Tabacalera Tropical

Casa Fernandez, Estela, Nicaragua

Famous Nicaragua Robusto

A few days ago I posted a review of the Famous Nicaragua 3000 Gordo and while browsing through my humidor for more cigars starting with an F I also found this Famous Nicaragua cigar but there’s nothing on their website that remotely looks like this one. Maybe it’s an old cigar, a limited edition, old blend or old ring, I simply do not know.

 


Here’s what I do know. It was gift from years back, it’s a robusto with a 5×52 size, its a Famous Smoke house blend, it’s from Nicaragua and it has two rings, it’s made by Tabacalera Tropical, the factory from Aganorsa and best known for the Casa Fernandez cigars. Now you might wonder how I know that? That’s simple, the secondary rings says “tropical tobacco”

 


The wrapper is a medium brown, slightly dry wrapper with two thin veins. It’s actually quite attractive. The construction feels good with a beautifully placed triple cap, the roller must be very skilled. I tried applying a cap once while visiting a factory and it’s hard, very hard. The cigar has two rings, a top ring in red with the Famous logo on a copper color, copper outlines and a darker red on the sides where it says ‘hand made’ and ‘imported’. The secondary ring is green with golden lines and golden letters saying NICARAGUA and white letters saying ‘medium to full bodied blend’ on one side and ‘tropical tobacco’ on the other side. The aroma is faint and reminds me of cocoa powder and saw dust.

 


I punched the cigar and got a great cold draw that has a dry leathery flavor with some mild minty aftertaste. After lighting I taste a leathery flavor. After a third I still taste the leather but now with spices like cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Halfway I taste leather with a little lime and some nutmeg and cocoa. The final third is woody with leather and nutmeg. The cigar gets spicier, stronger and even a little bit harsh. The final puffs also have some nutty and peppery notes.

 


The smoke is thick and full. The ash is coarse. The burn is reasonable straight. I would say this is a medium bodied cigar, medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, decent cigar but I had better.

Score: 88
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Casa Fernandez arsenio maduro robusto

Casa Fernandez is made by Tabacalera Tropical and have quite some reputation amongst cigar aficionados in the United States. I did smoke one or two of them when I visited the USA in 2009, but I never reviewed one. So when I visited Florida in the fall of 2010 I picked up a few different Casa Fernandez at Corona Cigar Co in Orlando. One of them was this Casa Fernandez Arsenio maduro robusto, a cigar made from aganorsa leaf from the Nicaraguan regions of Jalapa, Esteli and Condega.
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The wrapper is dark, almost black with a double blend. The size is 5¼x54. The wrapper is dry with some veins. The transport has damaged the wrapper a bit. The construction feels good but the cigar seems to be a bit crooked. The cigar has a barnyard smell. The predraw is loose and I taste raisin with a sharp pepper aftertaste.
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I taste a spicy and peppery coffee with a hint of chocolate and a lot of pepper in the aftertaste. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood with pepper and herbs. After an inch I taste some chocolate but that disappears straight away again. I taste a dry mixture of wood and herbs.
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After a third the chocolate returns with some wood and herbs. After two thirds I taste the wood and herbs, the chocolate is far far away on the background.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours. The draw was way too loose in the beginning but it got better after an inch. I thought about tossing the cigar, that’s how loose the draw was. The smoke was poor and thin in the beginning too, but that got better once the draw picked up. The silvergray ash is firm but frayed. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I would like to try another one, without the draw problems.

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

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