The Fallen Angel cigar is a well-reviewed cigar by AJ Fernandez. This box-pressed cigar has a perfect looking wrapper with minimal veins and a good draw after cutting. Once lit up, this flavor packed cigar has a charred oak note with lots of pepper. Later on it mellows out and a sweet and spicy cinnamon flavor takes over. Overall, the construction was perfect and the flavors delicious. This is yet another easy to recommend cigar coming from AJF. Give one a try!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: I have said it before, I am not a huge box press fan but I love the wrapper on this stick. Smoother than a babies bottom.
IamDarren: Great construction, and nice draw after a shallow clip.
Terry1: The Fallen Angel is a chunk of a cigar. Box press helps with the large 60 rg. Mottled wrapper with minimal veins. Draw is great with a barnyard type of note. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: yeah I don’t get a whole lot on the cold draw either. Im excited to get started. Bring on the flame!
IamDarren: Quite the blend of flavor. Hard to pin down. Very bright peppercorn flavor up front with some wood and sweet spice. Slightly buttery on the finish.
Terry1: Plenty of smoke to start off with. Lots of flavors intermingling. In a general sense I’m getting some sweetness, a spicy note in the sinus and an oaky woody note.
IamDarren: They tout this cigar as full bodied and I would agree that it is full flavored but im not getting that much strength yet. Flavor is mixing well and very tasty.
Terry1: I’m having a hard time identifying where this cigar wants to go. Some puffs are sweet and creamy with a hint of cedar, then others are pepper heavy with a charred oak barrel note. Burn is good so far being box pressed.
IamDarren: Yeah, plenty of smoke and decent burn for a box press. Flavor is super complex. Im starting to get a hint of that charred oak on the finish now. It may be a little over the top but I like how the flavors mix together to create something unique. We will see what happens in the transition to the next third. Mine is burning slow so it may be awhile.
Terry1: Mine is slow burning too. I’ve been experimenting with how fast I puff to see if that’s causing the flavor changes and I’m thinking the slower I smoke the more the sweetness comes out. Can’t go to slow or we’ll be here all night.
IamDarren: Funny story about how I got these. Last year when these came out they put together 10 packs that were in a special limited edition box called Devils Ink. I saw they were on sale for like 26 bucks… so I thought why not? Less than 3 bucks a stick. Turns out once these started being reviewed and people found out the price went to 5 bucks a stick.
IamDarren: Im just crossing into the second third. Flavor is mellowing. Pepper is fading. Getting a lot more sweetness. Very chewey smoke. There is an underlying richness that is immediately covered up by that sweet spice. Really tasty.
Terry1: I guess that’s capitalism. Glad you got in early. Burn is starting to waver. Sweetness is about the same and there’s now a charred note on the finish. It’s not as peppery or as strong as I expected. Maybe it’ll hit me later.
Terry1: Band came off without incident. Pepper is about gone. I’m getting that sweetness with maybe a graham cracker note and a little of the charred oak. I’m around halfway and I can now feel some of the nicotine. If this continues to strengthen I’m wondering if I’ll be able to finish this cigar.
IamDarren: im not feeling it yet but there is a lot of cigar left. Mine has really mellowed. Almost no pepper at all now. Maybe the graham cracker is whats giving mine the chewey character. Im just really enjoying the flavor profile. And I like the transition from the bright peppery note in the first third to the mellow sweet spice we are getting now.
Terry1: I agree I liked that transition. I’m liking the flavors better now than at the first. I’m getting close to starting the final third. I’m feeling the nicotine. Not sure I’ll get through the last third. The wavering burn self corrected. It’s pretty straight now.
IamDarren: Damn. Im just crossing the halfway mark. lol
Terry1: Wow I’m surprised I’m that far ahead of you.
Terry1: I guess I’m thinking if I hurry it up I can finish the cigar before the nicotine makes me fall out of my chair.
IamDarren: haha. Mine is starting to pick up a lot more of that charred oak on the finish. Its still mixing well with the other flavor but I can see where it is heading. Last third might be interesting.
Terry1: I’m getting down to the last inch. Sweetness is still there. My lips and tongue are tingling like from cinnamon. Nicotine is strong but manageable. I’m liking it.
IamDarren: Well this is definitely a vitola that I normally wouldn’t purchase at retail. I think it would smoke better in a smaller RG.
Terry1: I was thinking the same thing. I’d like to try the robusto size.
Terry1: I’m nearing the end. Smoke is getting hot. No other transitions in the final third but then it didn’t really need to change. I enjoyed the last half of the Fallen Angel when the sweetness picked up.
Terry1: Nicotine for me is nearing the full mark but I’ve had stronger cigars. I would think most would be able to smoke this cigar without much problems.
IamDarren: i agree, i really like the flavor profile on this stick. I think it would be great in a smaller vitola. Burn has been exceptional for a box press. Slow burn with lots of smoke.
IamDarren: i would be very tempted to buy more because its not too strong, can be smoked any time of day and like the Diesel line i think it would stay lit and wouldn’t need babysitting.
IamDarren: I have well over an inch left but we can rate at any time. Mine is not heating up and i think my flavors will also continue to the nub.
Terry1: I would hesitate about buying a box of the toro gordo but I would like to try a smaller size. Good flavors, some transition and not too strong. I can recommend trying the Fallen Angel. Good pick. Thank you Darren for letting me try it.
IamDarren: Thanks for being willing to take on such a large full bodied stick. I smoked one a few weeks ago and didn’t think the strength was too bad so i figured you could handle it.
IamDarren: Normally these large cigars are lacking in complexity so im kinda stoked to try a smaller one.
Terry1: Yeah, makes me think the flavors would be more pronounced in a smaller size. Mine got a little spongy towards the end. Loosely filled for the box press is my guess.