A.J. Fernandez is a hot name in the cigar industry right now. From his San Lotano, to his Diesel, and the Pinolero, it seems each cigar he has his hands on turns to gold, and with good reason. Each of these cigars is a great medium-to-full bodied stick at an amazing price point. Released in 2014, the New World Navegante by AJ Fernandez is a collaboration with his father, Ismael Fernandez, who came out of retirement after working 17 years with Plasencia.
This smoke is an exquisitely made Nicaraguan puro that really showcases how great tobacco from this nation can be. Filled with three different Nicaraguan tobaccos, viso from Ometepe, and ligeros from Condega and Esteli, this cigar is bound in a Jalapa binder and wrapped in a dark Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. The cigar is rigidly box-pressed and offers some of the best pre light flavors. As soon as the New world touches your lips, there is strong notes of the best bitter, dark chocolate and earth that will make you reach for your lighter quickly. These pre-light flavors continue throughout the cigar but the natural fruity maduro sweetness plays a much larger role the more you smoke. Each flavor note mixes with a subtle spice that makes the New World and extremely complex cigar, especially for one that is a puro.
The 5 1/2 x 55 New World by A.J. Fernandez Navegante is yet another great cigar coming from the mind that brought you San Lotano and Diesel. Each puff will bring you an amazing complexity of flavors not normally seen from a puro. This medium-full-bodied stick is also extremely full of flavor. The bitter chocolate and earthy notes pair perfectly with a sweet after-dinner cordial as well as a nice espresso.