Reposado

Reposado maduro

This is another cigar from rising star A.J. Fernandez and all the tobaccos used for this cigar are Cuban-seed Nicaraguan grown and the only vitola available is a salomon in a stout, 7.1”x58 frame. They are available with a Habano, Maduro or Connecticut wrapper. This is a review of the Maduro.
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The wrapper has a lot of spots, as if it just hit puberty and there are also a lot of veins on the leaf. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma that makes my nose itch when I smell it. The oily wrapper has a leathery feel to it. The predraw is fine and releases pepper on my palate.
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I taste a sweet chocolate with a hint of cedar and soon the sweetness disappears and the flavors change from chocolate and cedar to hay and wood. I can also taste a citrus like acid flavor with a hint of pepper which slowly grows in strength. This all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The strength of the flavors are medium.
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The citrus flavor is gone and everything is peppery hay. The structure of the flavors are sticky. The pepper is a mix of red and black peppers and burn on my tongue. Halfway the flavors fade away a bit and the pepper turns to black pepper only. The flavors keep fading away to the end.
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The draw of this cigar is great and I get a lot of thick white smoke. The burn is straight as an arrow and the ash is almost white. I would rate this cigar as medium to full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I think I will stick with the Habano.

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

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Reposado habano

The Reposado is another AJ Fernandez blend, one of the hottest names in the industry at the moment and referred to as “the poor man’s Don Pepin” due to his strong and spicy blends for bargain prices. This reposado, which is only released as a 7 x 58 salomon, can be bought for just $ 2.50 a piece.
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Simon aka SmokeyNL gave me this cigar for review purposes, he gave me both the maduro and the habano, and I decided to light the habano. The cigar has a rough wrapper that looks tough with all the veins. The construction feels good and the predraw, which gives me a mixture of raisin and wood with a peppery aftertaste, is just fine. The cigar has a unique aroma, very deep and dark but not strong at all.
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I get quite a full flavor, earthy with a bit of coffee and wood, all mild peppery. The pepper gains some strength for a while and then mellows out again. I taste a full earthy flavor with some leather and just a hint of pepper. At a certain moment I can also taste a mild chocolate in the aftertaste.
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The pepper gains some strength again, and the chocolate returns. Halfway I also discover a nut flavor, which keeps on disappearing and appearing for the remainder of the cigar.
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I get a lot of smoke from the cigar and the smoke is medium thick. Usually I have burn problems at the beginning of a Salomon or perfecto, but this cigar burns straight as an arrow right from the start. The firm as is silvery gray. The cigar is definitely full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes. It is a nice cigar, especially when you take the price into consideration. There isn’t much depth in the cigar, and there isn’t a lot going on at the palate, the cigar was never boring.

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

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