Cigar: Man O’ War Puro Authentico
Maker: AJ Fernandez
Size: 5×42 Corona
Very nice toothy Habano wrapper on this beauty. The seams are easy to see but it has a nice tight wrap and very minimal veins. I love the simple design of the band. Too many companies put a robusto sized band on a corona. This size and look of the band really compliments the look of the cigar. The addition of a pigtail at the head and a shaggy foot are a nice touch. Not much aroma off the wrapper but the head has a very rich, dark tobacco scent after clipping.
Right from the initial puff this cigar is producing rich, dense smoke laced with rich tobacco, earth, and leather. The draw is a bit tight but with the volume of smoke I can’t complain one bit. About an inch in I am picking up a mix of pepper and spice. It is making me wish I had ate some Mexican food for supper. If I could smoke a red pepper this would be it. I am already starting to feel this one. I am really hoping that it doesn’t get stronger going into the last half.
Burn is going great, and the ash just dropped off. My wish came true. The pepper has subsided a bit and now the cigar is transitioning. There is a touch of sweetness creeping in and the earthiness has now been replaced with coffee. Going into the last third it has actually picked up a creamy texture and with the other flavors this thing has become quite complex. I will definitely have to nub this little firecracker!
Take all the best most flavorful tobacco from the other Man O’ War lines and compact them into a corona and you have one great little stick. I was pleasantly surprised by the great burn of this stick paired with the amazing flavor. While these are priced at 7.50 a stick I still believe that they are worth a try. The fact that AJ packed that much flavor into such a small cigar is a real feat. Supposedly this started out as his own private smoke and I can understand why.