Unless you have been living under a rock for the past ten years, you have heard about A.J. Fernandez.
His portfolio and reputation have expanded exponentially ever since his coveted New World cigars made an appearance. Within the last few years, he has also started making cigars for Altadis USA. One of those cigars is the H. Upmann by A.J. Fernandez.
It is made at A.J.’s factory in Esteli with an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, Corojo 99 binder, and Cuban seed fillers from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It is available in a few different sizes, including this 38 x 4 “Papi” size packaged in a tin. The tin holds 6 Papis and is packaged with a Boveda pack to keep everything fresh. These cigars boast the reputation of A.J.’s other cigars with a distinctive Nicaraguan bite. They pack a punch and deliver a medium to full-bodied experience all the way through. Hints of sweet raisins, almonds, earth, and pepper blast your palette and senses. The flavor is sharp and distinct from start to finish. The average burn time is about 30 minutes. Usually, with smaller cigars like these, construction is compromised but I was very impressed with the way this cigar was made and how it held together.
I see this tin as the perfect buy for a night on the town because they do not last too long, and the tin easily fits in your jacket pocket. They might also come in handy if you are in a colder climate and just need to get a quick, strong smoke in before you freeze. If you are a fan of A.J. Fernandez’s cigars or want a strong and complex little cigar these are calling your name.