Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Salomon
Size : 7.1 x 58
Wrapper : USA (Pennsylvania)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $29.95 / mazo of 5
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La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte is another cigar produced by the master blender AJ Fernandez. I smoked this cigar on a recommendation by Wade Howard following a review I did of the Panacea Green Label. From my previous reviews, everyone probably knows that I am a big fan of AJ Fernandez’s cigars (see the Man O’War cigars reviews) and also, I have grown very fond of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. This cigar comes in four sizes which include a 5 X 56 Belicoso; a 5.5 X 54 Robusto; a 6.5 X 50 Toro; and today’s featured vitola, the 7.1 X 58 Salomon.
The cigar has a very dark brown wrapper which seems a little veiny. From the looks of it, it appears that the roller ran out of wrapper leaves since the first 0.75 in. (from the foot) of the cigar looks like it was finished with a different wrapper leaf. This piece has a lighter color than the rest of the cigar. The cigar does feature a shiny sheen.
La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte has two bands: a large band featuring the brand of the cigar, and a smaller green band right under the large one listing the type (Oscuro Fuerte).
The Salomon is a large cigar with no soft spots; it is well packed with tobacco. The light and dark grey ash is very flaky. The cigar does have a very good draw. The burn is slightly uneven.
The wrapper has a very nice barnyard smell to it. The foot features notes of sweet chocolate. The pre-light draw has some sweet candy taste, much like butterscotch.
I perceived lots of flavors shortly after lighting this stick up: cocoa, some leather, and definitely some pepper. After an inch or so, the flavor had more notes of nuts (almonds). Halfway, the leather notes dominated; however, the retrohale was still peppery although not overwhelming. The finish was long, lingering predominantly towards the back of the mouth.
The last inch or so was slightly bitter which is unfortunate as I was looking forward to nubbing this cigar. It was not unbearable, but enough to force me to put the cigar down.
At about $6.00/stick, this is a good value for this flavor-packed cigar. The Salomon also provides a good return as far as time goes since one can enjoy all of these flavors for over an hour.
Overall Rating :
This was not the prettiest cigar, but it had good flavors. I was glad to have a good block of time since it took around 80 minutes to smoke this stick. Although a good cigar, I still prefer the Man O’War Ruination over the La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte. I know that I am comparing two different wrapper leaves (an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper for the MOW), but it seemed that my palate cared more for the MOW. The esthetic qualities of the MOW were also more appealing. I would recommend the La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte as an after dinner cigar with a nice digestive on hand (a heavily peated single malt).