Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
The first time I saw these cigars was a couple weeks ago. I have heard several good things about the Casa Fernandez cigars, but never actually reviewed one. When I was sitting in my back yard the other day, I wanted something newer to review. So I went back into my humidor, and this one was right on top. This cigar was a the perfect size for the time I had to do a review.
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the flawless wrapper. There were a couple of very thin veins running through the medium brown corojo wrapper. This cigar is also evenly box pressed. The edges are perfectly rounded and smooth. The wrapper has a nice oily shine to it as well.
This cigar is solid from cap to foot. Usually box pressed cigars are a little softer, not this one. The cap was perfectly smooth and flush. It was also made up of three separate layers. Upon last inspection I noticed an aroma coming from this cigar that was sweet and spicy.
Once this cigar was lit up, I was blown away. There was a very smooth earthiness with a little bit of sweetness right off the light. There was a slight leather flavor that builds slowly with some sweeter spices. The spices were like a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. As this cigar progressed, the creamy earthy flavor picked up.
After I got through the first inch the leather flavor increased slightly. A little more of the sweet spice flavor was present with the addition of a little bit of pepper. The woody earthy tones picked up as well. Towards the end of the first third there was a ton of flavor that was dominated by earth and sweet tones.
The second third started out even nicer than the first third. The flavor profile smoothed out and became very nicely balanced. The earthiness and woodiness were at their strongest now and the the wide array of spices were adding perfect accents. The combination of the creaminess and the pepper is great.
Around the halfway point the flavors all seemed to open up again. A nice coffee flavor came out and mixed with the leather flavor perfectly. The combination of the coffee and leather coated my palate quickly. By the end of the second third the sweetness was pretty much gone.
As this cigar came to a close, all of the flavors came back. The wood and earth tones were the definite main flavors, while everything else added great accents. The cigar finished off smoother and more balanced than the rest of the cigar. Absolutely great finish.
The ash on this cigar was quite dark. It was a mix of brown and dark gray. The ash was nicely layered and held on until about the halfway point. The burn was uneven throughout the first half, but eventually evened out. The draw was very easy and produced a thick light gray smoke. The smoke also gave off a very earthy aroma.
This cigar was a pleasant surprise. For the price, I highly recommend trying this medium to full bodied cigar. Given the opportunity, I will surely be grabbing some more of these to keep around. I give this cigar an 8.5 out of 10.
Thanks for reading,
Zack the Stogie Man