Full disclaimer, we’re not cigar snobs. We know enough to hold our own and make a savory selection at a well supplied humidor to have a solid evening of good cigars and conversation. We might even be able to tell you what region a cigar comes from as long as it’s Cuban or Nicaraguan. This however is probably as far as our experience goes. With that said let us divert all of your attention to the New World offering by AJ Fernandez. When in doubt at a cigar shop, if they have an AJ Fernandez selection, pick up an AJ Fernandez. Chances are high you won’t be disappointed. Even if the stick doesn’t bode well with your palate you’ll be able to appreciate the craftsmanship of the brand.
As far as the New World is concerned there are multiple offerings available including the New World Puro Especial which is similar yet slightly bolder over the standard and then you have the New World Connecticut wrapper which is supposedly more subtle. We’ve yet to try the Connecticut wrapper for ourselves. Having had the Puro Especial in the past we opted for the standard New World this time around as a Belicoso. This is an interesting stick right off the bat. Before even diving into the actual palate and smoking experience of the cigar there are a a couple of things to be appreciated. For instance, this particular example was a box pressed, Belicoso shaped stick with a maduro wrapper. The curb appeal alone makes you want to pick up a stick and find out exactly what it tastes like. The artfully decorated New World band and ribbon-like end band tie up the visual aspect of the cigar quite nicely.
The New World by AJ Fernandez is constructed in Nicaragua with Nicaraguan binder and filler with the wrapper being Ecuadorian Sumatra. This results in a powerhouse of flavor. Before lighting you’re welcomed with earthy notes and hints of cocoa. The Belicoso shape is welcoming in that it permits a varying gauge of cut to your liking. As you make your way through the first third you’re greeted by woody and earthy tones similar to what you’d smell off of the wrapper before lighting. As you progress into the second third the complexities of the flavor profile really begin to come alive. In the second third you experience a variety of bold flavors including pepper, cocoa, espresso, chocolate, wood, and earth. We felt subtle hints of nutty flavors every now and then as we moved from the second third to the final third. The remainder of the stick felt very similar to the second third with the individual flavors making themselves known collectively and individually and in different intensities.
Overall at a price point of around $7-$8 retail this was an excellent full-bodied smoke. The construction was flawless and the experience was packed with bold and exciting flavors. The cigar took just about an hour to smoke and was an excellent desert type stick perfect for mellowing out at the end of the day. This came highly recommended to us, and we’d like to pass along that same recommendation to you.
Shout-out to The Cigar Shop of Bird Road for letting us pass by and take a couple shots of the New World sticks in their packaging and native environment. Photo © Zeros Media