Cigar Assessor

Cigar Assessor

Friday, January 17, 2014

AJ Fernandez Pinolero Maduro Toro

Size: 6 X 52

Wrapper: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Browsing the many cigars at Old Oaks Cigar & Wine Company my favorite cigar shop, I see a Pinolero but with a dark leaf wrapper. Could this be a Maduro? I ask Albert and he tells me about the cigar and I purchase a few. Being a fan of AJ Fernandez's cigars, I smoke one right away and enjoy it very much. I give one away and smoke my other one for this review.

This cigar is a well constructed, dark brown wrapped, minimally veined beauty. The band is the same band as the Pinolero natural. Two women thrashing corn. I sniffed the foot and smelled Hay, sweetness and farm. I placed the stick under my nose and picked up a barnyard scent. I clipped the cap with my Colibri Slice Cutter and it cuts nice and smooth. I took an open dry draw of chocolate and leather. I toasted the foot with my Colibri Eclipse lighter. A single flame which I now prefer over multiple flames. Why over toast the foot with a triple flame and char the wrapper? I tasted bittersweet chocolate and then cedar in my first few draws of full creamy smoke. Later in this third I tasted cocoa, white pepper and honey. The grey ash fell for the first time about an inch in. The burn was even.


The full creamy smoke continued to pump out and the burn was a little uneven. In the second section I tasted hints of cocoa, white pepper and coffee.

The last third and the band came off without incident. No tearing, cracks or defects underneath the band. The sweetness notes continued along with the white pepper and coffee. Burn even out and the smoke continued to be full and creamy.

The was a very good smoking experience and a Cigar Assessor Approved Cigar. If you see these at your local brick and mortar pick a few up. You'll be glad you did.

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