Wrapper: Dark Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Ometepe Viso, Condega Ligero, Esteli Ligero)
Size: 5.5 x 55 “Robusto-Box Pressed”
Price: $6.00 MSRP ($5.00 everywhere)
Today we take a look at the brand new A.J. Fernandez New World.
The cigar made its debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
From the AJ Fernandez web site:
“The New World Cigar is very special to A.J.’s heart as it is the first cigar he has created together with his father, Ismael Fernandez. Named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492, New World is a medium to full bodied cigar with an amazing aroma. Smokers of New World will experience elements of sweetness, spiciness in a very balanced and refined cigar. A.J. Fernandez is looking for New World to be a first class cigar that can be a daily source of enjoyment.”
From Cigar Aficionado:
“Named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492, New World will debut at next week’s International Premium Cigars & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. Fernandez collaborated with his father, Ismael, on the cigar, which is comprised of a wrapper from Nicaragua that covers binder from the Jalapa Valley and a filler blend of Ometepe, Condega and Estelí tobaccos.”
The stick comes in 5 sizes, all box pressed:
Navegante (Robusto): 5.5 X 55
Almirante (Belicoso): 5.5 X 55
Gobernador (Toro): 6.5 X 55
Virrey (Gordo): 6 X 58
Cigar.com had a one day deal on a 5 pack around 2-1/2 weeks ago. I didn’t have the dough and was heartbroken as the cigars had not been released to online stores yet. A few days later, I found them at Tampa Humidor for less than the cigar.com deal. They offered free shipping and as a result, it took two weeks to get here. I lit one up last night and all I thought was Wow!
So I moved the planned cigar for review back a day to review the New World. This is one of those rare cigars that has the blender’s intent for the first couple of days upon removing the cello. Then it back tracks and goes into hibernation for a month or two. So I’m jumping while the jumping is good.
The cigar retails for $6 but this is a regular production cigar and everyone is charging $5. So just pick a retailer and go for it. Free shipping always helps but don’t let that stop you.
For some reason, Small Batch Cigar does not carry any of AJ’s blends.
It is a beautiful box press. Not perfect with some sharp corners here and rounded ones there. But crisp. The wrapper is a mottled dark chocolate color with some tooth. Seams are perfect. Veins are disguised by the darkness of the wrapper. The cap is a dome formation and my eyes can’t tell how many caps are there. Based on price, I would have to say just one…a double, at the most. But it is perfectly implemented.
And there is a pretty red ribbon at the foot with the AJ logo. I slide it off the same way I remove my silk stockings at bedtime.
I clip the cap and find aromas of dark chocolate, spice, earthiness, and barnyard.
Time to light up.
The draw is just a bit tight. The cigar is absolutely jam packed.
And then a blast of black pepper. And another blast of dark chocolate. Then the “It” factor. It hits you square between the eyes. It has a sophistication that it should only have after 6-9 months of humidor time. It is full of flavors such as wood, cream, sweetness, black cherry, and a rich soil earthiness. The earthiness sweeps me off my feet like the Pope anointing me.
The maduro-ness is out of this world. I’ve said it before but this stick reminds me very much of the Cigar Federation The Collective; which I love. It has a uniqueness that can only be described as sophistication and an assault on the palate so dense that I yet to be able to put the flavor into words. No one else has either as I’ve trolled the best reviewer’s sites. And not just for this cigar, but for any cigar with the IT factor.
It’s like that old axiom, “I don’t know what I want, but when I see it, I will know that’s it.”
Same thing applies here. Ismael Fernandez must have had a big influence on the blending process. Just my gut saying so. I hope so anyway or else it is just a cheap marketing trick.
With ½” burned, the draw opens up perfectly.
The flavors go from bouncing around to aiming like a laser. The A.J. Fernandez New World is amass with intense and gorgeous flavors.
There was no rush to review it as I said earlier, it is a regular production cigar. But I know that in a couple days, this blender’s intent will go away and I wanted to catch it in its prime instead of a month or two from now.
Some cigars just do that. They blossom like crazy at first and then slough off for a few months. No one in the cigar industry has been able to explain why to me.
The dark chocolate is so gooey and full of Cacao, that it is as close to being an infused cigar without being one. The creaminess just adds to the flavor and nuance and balance.
The spiciness begins to wane.
The black cherry sweetness is now very strong. The draw, all of a sudden, becomes a chore….so I gently massage the jam packed stick.
It is fine now. I think there is a small plug in the stick. All of these wonderful flavors are happening with a cigar that has not had sufficient dry boxing. It is a little smooshy. But the flavors are undeniable. That is probably the root of the draw issue.
The earthiness is just top notch.
And now we have a true flavor bomb.
This is a prime example that you don’t need to spend $10 for a good stick. Clearly, the Fernandez folks are making their profit due to mass quantities being dumped into every store in America.
This may be the best $5 cigar I’ve smoked.
The char line is near razor sharp now. I wouldn’t be surprised if some online stores see a rush on this cigar and end up out of stock for a bit. But not to worry. Everyone has them. Tampa Humidor is also selling half boxes. That’s 11 cigars for $52.00. Which brings the price down to $4.73. And they supply free shipping. But they have only 3 of the sizes.
I received a few bucks from a sponsor and went straight to Tampa Humidor to buy a half box of A.J. Fernandez New World. This is the perfect every day cigar. In a blind taste test I would put this in the $8 range. Maybe more considering how much all the new cigars out of this year’s IPCPR are charging.
Here are the flavors: Chocolate, creaminess, sweetness, spice, black cherry, sweet cedar, floral notes, and a healthy dose of leather.
A comment was left about retro haling the cigars for review. I don’t do that because a lot of smokers don’t use that method; or know how. Plus, it is rough on the delicate linings of my shnoz. If I weren’t a chain smoker, I might use that method. But my nose would be as dry as the Sahara.
The strength has been dead center medium body from the get go.
The flavors are just crazy good. This is not a kitchen sink flavor profile. No need. It does wonders with what it has.
I begin to pick up a molasses note. The black pepper begins to slowly build. Some herbal notes are now in the background.
For this review, I am sipping on an Atkins shake. It really brings out the creaminess and chocolate.
For the next few days, I am going to concentrate on inexpensive cigars that are every bit as good as expensive cigars.
I am able to do this due to the kindness and generosity of some of my readers/friends.
Jesus. The A.J. Fernandez New World is out of this world. It is deeply complex with a perfect balance. And it contains a very long, chewy finish.
I am getting a hint of nicotine.
New flavors arrive: Raisins compete with the black cherry. And there is a black licorice element now. There is also a minty component.
The chocolate morphs a bit and tastes like a premium buttery chocolate chip cookie.
The strength moves up to medium/full.
With the cigar band gone, I can see how beautiful the construction is. This is so rare for a cigar at this price point.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, chocolate, sweetness, floral notes, herbal notes, black licorice, sweet cedar, black cherry, raisins, mint, and leather.
Now, the A.J. Fernandez New World has a kitchen sink flavor profile.
The nicotine becomes very strong as I become light headed. I grab my crash helmet.
I have to stop the review and grab a bowl of cereal or I won’t be able to finish.
The last third begins and it looks like it still has a foot to go from my muddled nicotine infested brain.
Coffee joins the fray.
The A.J. Fernandez New World is just a spectacular cigar. And I am seriously mulling it over as to whether it should now be on my Top 25 list. The 2013 cigars are beginning to drop off the list.
I’m guessing that SBC doesn’t carry them because of the already low price point. 10% off and free shipping and Andrew would be giving them away.
The sun light makes the oiliness in the wrapper just shimmer…also giving it a caramel color.
I switch to Diet Coke so I can have my egg cream experience.
The A.J. Fernandez New World finishes off full bodied with a boat load of nicotine.
But it also finishes with a sudden explosion of flavors.
I do recommend that you smoke the cigar on a full stomach.
AJ and Ismael do it again. The Fernandez style of blending on this cigar is one more example of why I am such a big fan of everything AJ Fernandez.
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