Jake Wyatt Appendix II
This one is made by a guy who swears by this type of smoke. While a lot of cigar men out there learn to blend all kinds of cigars, some are fixated on one stogie in particular. Neil Garcia is one of those dudes, and buttery CT blends like this are his thing. This is the type of cigar he personally reaches for any time he’s at the humidor, so it only makes sense that high-quality Connecticuts like this were among the first core blends released as part of this newer company’s initial “Gourmet Collection.”
Neil is one-half of the founder pair that created Jake Wyatt cigars. Working with longtime best bud Gerard Abajian, this dynamic duo launched their brand in 2020 after a lifetime of enjoying tobacco over backyard cards and tunes. They each bring different blending styles to the brand. Gerard is more likely to focus on full flavor and bold tobacco like San Andrés Maduro and Pennsylvania broadleaf, while Neil is the one to turn to when you need a smoke that’s mellow and balanced.
Like many stogies from this company, the Jake Wyatt Appendix II cigar is built on a foundation of lush Dominican tobacco. It was on a trip to the tobacco fields of the DR where the founders first got bit by the blending bug, and so it makes sense that Dominican leaf is what they rely on for these initial cigars. Wrapped around that is a gingerbread brown Ecuadorian Connecticut cover leaf. The cloudy skies of Ecuador are perfect for growing CT tobacco like this that emulates the best shade-grown leaf from the Connecticut River Valley. It’s no wonder that so many top brands use it!
Before we get into the flavors, it makes sense to note that Jake Wyatt cigars often feature accents on the wrapper. In this case, there’s some darker leaf that’s been used on the head and foot. In addition to creating “smokable art,” this gives the cigar a more intriguing start due to the flavor twist that comes from adding a little bit of dark leaf into the mix.
The flavors of the Jake Wyatt Appendix II cigar are a treat built for the Connecticut lovers out there. It’s smooth and creamy, with notes of vanilla, honey, oak, orange, and spice. The spice levels are quite gentle and serve only to enhance a highly enjoyable blend.
Neil’s been puffing on blends like this for ages, and now he’s got a killer palate for making his own smokes for everyone to enjoy. If you’re into easy-riding cigars, definitely give these ones a try.
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Jake Wyatt Appendix II FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Smooth and creamy, with notes of vanilla, honey, oak, orange, and spice.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Jake Wyatt Appendix II cigars are for Connecticut fans who want to taste a CT blend crafted by a bona fide smooth smoke lover.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s an easy sail all the way home!
What’s a good pairing with it?
We could see enjoying this with coffee, tea, beer, or whiskey. If it’s morning, go with the first options. For evening enjoyment, maybe opt for a lighter Irish whiskey like a Kilbeggan Single Pot.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
It seems like Neil smokes these at any time, but most folks would find this to be a well-crafted morning cigar.
Some reviewers found it to be a bit flat. It’s a danger when blending for mellow smoothness.