La Herencia Cubana

La Herencia Cubana Core Perfecto

About a year ago my buddy Rutger came by my house to smoke a few cigars and he handed me this La Herencia Cubana Core Perfecto. Usually I shy away from a 6×60 but in a box pressed double perfecto shape I don’t mind the vitola. Add that it had been years since I smoked a La Herencia Cubana, so I gladly accepted his gracious offer.

The A.J. Fernandez made cigar has an interesting blend of ligero tobaccos from Esteli and Ometepe in Nicaragua, Honduran Jamastran ligero with some Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapped in a Habano viso from Esteli and a sun grown Habano ligero wrapper from Ecuador. Just that line up alone makes me very curious and excited, it sounds delicious.

The shape is awesome and the wrapper is very dark, almost as dark as the Oscuro Fuerte I reviewed a few days ago. Except this wrapper has a little tooth making it feel like fine sanding paper. The ring is completely different than the Oscuro Fuerte ring, brown pair with black petals and a darker brown logo, small lettering. Very modest and old school. The construction is top, the cigar has a good touch and the shape is awesome. The cigar has a medium strong aroma that is quite dark, dark wood and some manure.

I used a guillotine cutter to take the cap of the cigar. The cold draw is good, I taste sweetness and pepper.  After lighting I taste coffee with a hint of chocolate. The first third is relatively the same. Then I taste more of a dark wood, with chocolate and some spice. Slowly a little pepper shows up too. Near the end I taste wood with a floral flavor and a mild pepper.

The draw is perfect, the smoke is thick and white. The ash is white with black stripes. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The cigar doesn’t have a lot of evolution but what I taste is damn good. The smoke time is an hour and fifty minutes, thanks to a nub tool.

Would I buy this cigar again? I would not mind a few more.

Score: 91

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La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte Robusto

Before I started working in the industry, I think that was about 2011, me and my cigar smoking friends from The Netherlands were always looking for the latest finds from My Father and A.J. Fernandez that weren’t available here in The Netherlands, and the La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte was one of them. One of my friends, Jan, ordered a box and shared some with me, I think this specific cigar is a few years old by now.

The cigar is made by A.J. Fernandez at his factory in Esteli, like all cigars that I’m reviewing this month. The cigar, in this case a 5 1/2×54 robusto, is made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. As the name suggests, the wrapper is very dark and the cigar is probably quite strong.

The cigar is dark, leathery and oily. The ring is white with light brown, gold and copper detailing and logo, and it says La Herencia Cubana. Then there is a secondary ring that looks like the classic Cuban regional edition ring yet in green and silver instead of red and silver as the Cubans do. The cigar feels kind of hard but without any soft spots, the shape and the cap look nice. Even after all these years, the cigar has a strong aroma of a barnyard and a stable full of cows.

I was in the mood for a bold cigar and I expect this to fit my needs. I used a cheap plastic cutter. The cold draw is a little tight, I taste a mild milk chocolate flavor with pepper. After lighting I taste a dry earthy flavor with coffee. The earthy flavor is the dominant flavor but there is also a hint of cocoa. After a third I taste a buttery, sticky yet mild and slightly bitter chocolate with some wood and herbs. Slowly I taste some mint too. Halfway I taste wood, oak, with a little acidity. The end has a little black pepper.

The draw is good. The ash is medium dark and a little flaky. The smoke is medium thick and full. The burn is straight. The cigar is medium bodied and flavored. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Score: 90

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La Herencia Cubana robusto

Some time ago I smoked this A.J. Fernandez made La Herencia Cubana oscuro fuerte robusto and loved it. Now this is the normal La Herencia Cubana blend, a Nicaraguan cigar with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and a 5×50 size.
I see a nice medium dark wrapper with a few veins that make the cigar look rough and tough. I like the band. The cigar has a nice wood and barnyard smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is on the loose side and I taste a spicy and peppery raisin flavor.
The first flavors are spicy, lots of herbs and mild bitter. Dry and full. The flavors are also mild sweet. After half an inch the flavors get a little less spicy and full, but they remain mild bitter. After an inch the bitterness disappears and I taste a mild chocolate flavor with the spices and herbs.
I taste herbs with some wood and spices and that’s it. No development on the palate afterwards, just more of the same. Near the end I get a splash of black pepper.
This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and ten minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke. The draw is on the loose side. The medium gray ash is firm. I had a couple of burn issues and the purge is huge. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar, but I like the oscuro fuerte better.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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La Herencia Cubana oscuro fuerte robusto

Lately I’ve smoked a few AJ Fernandez blends and so far I liked all of them, so I had high expectations when one of my smoking buddies came by my house with a box of La Herencia Cubana oscuro fuerte robusto. And a nice looking box I might add, simple but not an ordinary cab.

The 5.5 x 54 robusto has a pretty dark broadleaf maduro wrapper grown in Pennsylvania has hardly no veins. A Nicaraguan binder and filler from Esteli, Condega and Jalapa in Nicaragua finish this cigar. The double band is quite stylish, yet not overdone. The construction feels good and the cigar produces a nice barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and leaves a peppery raisin flavor in my mouth.

I can taste a strong coffee flavor, more espresso then normal coffee and maybe a little too strong for my taste, it’s borderline. After a centimeter I can taste a little bit of chocolate as an aftertaste. The texture of the flavors are dry.

I can also taste a wooden flavor through the espresso and slowly the espresso fades away a bit so that the wood becomes the dominant flavor.

Halfway there is a nice balance between the coffee and the wood flavors and the aftertaste is chocolate again, but really mild. At 2/3rd some herbal flavors join the coffee and wood, and slowly those herbs grow to become the dominant flavor, perfectly supported by the coffee and wood.

The draw is fine, just like the burn. The amount of medium thick smoke is insane, it is a good thing that my smoke alarm isn’t working, or the fire department would have been paying a visit. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm but crooked. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, the flavors are very bold and “in your face”. I had a little nicotine buzz going on.

Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah!! Another fine AJ Fernandez blend and available for $3 a piece.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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