San Lotano Connecticut Gran Toro is a 6 inch by 60 ring cigar. After years of being the man behind many well-received cigars, AJ Fernandez, the Cuban exile, decided to do what many had anticipated, he finally released his own national brand, San Lotano. Introduced in three different wrappers, San Lotano is made at A.J.'s Tabacalera Fernandez, the Nicaraguan factory responsible for Man O' War and many other cigars.
Fernandez is renowned for his tobacco knowledge and this plays well because he also has a fairly diverse group of tobaccos for each of the San Lotano blends. Add to this the recently introduced San Lotano Oval, a mixture of aged and proprietary tobaccos and we have a completely different animal altogether. For the lightest version of San Lotano, A.J. Fernandez chose a shade grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Honduran binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.
From far away, you can identify the cigar thanks to its sheen. Flavors start a bit mixed, but quickly sort themselves out with an earth up front over aged tobaccos, nuts, cedar, spices and creaminess. It's not your typical Connecticut, with a flavor that would come from a much darker wrapper, but the strength is still in the medium range. Construction is consistent with the rest of the San Lotano line, producing great ash and smoke, a great testament to the rollers at Tabacalera Fernandez. For those looking for a lighter version of A.J.'s popular new line, San Lotano Connecticut delivers where it counts most, flavor.