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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.

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.

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Cigar Review: Montecristo by AJ Fernandez

The Montecristo line isn’t a line I normally gravitate to, not with all the boutique blends coming out from some of today’s hottest blenders, but I picked it up in my local shop here in Decatur.  (Got Cigars?  232 Ponce De Leon) at the suggestion of the owner.

What can I say to start with?

Montecristo by AJ Fernandez

The backstory:

Made in Nicaragua at the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, Fernandez worked with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros to develop this new Montecristo, which consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Montecristo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez will come in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Figurado, at 4 by 52; Gordo at 6 by 58; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 50. The Montes, which are all box-pressed, are set to retail from $9.95 to $12.50 and come in 10-count boxes

The Review:

This oscuro cigar starts off with solid wood and white pepper notes.  The box press is firm in the hand, but not razor sharp like the Padron Anniversarios for example.  Light brown in color, with a solid pre-light draw, the flavors emerging from that were pretty light to my taste.   Upon lighting, the cigar showed not only an even burn, but consistency of the following:  Said white pepper, wood, with a touch of honey and bread at the back of the tongue.

 

The second and final third of the cigar maintain that consistency with one exception.   The flavors balance out more and the Montecristo draws better.   I’d say this is a medium-bodied cigar.  Would I grab another?  I sure would.