Relic – Cigar Review

Relic Cigar 2
This review is of the Relic, a cigar by AJ Fernandez.  It has a rustic looking wrapper leaf and a good draw after cutting.  Once lit up, it hit us with sweet and creamy flavors with a bunch of pepper.  Loads of flavor right off the bat.  As we continue to smoke we get a rich savory flavor and espresso.  It tastes really good.  We did have a problem in the final third, though.  The cigar was burning much too hot and made smoking it difficult – the flavors were all over the place.  Overall, the first two thirds were so good, we’d still be happy just laying the cigar to rest early and skipping the final third.  We recommend giving this one a try.
Relic Cigar 1
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 46/50

Terry1: : Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Total: 45/50

Relic Cigar 3
7:34 PM
IamDarren: wrapper has some flaws on my stick but construction is good otherwise, draw is perfect. Getting some sort of leathery note on the cold draw. Almost tastes like a hint of that fire cured stuff.
7:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: My Relic has a rough looking wrapper leaf with a sweet-tobacco smell to it. The draw is a little loose, wish I would have punched it.
7:36 PM
IamDarren: was just reading the CI description and they say this cigar has his most prized / rarest wrapper
7:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: Huh, I don’t mind a mottled wrapper. Adds some character. I’m surprised it’s prized though.
7:38 PM
Terry1: My wrapper has a sweet smell also. Looks and feels well constructed. Draw is about right on mine. There is a funky note on the cold draw. Kind of reminds me what a wet dog smells like. Hopefully that translates to a great tasting cigar. Ready to light up.
7:38 PM
IamDarren: lol, im ready to light
7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lighting!
7:39 PM
IamDarren: Wow, flavor bomb went off in my mouth. Super sweet and savory
7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: Delicious start! Creamy and sweet with a ton of pepper on the finish.
7:41 PM
IamDarren: agreed, love that bright pepper note. Its not dry at all so it really mixes well.
7:42 PM
Terry1: You are right. A lot is going on in the initial puffs. Sweet and peppery are standing out but other flavors are present. Great start!
7:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: I didn’t realize this was another AJF stick.
7:44 PM
IamDarren: yep, another one of his new premiums. Around 7 bucks for this one
7:44 PM
IamDarren: im starting to get an espresso note on the finish. loving it
7:44 PM
Terry1: I like the band and name. Fits the flavors and look of the cigar.
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: I bet if you added up all his cigars, there’d be more than Rocky Patel. It’s curious that he doesn’t release them all under 1 label, it really makes it hard to keep track of what is his.
7:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree, Terry. Matches the ash color too.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: I like his branding. Keeping each cigar on its own instead of just calling it AJ blend #12 or something. That is where RP messed up i think.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: plus in general they are way better than RP cigars…. imho
7:48 PM
IamDarren: watch the ash, its pretty loose. Just dropped off at 1/2 inch
7:48 PM
IamDarren: flavors are getting more creamy, i wouldn’t say its mellowing because its still very rich and savory
7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: That savory flavor is coming through on mine now. It makes me think of hickory smoke flavor.
7:50 PM
Terry1: I’m getting that espresso note now. There’s also some astringency on the finish. Makes my mouth feel parched. Sweetness has faded to the background. Still has the pepper. Agree it’s more savory now.
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: Not sure about that word, but I agree on feeling parched
7:53 PM
IamDarren: lol, please explain to this dumb hick what astringency means?
7:54 PM
IamDarren: boy this thing is smoking like a freight train, lovin it
7:55 PM
Terry1: It’s another wine term and is related to tannin. Tannin to me is that slight bitterness you get and astringency is when your mouth feels dry. That’s the best I can do.
7:55 PM
Terry1: Both are usually present in a dry wine.
7:55 PM
StraightUpCigars: “Astringency is also the dry, puckering mouthfeel caused by tannins found in many fruits” Huh, I like learning new terms. Keep em coming Terry!
7:56 PM
IamDarren: lol, even my school teacher wife had to look it up. haha
7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: This one has some strength to it – I can feel it already.
7:58 PM
IamDarren: agreed, its creeping up. Im almost to the second third and the pepper is backing off a little. Might be loosing some of that Asstringency
7:59 PM
IamDarren: astrengtcy
7:59 PM
IamDarren: astringency
7:59 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol!
7:59 PM
Terry1: Lol! Keep trying.
8:00 PM
IamDarren: i knew i could get it eventually, thanks
8:00 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m encroaching on half way already. I have a really loose draw – but it sure does produce a lot of smoke. That and I’m puffing like it will be my last. Going to slow it down a bit.
8:01 PM
Terry1: Sweetness has suddenly come back on mine. Really liking the flavors now.
8:02 PM
Terry1: My draw is more deliberate so I’m not quite to halfway yet. Burn has been near perfect.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: mine is getting a little spongy, might be packed a little on the loose side. Flavor is great and tons of smoke so im not complaining. It does seem to be getting sweeter.
8:07 PM
IamDarren: this man just keeps releasing new blends… geeesh http://www.cigarsinternational.com/cigars/95754/enclave-by-aj-fernandez/
[Enclave by AJ Fernandez – Cigars International]
Enclave by AJ Fernandez – Cigars International
8:09 PM
Terry1: Wow strength just hit me. He also released a New World Connecticut I’m interested in.
8:09 PM
StraightUpCigars: That one sounds real good too.
8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine just keeps on getting more savory, it’s so ruch right now. Haven’t gotten a second wind on the sweetness yet.
8:12 PM
Terry1: Band popped off easily. I was a little worried it might have been stuck to the wrapper. It was tight around the cigar but it came off without damage.
8:13 PM
IamDarren: mine came off easily, have to say that i appreciate how he designs the band so they hold well but always remove easily
8:14 PM
StraightUpCigars: FYI 67% of people visiting SUC from Google come through the punch v cutter article. When you search cigar punch, we’re the second result.
8:15 PM
IamDarren: guess we should put out more articles, i noticed the comment on the cellophane article
8:15 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I’m gonna try to make more time for articles, I didn’t realize they were driving so much traffic.
8:16 PM
IamDarren: it would be interesting to see what people think of this new “fire cured” trend. Whether it borders on flavored tobacco or not.
8:17 PM
StraightUpCigars: The flavors are so bold, I’m on the fence about it myself.
8:17 PM
Terry1: I’ve been thinking of writing another article on the cigar festival. I’ll see if I can put one together this year.
8:17 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice!
8:17 PM
IamDarren: good idea
8:18 PM
Terry1: Mine is sweet and savory now. Delicious! It reminds me of a good bbq.
8:20 PM
IamDarren: agreed, i like the groove that this on has settled into. Smooth and delicious.
8:20 PM
Terry1: Into the last third and my cigar is starting to get hot. Hopefully it doesn’t mess with the flavors.
8:21 PM
Terry1: Tapped the ash and I’ve got a large void in the middle of the cigar. Might be why it’s heating up on me. Hasn’t affected the draw or burn yet.
8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars: I am having the same issue, it’s heating up and I need to let it rest.
8:22 PM
IamDarren: trying to smoke this one slowly but its difficult. I like it so much
8:24 PM
IamDarren: i searched “punch vs cutter” on my wifes laptop and SUC was at the top! nice
8:25 PM
StraightUpCigars: Oh yeah, bring on the traffic!
8:25 PM
StraightUpCigars: I purged it and after resting got a major blast of sweetness. The only problem is that it’s burning so hot the sweetness only lasted a few puffs.
8:27 PM
Terry1: I was checking out the redo of the site this weekend and I was surprised by the number of reviews that are listed. It doesn’t feel like we’ve done that many!
8:28 PM
IamDarren: yeah, i am always amazed when i look at the list. We have done a pretty good job in the last few years i think!
8:29 PM
IamDarren: i am still managing to keep the flavor consistent on my stick but i have had to slow down and take slower draws and longer between them.
8:31 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, we’ve reviewed a crazy number of cigars. Definitely something to be proud of. We’re persistent!
8:31 PM
Terry1: Yeah my cigar is really heating up. I’m thinking about putting it down a little early. Flavors are still good but it’s starting to burn my fingers and tongue.
8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I just set mine down too.
8:32 PM
IamDarren: we can rate anytime, i have half to 3/4 of an inch left but it is heating up quite a bit
8:32 PM
Terry1: I’m ready to review.
8:34 PM
StraightUpCigars: Overall, I loved the first two thirds of this stick, incredibly good flavor. The open draw and hot burn finally caught up in the final third and it lost its complexity, so I had to knock some points off for that.
8:35 PM
IamDarren: yeah if you could get a deal on some torps or toros then you could just end it early it would be well worth it.
8:35 PM
StraightUpCigars: That’s a good strategy. The first two thirds were so good, it would be worth it.
8:36 PM
Terry1: Another hit by AJ. I don’t know how he does it. The heat at the end spoiled an otherwise terrific cigar. I knocked a point off for the heat. Wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. I would recommend this cigar.


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