September 16, 2014
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Price : $5 each
A.J. Fernandez is famous for stating, “To make the best cigars, you must have the finest raw materials…” Fallen Angel comes draped in a wrapper leaf that most would call “the finest raw material.” The stunning Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra Oscuro wrapper leaf is a dark chestnut color. It is incredibly smooth with very few veins. The mouth-watering wrapper cloaks potent Nicaraguan ligero long filler. The length of the five-inch stick is plump and well rolled and finished with a neat box press. The double cap squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my Colibri Monza Punch Cutter.
The Oscuro wrapper gives off a gentle scent of earth and wood, while the foot lends a spicy sweetness. The cold draw is a bit tight but produces plenty of peppery flavors. The flavor profile is delicious and well-balanced from the first few puffs to the last. The Fallen Angel produces evenly matched flavors of wet earth, rich tobacco, leather, dark cocoa and oats. Some coffee undertones develop in the second third along with a natural sweetness.
The Fallen Angel Robusto draws perfectly and produces huge plumes of thick, white smoke with each puff. The beautiful gray ash is strong and compact, growing to two inches before the first drop. The ash drops a total of three times during the smoking time. The burn is impeccably even but quick, with a total smoking time of forty-five minutes.
A.J. Fernandez never ceases to amaze me. The Fallen Angel is a delightful stick with a well-rounded flavor profile. I would definitely recommend it!
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