Ave Maria – Cigar Review

Ave Maria Cigar 2
Up for review is the highly touted Ave Maria cigar.  The one we lit up was the smaller Knights Templar vitola, which we recommend over the larger varieties.  It has an oily wrapper leaf and tight roll.  Once lit up, it tasted tangy with cedar, pepper, a faint sweetness, and spice.  That bold flavor mellowed and was replaced by a delicious carmel sweetness.  Overall, these are expensive cigars, but that delicious flavor makes them easy to recommend.  Definitely worth a try!
Ave Maria Cigar 1
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 47/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Total: 48/50

Ave Maria Cigar 3
7:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: Ave Maria has a very oily wrapper leaf and excellent spicy tobacco smell. Good draw after a shallow cut.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: good construction. Agree, very sweet tobacco smell on the wrapper. Little spice, earth, and a hint of something sweet. Maybe molasses. Quite a bit on the cold draw.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: little bit of restriction on the draw
7:46 PM
IamDarren: seems very tightly rolled
7:47 PM
IamDarren: i believe this is the 6×48 (Knights Templar) Vitola. 6 to 7 bucks for a single.
7:48 PM
Terry1: Nice corona size. I’ve been smoking a lot of the 6 by 60 lately. This feels really narrow. Looks well constructed. Draw is good. Getting a cedar note. Ready to light up.
7:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lighting!
7:49 PM
IamDarren: great. FIRE time.
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: Getting cedar, spice, a tangy bitterness (pleasant) and a bunch of spice.
7:52 PM
IamDarren: decent amount of pepper. Kind of a mix of wood and leather for me. Hint of sweetness. Agree, overall its a bit tangy with some spice on the finish.
7:54 PM
Terry1: Heavy wood note to start. Pepper bite in the sinus. I agree with the tangy quality to the smoke. Bold start.
7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: I really like the flavor the more I puff. Having a hard time letting it rest
7:56 PM
IamDarren: Its fairly strong but not overpowering. Still picking up plenty of flavor. Burn line is decent. Good smoke production.
7:57 PM
IamDarren: Went ahead and removed the band. Makes me want to go to the renaissance festival
7:57 PM
IamDarren: A little over the top in my opinion
7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol! Yeah, it’s in your face.
7:59 PM
IamDarren: about 3/4″ in and the flavor is changing. Pepper is subsiding and being replace buy a buttery / sweet flavor. Can’t quite pin it down.
8:00 PM
IamDarren: still pepper in the sinus but less in the throat
8:01 PM
IamDarren: think im gonna call it caramel. Mixing very well with the wood and spice notes.
8:02 PM
Terry1: Mine is changing the same way. It’s getting creamier and a little sweeter. I’m liking how this cigar is smoking. Perfect amount of smoke with each draw.
8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice even draw too.
8:04 PM
StraightUpCigars: Makes me think of this cheeseball movie – First Knight. http://teammovies.com/images/First%20Knight.jpg
[http://teammovies.com/images/First%20Knight.jpg]
teammovies.com/images/First%20Knight.jpg
8:06 PM
IamDarren: lol, hey i liked that movie. Lancelot couldn’t keep it in his pants…
8:06 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol! Cracking up over here.
8:07 PM
IamDarren: how about Monty Python… been a long time since i saw that one
8:07 PM
Terry1: That’s a classic.
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: Same here, been too long.
8:10 PM
IamDarren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIV4poUZAQo
[The Knights Who Say “Ni!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail – YouTube]
The Knights Who Say “Ni!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail – YouTube
8:10 PM
IamDarren: Hahaha lol
8:11 PM
IamDarren: we want a shubbery… who the hell came up with that
8:12 PM
IamDarren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690
[Black Knight – YouTube]
Black Knight – YouTube
8:12 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol!
8:13 PM
Terry1: My Ave Marie is getting that caramel note you mentioned. Still has the woody note and a weaker version of the pepper. I’m also detecting some kind of herbal note. Really tasty right now. Burn and draw has been about perfect.
8:13 PM
IamDarren: Im into the second third. Strength has really mellowed. Very tasty right now.
8:16 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is very cedary with a buttery smoke. I agree, it’s mellowed big time.
8:16 PM
Terry1: I had this blend in the toro size and I am really liking this size much better.
8:16 PM
IamDarren: what was different about it?
8:18 PM
Terry1: This one seems to have a better concentration of flavors. I’m sure it’s just the filler to wrapper ratio.
8:20 PM
IamDarren: I got a torp once and i think it was the same. I found it to be a little bland except for the wood and pepper.
8:22 PM
StraightUpCigars: I love the way you stated that, filler to wrapper ratio. Haven’t heard it explained that way, but may be a big part of why the big sticks don’t do it for me.
8:24 PM
IamDarren: Just passed the halfway mark. flavor is becoming slightly more acidic. Definitely more of a cedar note now. Still very tasty. Can’t believe how much the flavor has transitioned since the beginning.
8:25 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m definitely out ahead of you. In the final third now. Loving it. Perfect burn too.
8:26 PM
Terry1: I’m nearing the final third. Lots of cedar. I’m noticing the acidity too. Great cigar so far.
8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: I haven’t looked in a while, but they were selling like hot cakes on the bid site. They’ve definitely been discovered.
8:33 PM
Terry1: Feeling just a trace of nicotine. Got about an inch left.
8:34 PM
Terry1: Isn’t this an AJF blend?
8:34 PM
IamDarren: They have been out for quite awhile. I sent this one out in the last shipment after i discovered that it wasn’t on the review list. For some reason i just thought we had already smoked it.
8:35 PM
IamDarren: Yeah, i believe it is blended by AJ
8:38 PM
IamDarren: im in the last inch. Pepper is making a comeback and im feeling the nicotine.
8:40 PM
Terry1: Nearing the end on mine. A little more pepper combined with the cedar and a mild sweetness. Really tasty. I’m sad that it’s about done.
8:42 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just set mine down sadly. Good to the last drop.
8:42 PM
IamDarren: agreed, this one really delivered
8:44 PM
Terry1: I’m setting mine down. Really nice flavors to the end.
8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: You guys ready to rate it?
8:45 PM
IamDarren: same here, i can rate anytime
8:47 PM
IamDarren: Its probably worth mentioning that the size might play a big role with this one
8:47 PM
Terry1: This one is easy to recommend. Great flavors and construction. The corona size really delivered. I’ll be buying more of these soon. Thanks Darren for picking this one up. Glad to have tried it.
8:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Overall, this one was worth the expensive price tag. Great flavor all the way through.


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