobacco, Fruit, Baker’s Spice, Black Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Complexity: Medium Plus
Strength: Medium (1st 2/3), Medium to Full (Remainder)
Body: Medium (1st 2/3), Medium to Full (Remainder)
Value: Buy One
News: J.C. Newman to Release Brick House Ciento Por Ciento as TAA Exclusive
Brand Reference: J.C. Newman
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop