I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.
6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!
The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.
Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.
The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.
Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth. With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
In conjunction with Groupo De Maestro, AJ Fernandez was asked to re-imagine several key blends for Altadis. Made in Nicaragua at
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.
As we get further into the year and start digging in at newer releases, I find myself wanting to expand my regular rotation.
The LFD Reserva Especial was different from the start.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic (Estancia La Flor de Palma)
Filler: Dominican Republic (Estancia La Flor de Palma)
The Gran Robusto is 5 1/2X60.
I know I’m a bit late to the party but taking this blog more seriously means rerouting energy previously unspent. I’m glad for it.
The usual plum notes from a cold draw are interesting in that pepper is present as well. Rich earth also.
This cigar starts off with much more mellow spice and flavor than most LFDs I’ve smoked. Not weaker, just less. The leathery pepper taste is present, along with softer, almost rosado-like flavors of cotton candy.
Light mocha flavors join the leather and spice but all flavors are softer than normal.
Raices Cubanas 1941 starts with a medium-brown Honduran wrapper that’s glistening with oils. A careful blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers lies just beneath, encased in a Nicaraguan binder.
The review: This is the 6X60 size and normally I shy away from that large a ring gauge (with the exception of Padron) but this cigar definitely didn’t disappoint.
Pre-light draw is very raisiny. The initial puffs are nutty and semi-sweet Black pepper features prominently up front once the cigar gets going. A good amount of smoke plumes from the foot.
The cigar has a very easy draw for being packed so full of tobaccos. The burn line started off uneven but I chalk that up to my lighting technique, and a touch up fixed that.
Flavors at the second third include cocoa spice and red pepper. The cigar becomes mellow at this point while maintaining softer flavors wth hints of wood and black pepper. By now I’m really enjoying the complexity of the cigar.
The final third of the cigar is where it gets interesting. First, we had that red pepper bit, then black pepper, and finally? Vanilla Coffee Bean! YES! ha!
This is definitely a medium to full bodied smoke though.
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?
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
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.
I can’t believe I’ve smoked like a dozen of these beauties and never once reviewed the cigar here.
This is the Don Cervantes Presidente Churchill, a 7X50 cigar made in conjunction with ACC Cigars and the folks at MATASA, specifically, Manuel Quesada, of FONSECA and Casa Magna fame.
Filled with rare aged tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, Presidente is wrapped with an aged, golden Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. In demand by almost every top cigar brand in the world, the Presidente’s tobacco is fermented for nearly a year, then bundle aged for an additional year. The Presidente’s ash burns white and beautifully, and this outstanding cigar’s long finish is unique among cigars. The Presidente comes wrapped in the famous “P” Cigar jacket.
The notes on the cigar are as follows: It starts off with a spicy kick to it, my thoughts are this is Quesada’s signature, and I taste red and black pepper, along with mulled wine. The pre-light draw is airy, with notes of leather and very faint cedar.
Upon lighting, the cigar draws perfectly and the ash holds very steadily due to entubado bunching used to create a more complex blend. Once the cigar gets going, the consistency of flavors are as follows: Definite pepper notes, red and black of course, with hints of white pepper and mellow wood notes. The cigar also has meaty notes. I’ve heard roast beef, but I personally can’t place that all too familiar and delicious taste, yet I won’t lie. It’s damn fine. The ash holds on quite well and when I can find my picture of this cigar literally standing on its ash, I’ll post it
The cigar mellows over the course of the smoke, becoming more balanced and refined thanks not only to the various blends in the cigar but the extensive age of the leaves used to make it. An average age of 12 years, along with a longer fermentation period only enhance the cigar.
Honestly, like everything else I’ve smoked from ACC, this is a very welcome addition to my humidor, even at the premium price one would pay for it.