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AJ FERNANDEZ NEW WORLD PURO ESPECIAL | CIGAR REVIEW

FEBRUARY 27, 2022 - PHIL KURUT, COMEDY - CIGARS - MUSIC


AJ FERNANDEZ NEW WORLD PURO ESPECIAL SHORT CHURCHILL (6 x 48)

WRAPPER: NICARAGUAN HABANO

BINDER: NICARAGUAN HABANO

FILLER: NICARAGUA

Spice, sweetness, earth, and a touch of caramel hit the palate.


The retrohale flows with earth and caramel, and spice lays on the tongue, offering bits of earth and caramel on the finish.


The Especial draws effortlessly and fills the room with smoke.


Nice start.


Earth begins to darken, and the smoke gets a bit heavier as dark stone fruit starts to lightly jab.


Oak, caramel, dark earth, and cinnamon dance in the air from the foot smoke, and that cinnamon finds its way into the draw.


Ash hangs on firmly as the burn works independently. A kid I knew in high school would have swore that I just rhymed there. Whatever you say, buddy.


Sometimes a belief in one’s confidence and competence can almost substitute for actual confidence and competence. Sometimes and almost.

I’m glad to report AJ employed no welders for the band application, as the first band was removed with no problem. Nothing against welders, but when they’re used to apply the bands, it can wreak havoc on the wrapper…and my fingers. The kid I knew in high school would have swore I just used alliteration. So close, buddy.


Wood and dark stone fruit begin to dominant, joining together as compost. Not as bad as it might sound by the way. Caramel still trickles in the mix.


On a sidenote, I’ve never been a fan of remixes, especially from the ‘90s. Ugh.


Coffee joins the finish, hosted by earth and a more subdued spice. Caramel sweetness lingers from time to time.

Back to confidence and competence. I’m watching some drumming videos during this review, and Todd Sucherman always and completely embodies both. Flawless and effortless. Another one of my favorites. Hashtag “goals”.


Sweet tobacco, coffee, and spice take the reins, complementing each other well. Cinnamon continues to find a seat at the table, and creamy milk chocolate adds a nice wrap up.


Tart barnyard moseys through the nostrils.


The finish leaves behind leather, moves to coffee, and ends in a subtle sweetness. Hard not to like.


Corncob nubber, anyone?

SMOKE TIME: 1 hr. 42 mins.


RATING: 3.25 / 4 - No remix here, just the original.


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