Cigar Review: J. London Gold Series Queen’s Guard

Initial Thoughts:

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The J. London Gold Series Queen's Guard is a short cigar among short cigars. The problem with cigars that are tiny like this Queen's Guard is that they really have to deliver an amazing experience for them to be worth the money. So, here we go!

The J. London Gold Series Queen's Guard is a good-looking cigar, but not a perfect one. It looks a little rustic, and the wrapper leaf isn't perfectly smooth.

With a guillotine cut, the cold draw was a little bit tight but offered flavors that were sweet and cinnamony. With a torch, the flavors came to life and were quite good. In the first few puffs, the J. London Gold Series Queen's Guard reminded me of a Drew Estate Undercrown Shade, but with some additional spice and citrus flavors.


cigarscore 5 cigar rating

Brand: J. London
Line: Gold Series
Size: 4 1/8 x 38
Cut: Guillotine
Light: Torch
Price: $5.00 – Luxury Cigar Club

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic
Smoke Time: 28 minutes

Final Thoughts

At about 28 minutes, the J. London Gold Series Queen's Guard was about to burn my fingers. I liked the cigar, but I didn't like that it smoked for less than 30 minutes.

Overall, the flavors were really good, and I enjoyed the little time I had with this tiny cigar. And, while I'd have liked this one to smoke for longer, it does come in at a reasonable price point for its size. So, the J. London Gold Series Queen's Guard was enjoyable and earns a CigarScore 5.

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