Picture this, you just devoured the most scrumptious, juicy steak dinner and are craving something sweet, but are also jonesing for a great after-dinner cigar. What better way to remedy that craving than with a creamy, medium-bodied, chocolatey, mocha and refreshing minty-flavored box-pressed cigar? That delight, that you will undoubtedly nub, would be the Java Mint.
Since the debut of Drew Estate’s ACID line in 1999, they have grown immensely. Jonathan Drew and Rocky Patel have made a collaborated effort on the JAVA infused cigars, introduced in 2004. Now with their new line, the Java Mint, the Patel-Drew team has brought their most unique and innovative offering yet. You might say the Java Mint tastes like a Peppermint Pattie, or perhaps a Creme de Menthe, but whichever minty delight it reminds you of, we just say it is one tasty smokey treat! If you are already a fan of the JAVA line consider the Java Mint your next guilty pleasure that you simply must try.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Aged Brazilian Mata Fina
The Java Mint is the cool new smoking experience offering the same mocha, chocolatey infused flavor of the original Java blend but is lightly infused with a zesty mint flavor, essences of mocha and vanilla. The Java Mint is a handmade cigar utilizing a Nicaraguan long-filler and binder, box-pressed within a rich 3-year old Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and infused with cocoa, vanilla, coffee and a variety of different mints. The result is a medium-bodied, chocolatey, minty, dessert-like cigar brimming with a myriad of aromas and a silky smooth creaminess imparting a sweetness with each puff till you get to the nub. The Java Mint is the perfect carb and calorie-free confectionary delight to follow up a classic steak dinner. How can you pass THAT up?
The JAVA MINT cigars are available to purchase online here at MyDiscountCigar.com.
To learn more about the JAVA MINT blend please visit RockyPatel.com.
~ Peace, Love, Cigars ~
I am not the biggest fan of flavored or infused cigars, and to my knowledge, we’ve never posted a review of one on this blog. But when we got in our first shipment of Java Mint Robusto and hastily cracked open a box, I couldn’t help but succumb to the Thin Mint-like smell of these stogies. Having smoked and enjoyed a handful of cigars from both Rocky Patel and Drew Estate, I figured that not a lot could go wrong here. So with that, I threw my own reservations to the side and snagged a Java Mint Robusto for review.
Right out of the cellophane, the Java Robusto Mint cigar let loose a torrent of chocolate, mint, and tobacco aromas. I checked the cigar for soft spots, and while the entire thing was somewhat softer than a normal cigar, it didn’t feel underfilled or hastily-rolled. In fear or ruining the dramatically square-pressed cap, I opted for a punch cut. The draw was easy-as-can-be with just the right amount of resistance to keep it from getting hot, and the pre-light flavors, as you may have guessed, were chocolate, dark tobacco, and sweet mint. This wasn’t the type of mint, though, that you’d get from a swirly peppermint candy or a stick of gum; this legitimately tasted like fresh mint leaves. Anyway, enticed by the dessert-like pre-light flavors, I half-drunkenly staggered out of my front door with a clipboard and a cup of coffee and lit up this cigar.
Once this super-dark, sweet-smelling stogie was lit, it produced some of the thickest smoke I have ever tasted. Initial flavors of the Java Mint Robusto were pepper, coffee, mint, and some nice maduro punch, presumably from the ultra-thick Brazilian wrapper leaf that adorned the cigar. Once the pepper died down, I started tasting the mint, and again, it was the least artificial mint flavor I’d ever tasted. It was as if they steeped the tobacco in freshly-made peppermint tea, which, for all I know, they did, because as you may already know, Drew Estate’s infusion process is a well-kept secret.
Further into the Java Mint Robusto cigar, the pepper subsided almost completely, giving way to flavors of coffee, cocoa, and rich tobacco, all kept cool by the lingering mint flavor. The sweet tip mellowed out about halfway through the cigar, though it never completely lost its sweetness. On the retrohale, the cocoa flavor was a lot stronger, and the peppermint tingled lightly on the sinuses. At this point, and the for the rest of the smoke, no touch-ups were required.
In the final third, the pepper stayed at a consistently manageable level, and the mint flavor got a little bit milder, though it never disappeared completely. The cocoa and coffee mellowed out, allowing for the rich and earthy flavors of the tobacco blend to shine through. I still tasted cocoa and mint on the retrohale, though it was a bit spicier than it had been earlier on. Feeling substantially buzzed from the surprisingly strong nicotine level of the Java Mint Robusto cigar but still wishing there was a bit more to smoke, I put down the Java Mint Robusto with about an inch remaining.
Like I said earlier, flavored cigars aren’t really my thing. But the Java Mint Robusto was by far the most cigar-like infused stogie I’d ever had. While the mint aroma was present for most of the cigar, it didn’t mask the chocolaty, peppery flavors of the tobaccos in the blend; it just complemented them. It was almost as if they rolled peppermint leaves right into the cigar. Anyway, whether you’re a fan of infused cigars or not, I highly recommend trying one of these. When you’re too full for dessert after a huge dinner and a few (too many) drinks, there’s nothing better than a Java Mint Robusto cigar.
Your review of the Java Robusto Mint is much appreciated, Will!