Category Archives: Cigars

Cigar review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf

At Got Cigars? the owner had brought in a larger selection of AJ Fernandez cigars, including the new Enclave Broadleaf.  Naturally, I had to give it a try.

The first thing to notice is the beautiful chocolate colored broadleaf wrapper, cluing me in that I’m in for a sweeter treat than AJ’s normal experiences.

Using a straight cut to clip the cap, I put the cigar to my lips and tasted the cold draw’s sharp stone fruit, mixed with hints of wood. The cigar wasn’t too loose or too tight so the draw was good, also assuring me of solid construction. Oh, there was a subtle sweetness I can’t quite name yet, too.

Once I lit the cigar, I tasted the prominence of wood that died down after a few hearty puffs. The smoke was ash gray. Sweet, dark cocoa (how can something be dark cocoa and sweet?  Don’t know, ask the blender!) balanced along with bitter notes of black pepper.

Enclave Broadleaf, by AJ Fernandez

As the cigar burns down, we pick up more balance in the sweet and spice mixture, until we burn down to the final third. Then the broadleaf really shines and we pick up that light cocoa I associate oftentimes with Tatuaje cigars.

The medium to full flavor is graced with a long finish.

Great cigar overall, and another hit for master blender AJ Fernandez.

few photos from Highland’s 11th Anniversary

Had a blast last Saturday and just forgot to post about it cause it was THAT crazy LOL!

Rocky Patel May 20th, 2011 Edicion Unica

The local rep from Rocky Patel, Stacy Cross, showed up with plenty of goodies, specials, and raffles. Featured were the new Edicion Unica May 20th, 2011, among others. She shared space with General Cigars and a Rocky/General collaboration that escapes me and if she sees this post hopefully she’ll let me know what the other cigar was!

Notes on the Edicion Unica are as follows:

A nice, clean look with a paper bag brown wrapper.  Light with no visible flaws or veins. The pre-light is full of wood flavors and the typical stone fruit/raisiny tastes often found in cigars.

Stacy Cross of Rocky Patel

Upon lighting, the wood notes come across heavily reinforced. As with any Rocky Patel cigars I’ve smoked, the construction and draw are spot on.

Toward the middle of the cigar, sweet cedar notes present themselves along with deep pepper. Wood takes a back seat to (dark?) cocoa bitterness.

Touch of leather on the final end, and the cigar is mellow without being in your face overpowering.   A limited release, if you can find these, get your hands on them and give them a try!

Late Night Chai, Highland’s superstar GM

Of course Mad Moulton was in, making a ton of dope ass drinks that not only had plenty of flavor, but looked incredible to boot. Take a look at his Instagram for proof of his cocktail prowess!

For an 11th anniversary party, it was much lower in key than last year’s 10 year, but still an awesome place with great folks, drinks and cigars. It was indeed, an example of Pure Indulgence.

Villiger Colorado 1888

Starts off with strong chocolate notes and light flavor. Solid draw and good even burn. Bitter cocoa notes dance over the palate almost as if afraid but are later joined with definite sweetness and a touch of the bold.

In the second third the cocoa becomes sweeter.

The cigar develops a softer profile over time and maintains throughout the smoke.

From what I was told, the new CEO of Villiger is committing more resources to premium handmade so bravo!

Cigar Reviews – Quesada 70th

Cold draw reveals lots of plum and raisin. The band is simple but elegant – black with gold lettering and trim stating the cigar name and 70th embossed.

Right off the bat bread-like tastes start off the cigar with a good draw. Not too hard. Dark grey smoke that also smells sweet. The taste quickly adds spice – not quite pepper but something.

Had to correct the burn line at first but that is minor. Draw is a little stiff but after a second and third puff it loosens up. Flavors meld together into warm bread, black pepper and hints of wood.

Near the end of the first third, vegetal notes appear. Cedar strengthens. Pepper intensifies.

The body is medium definitely to full The second third has more cedar. Some smokiness.

The pepper and spice strengthen in the middle.

Flavors really intensify at the end where we now taste sweetness along with the spice taking a back seat and the smoke still medium in the mouth. This definitely is fuller in body and is a great cigar. I’ve got one I’m holding on to to see how it changes over another year or two if I can mange!

11 year anniversary of Highland Cigar Company

Cigar Review: Asylum 13 Ogre

Asylum has been an interesting cigar choice for me as of late – since I picked up a sampler pack last week.  Tonight’s selection was the Asylum Ogre, a candella/maduro barber pole cigar that was 6X60.
Asylum is the brainchild in part of Christian Eiroa.

Asylum 13 Ogre from Christian Eiroa
Using a Nicaraguan Candela wrapper with a Habano maduro wrapper around the candela, the cigar contains Nicaraguan fillers and binder for a fuller bodied smoke.
The Nicaraguan candela and habano maduro look is almost spot on. The cold draw gave me flavors of fruit, barnyard hay and grass. Just to confirm it, I took several cold pulls and picked up raisin, sweetness and tart leather.
Once I toasted the foot and took a proper draw, I picked up the initial flavors id spice, leather and dry cocoa.   The flavors come through strong.  Spice has a lot of bite. The ash is solid gray and tight with blue and gray smoke. Lots of leather and spice. Cocoa and sweetness along with bitterness.
The flavors mellow a bit around the beginning of second third.  I picked up that grassy, barnyard hay taste thanks to the candela.  I’d been expecting it but the spice/leather overpowered it.  Midway through, the cigar turns sweet, almost like dry powdered cocoa. Flavors continue in this manner until the end of the cigar, which has ore balance than the initial first and second third.
Overall, in the 6X60 a solid release.

New Cigar Stock at Got Cigars? (Decatur, Georgia)

Many of you know I’m a weekly inhabitant of a spot in Decatur called “Got Cigars?”  They’re located at 232 E. Ponce De Leon Ave right off the Square in Decatur, GA.

Comfortable, friendly, knowledgeable.  This is a mini home or my “Decatur Office” when I’m in the mood not to work from home but don’t want to trek to Highland.

Along with standard products such as Fuente, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana, and My Father, she has a rotating stock.

The shop owner has brought in a few new things to her quaint little shop.  I’ve had a chance to taste a lot of newer things so I’ll give you a small rundown.

Cohiba Blue – the value-priced cigar is crafted with a three-country blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  Notes of vanilla and cedar find their way onto the palate.

La Palina Nicaraguan Oscuro

Montecristo by AJ Fernandez- a traditional blend re-imagined by famed maker AJ Fernandez.  Developed in conjunction with the Groupo De Maestros, this Nicaraguan blend showcases more spice and strength than the core Monte.  I reviewed this cigar here.

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro – A fairly complex cigar from La Palina, the construction is soild.  Notes of wood and leather mingle with pepper and fruit.

Romeo by AJ Fernandez – My personal favorite AJ/Groupo De

Romeo by AJ Fernandez

Maestros blend, the Romeo y Julieta blend re-imagined by AJ.  Like the Monte mentioned above, this cigar is blended in Nicaragua.  More robust, but fruit, black pepper, heavy wood and cedar notes mix with bacon smokiness for a delicious surprise. I reviewed that here last week.

 

Cigar Review: Romeo by AJ Fernandez

In conjunction with Groupo De Maestro, AJ Fernandez was asked to re-imagine several key blends for Altadis.  Made in Nicaragua at

Romeo by AJ Fernandez

the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, this cigar consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Romeo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez comes in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 52, Belicoso, 6 by 52,
For this review, I smoked the Toro.  When I first picked it up, the cigar felt heavy and full of quality tobacco.  Medium chocolate color wrapper. Fruity on the cold draw, like plums or raisins.  This is a really different Romeo, more robust than any other blend of theirs.  It begins with heavy wood and black pepper. Cedar notes along with fruit on the back end of the exhale show up as well.
After the final third starts, the tone of the cigar changes and I picked up warm cinnamon spice with slow wisps of smoke. The cigar also sports notes of yeast and bread. Those become prominent flavors along with mellow red pepper until the cigar finishes.

Join us at Highland Cigar Company (Atlanta Events!)

Tuesday, June 27th || Join us for a very special rendition of Spirits and Stogies featuring @johnniewalker scotch and @ajfcigars. With special guest @ajfdon representing A. J. Fernandez cigars. You won’t want to miss it!