Sunday, February 12, 2012

La Herencia Cubana Core

Wrapper origin: Equador
Wrapper type: Habano sun grown
Filler: Nicaraguan, PA broadleaf, Ometepe ligero, Esteli ligero, Jamastran ligero
Length: 6.5”
Ring: 52
Cost: $11.00

Appearance (0-20): The box press and wrap was completed nicely.  The band was simple and somewhat blends into the color of the wrapper, but that’s not a bad thing either. One small vein down the end of the cigar to note, but I can’t say that it affected anything about the smoke. There was a small crack in the middle of my cigar, but that has nothing to do with the construction. I think my humidor was off a bit. Beautiful.

Score: 19

Construction (0-20): Is AJ Fernandez a wizard? This guy doesn’t do anything but make amazing cigars.  This might be the best draw that I’ve ever had on a cigar; that I can easily remember that it.  One draw and I got great amounts of smoke. I usually pull twice on a cigar to get the right amount of smoke, but not here.  The burn was great, and ash was white-grey. The only complaint would be that the ash only held on for about ¾”.  If that is the only gripe that I have about the construction, then this is a win. The box press was done perfectly, with no soft spots at all.

Score: 20

Strength (0-20): The smoke was medium bodied, but the flavoring was quite balanced. Now AJ Fernandez can give you a wide array of strengths, and this was just right for this particular cigar.  I was not overpowered, but it allowed me to taste all the intricacies that were included in the filler. Great relaxing cigar.

Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): And here we are at the meat and potatoes.  Coming off the initial light, there is a quick bit of spice, and then right into cocoa flavor.  There is no time wasted here getting to what the cigar is all about.  You will taste cocoa/chocolate all the way through, but different notes of cedar, spice, and nuts will leave your pallet happy. After each puff, you will also taste sweetness on your tongue. 

Score: 18

Value (0-20): I didn’t purchase this at retail, but it sells for $11.00. I guess that isn’t a terrible price point for the 6.5x52 box press.  Would I spring up and go buy it at retail? Maybe. Would I buy a sampler with this included to bring the MSRP down….Hell yea. I do believe that it is also priced higher since it used well aged tobaccos that require no rest in your humidor.

Score: 17

Additional Notes: Paired with Sam Adams Black Lager, smoked at CI.

Overall (0-100): Just to remind everyone, I do not have stock in AJ Fernandez cigars. When you have it, you have it. He puts out great cigars, and they are consistent every single time.  I really enjoyed this, and would buy it again if the price is right. I wish he produced newer lines of cigars more often, but then again he takes his time and really hits a home run.

Score: 93

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