Wrapper origin: Mexico-San Andres
Wrapper type: Maduro
Appearance (0-20): This is a nice looking stick. If you pick this up, at the same time you look at the price, I think you would be pretty amazed. It has a beautiful dark brown wrapper, which is wrapped to perfection. It has a oily sheen to it, and feels well balanced. The band is quite simple, using simple red script to signify this cigar.
Construction (0-20): Everything went as planned with this stick, and it lived up to its appearance. This figurado was perfectly shaped and rolled, with even amounts of tobacco packed into every section. There were no strong veins in this stick, sported a light gray ash that last about an 1” or so. The burn was very even for the figurado, and the draw gave off some nice smoke.
Strength (0-20): The Est. 1844 is listed as a medium stick. When I began smoking, I felt as though they were spot on. I generally smoke a variety of cigars, but like to teeter down near medium-full smokes. This could be isolated, but this cigar hit me pretty good. I felt a nicotine rush a little bit after halfway, and would give this a medium-full label. Not bad.
Flavor (0-20): The flavors start off pretty peppery and spicy in the first inch. After that, I taste different notes of woodiness and sweetness. The sweetness comes out, and is very enjoyable after the initial spice from the light. It was well balanced, and flavorful right down to the end.
Value (0-20): As mention earlier, you can grab these for about $4.00—even less in bundles or boxes. I would happily pay that price for a nice size cigar with ample flavors. Quality tobaccos, for a cheap price. You really can’t beat that.
Additional Notes: Smoked at CI, no pairing.
Another quick note--this is an AJ Fernandez blend. He does great stuff!
Overall (0-100): I remember I smoked one of these about a year ago for the first time, and I wasn’t very impressed. I didn’t pick another one out of my humidor until now, and I am happy I did. This is the main reason you cannot judge a cigar by 1 stick, because there would be many factors.