La Herencia Cubana Core

La Herencia Cubana Core

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Dagger
Size : 4.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler : Esteli Ligero, Jamastran Ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Ometepe Ligero
Binder : Esteli Habano Viso
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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Construction

A.J. Fernandez’s boutique brand, La Herencia Cubana, has been earning rave reviews from cigar enthusiasts worldwide as one of the best boutique brands available. The CORE, with its blend of Nicaraguan and American long filler, is no exception. Enveloping these delicious long fillers is a Nicaraguan Habano binder, and a dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few raised veins. The length of this short stick is well-filled and perfectly tapered to a wedge. The cap is perfectly mounted and cuts cleanly with my perfect-cut guillotine.

Flavor & Cold Draw

The wrapper leaf gives off a gentle scent of earth and cocoa bean while the foot lends some dried fruit to the aroma. The cold draw is clear and produces thick flavors of cocoa, toast, and earth. Once lit, the first few puffs are thick with dark, earthy flavors. The wrapper leaves the strong flavor of crushed black peppercorn on the lips. The pepper dissipates rather quickly, allowing flavors of earth and wood to steel the focus. A distinct leather finish develops in the second third while the wood flavors deepen. Rich tobacco, leather, and earth dominate the final third but a delicate cocoa nuance peaks through.

La Herencia Cubana Core

Burn & Smoking Characteristics

The La Herencia Cubana CORE draws perfectly and produces huge plumes of thick, white smoke with each puff. The burn line is pristine, producing a strong, compact ash that grows to nearly two inches before the first drop. The ash drops a total of three times during the fifty-five minute smoke. The burn starts off cool and slow but heats up quite a bit during the final third, making it difficult to smoke down to the nub.

La Herencia Cubana Core

Conclusion

La Herencia Cubana’s CORE is a delicious stick. They call it a full strength stick but I would put it more in the medium category. I absolutely love the tapered cap of the Dagger vitola, it definitely increased my enjoyment of the stick. A.J. Fernandez constantly exceeds my expectations. Bravo.

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3 Comments on “La Herencia Cubana Core”

  1. Nice review. I plan to pick up a few sticks. AJF makes consistently good cigars.

    Question for you: You mention the price at $8.75. Is that before taxes? I can’t find the stick for under $11.

    Thanks!

  2. Thanks! That is assuming it is bought in a box (before taxes)

  3. Thanks for clarifying.

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