"This was an excellent cigar! This is the kind of cigar you look forward to smoking all day, and when you do sit down to smoke it...it delivers!" -Mickey T. (irratebass)
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"My first impressions were negative due to the size of the cigar. Eliminating my bias towards that was easy once I started smoking the cigar. It really was a pleasant and long experience. This is still not necessarily going to be a first choice smoke for me but I can say it was flavorful enough all the way through to work for a niche smoke at the right time for me. Well constructed and good looking, I’d revisit this cigar again." -Diana (ArmyRN)
Altadis U.S.A. announced today that the H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez like would be adding an extension: Finca La Lilia 2009. This new blend uses tobacco from the La Lilia farm, named after the grandmother of AJ Fernandez. The crop used was planted in 2009.
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"I thoroughly enjoyed this Cigar despite its large size. Sweet and lightly peppery with an abundance of smoke output. The only drawback was the aforementioned bitterness at the end. Be prepared to invest some time. This is one is slow burner. " -James H. (Keikan Jim)
For the most part, this tasted like a Cohiba, and not the best one I’ve had. I had expected a lot more from a special edition. The flavors were not all that complex and the transitions were moderately noticeable. Perhaps with some more time this would be something special, but for the moment, I doubt it will justify the hefty price tag it will take to get one.
There's almost a sneaky level of nicotine that keeps building slowly the entire time. It wasn't enough to make me dizzy but I could feel that warm sensation in my stomach. The burn was pretty good but it was slightly wavy the entire time but I didn't need to touch up or relight it at any point so it had that going for it. The draw was snug but the smoke output was ample and had a creamy mouthfeel. There's not a crazy amount of flavors that will keep you guessing but the experience that it provides is very solid and almost the classic Nicaraguan experience I look for in this style.
"This is a big cigar that's not big on flavors or complexity. With a ring gauge this large, if I'm going to spend over an hour and a half smoking a cigar I would ideally like to experience more flavors and transitions." -Allison T. (The Yoga Ash)
I've talked to several people recently and the seeming consensus is that pretty much everyone makes good cigars; which is for the most part true. So what makes a great cigar? For me at least, it one that tells a story. This one told a story with it's clean flavors and ever changing profile. The burn started a little wavy but never needed a touch up or relight and eventually became razor sharp. I wish the draw was just slightly tighter; but I like a bit more resistance and others may find it perfect. The price point is a little high but I've smoked other cigars at similar prices that don't hold a candle to it. I can't recommend it enough and it's easily one of the top five cigars I've smoked this year.
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”It started off as a tasty cigar, however it plateaued about halfway through into a steady flavor profile. The back half remained a pleasant profile but lacked complexity. Draw, construction, and burn were exceptional for this sample considering the size. Not something I’d run and grab every day but definitely smoke one here and there when I crave a large stick.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
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"This is a fantastic cigar with well balanced flavors and a smooth rich texture. The sweet notes in this cigar range from honey, to caramel, to a vanilla cream, which really makes the cigar come to life. These sweet notes pair well with hearty tobacco and oak notes. Construction is top notch and the draw evens out into a smooth draw with just enough resistance. This cigar may be a bit too much for beginners, but it is a necessity for experienced cigar enthusiasts. This was an amazing cigar experience and I could easily put this cigar into my regular smoking rotation. Once I know what this cigar is, I am going to hunt down a box." -Dave (Cigar Jukebox)