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Enclave by AJ Fernandez

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Price – $7
Beverage – Once with Water, once with Coffee (w/cream), once with Coca-Cola
Size – Toro (6 X 52)
Strength – 2.5 (Demi/Sly)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)

Composition:
Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder – Cameroon
Filler – Nicaraguan/Piloto Cubano

When AJ Fernandez comes out with a new cigar, I take notice. It’s like the market awaiting the Fed’s decision on whether or not to raise interest rates. With that said, I had to give the Enclave a shot, here are my thoughts:

1) Great construction, great draw, great burn

2) Solid medium cigar, teetering on full body as you get into it

3) Expect to taste some cedar, pepper, and some cocoa/chocolate

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

I make no bones about it, I’m an AJ Fernandez fan. It’s one of those brands where you light one up and right away there’s a distinctive taste that says, “Ya, I’m an AJ Fernandez”. However, that did not happen with the Enclave as I found this to be unique in comparison to previous AJ endeavors outside of the Mayimbe. As evidenced in the opening rundown, I had to smoke the Enclave three times to get a good idea of how I really felt about it. After my three journeys, it’s safe to say that I enjoyed the Enclave and at a $7 price point, it’s a no brainer. The 6 X 52 is one of my all time favorite vitolas, coupled with a cool closed foot, the Enclave is a good medium/medium-full role player in your humidor.

San Lotano Oval (Maduro) by AJ Fernandez

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Price – $9
Beverage – Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee w/Cream and Sugar
Size – Toro (6 X 52)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

Well it sure feels like I’m just mowing down the AJ Fernandez lineup like Chris Sale against lefty hitters. This was my first time with the Oval and here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent construction, perfect burn, easy draw. I really liked the box press as well.

2) The Oval Maduro is a solid Sly, not a grab a garbage can strength level, but solidly strong. I would encourage a meal prior to firing one of these up.

3) We have previously discussed how some of the different maduros smoke. I would put the Oval in the more cocoa like tasting maduros ie the Jericho Hill, Sindicato, etc versus the spice bombs.

4) My smoke time was an hour and ten minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke this again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

The AJ Fernandez cigars continue to impress me each time. The Oval Maduro is another example of a really good cigar at a great price point. I’m not going as far to say that this is my favorite Maduro, but I really enjoyed smoking it and definitely recommend picking it up and keeping some around in the humidor as well.

San Lotano Habano by AJ Fernandez

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Price – ($7-8) Compliments of David – Midwest Sales Manager for AJ Fernandez, thank you David!
Beverage – Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee w/Cream and Sugar (I really should see if Dunkin’ Donuts will sponsor us with all this free pub, maybe one day)
Size – Toro (6 X 54)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

Similar to Padron, I’m starting to wonder if AJ Fernandez makes a bad cigar. The night I met up Big Ben at Burning Leaf I had the chance to chat with David, the Midwest Sales Manager for AJ Fernandez. As we talked, I had mentioned that Drew and I do a little blog and he generously gifted this cigar to me for review. Here are my thoughts:

1) Awesome burn, great construction, easy draw

2) This is a strong stick, upper level Sly and could be an Arnold for even the veterans. I had a meal beforehand and I still found it hearty, so I recommend eating prior to enjoying the Habano.

3) I found this cigar rather spicy with a little coffee like flavor. On my next go round I’d really like to give this stick a whirl with a Dr. Pepper pairing.

4) Smoke time was about fifty-five minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke this again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes – these cigars can be procured in the $7-8 range, which took my rating from a Rambo up to an Expendables in this case, truly a great value.

The New World is still my favorite AJ Fernandez cigar, and quite frankly one of my favorite cigars period. With that in mind, I’ve been trying to sample more AJ offerings. The Habano is another wonderful cigar by the AJ Fernandez crew and I suggest guys looking for a flavorful full body cigar give these a shot.

David, thank you again for gifting me this cigar!

San Lotano Bull by AJ Fernandez

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Price – $35 for a 5er ($7/stick at Burning Leaf in Aurora, IL)
Beverage – Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee w/Cream and Sugar
Size – Box Pressed Torpedo (6 1/2 X 54)
Strength – Sly (3/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

I’m a huge Chicago Bulls fan, the question going into tonight was whether or not I’d come away being an AJ Fernandez Bull fan as well. This was my first time with the San Lotano and here are my thoughts:

1) Great construction, excellent burn and easy draw

2) The Bull was a lot stronger than I anticipated and I would recommend a meal beforehand, solid Sly on the strength.

3) Had a coffee like and spicy taste to it. In my opinion, the second half of the stick is what really sold me.

4) Smoke time was about 1 hour

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? The proof is in the pudding, I bought two 5ers so yes I would give it humidor space. This is a great go to cigar when you’re looking for a stronger smoke at a great price (the price on this one elevated it from a Rambo an Expendables for those keeping score at home).

Another solid offering from AJ Fernandez and this one packs a bit of a punch. I was able to get a great deal on these and I know they retail for more, even online (thanks Jamal and David). If you can grab them in that $9-$10 range they are still worth snagging a few.

Pinolero by AJ Fernandez

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Rating – (6) Sabotage
Strength – (3) Sly
Vitola – Robusto
Price – 8.75
Drink. – Dr. Pepper slushy

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Fired up this little smoke on the way to the city. Mo has smoked some AJ Fernandez and I decided to give them a try. For me, this cigar was a good solid Sly but could definitely be an Arnold for some people.

My thought on this cigar – very good look to this cigar, great wrapper, very cool band as well. The smoke of this cigar was very good, not too thick but good. Excellent flavor to this cigar as well, very smooth, kind of creamy as well. I mentioned the strength of this cigar earlier and I think you should prob eat something before hand if you normally smoke something lighter.

Would I smoke this one again? Yes it was a great cigar, my only problem is the price, I normally smoke pretty slow and this only lasted 35-45min, and for $8.75 that’s kind of on the pricy side of things. I did really enjoy it, but would like to see the price drop a bit.

New World by AJ Fernandez Cigars

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Price – $6.39
Beverage – McDonald’s Coke
Size – Gobernador Box Pressed Toro (6 1/2 X 55)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Rocky IV (9/10)

It’s AJ Fernandez’s New World and we’re just living in it brothers and sisters, this was my first go with this stick and here are my thoughts:

1) Love the box press, excellent draw and burn. This thing is an industrial smoke stack kids.

2) The strength surprised me, this thing is not light. I’d say it’s a strong medium, it’s a personal Demi, could be a Sly for some.

3) The New World is smooth, a little sweet, creamy and packs a little punch.

4) Smoke time was 1 hour

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke this again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? A box of these at Famous goes for $111 for 21 sticks. At that price, these are not only humidor space worthy, these are box worthy.

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this cigar. I really think My Father fans such as myself will find this stick in their wheelhouse. The New World is an excellent cigar at an excellent price and will be a part of my rotation going forward and added to our best value list.

Pick these us as soon as you can at Famous Smoke Shop!