April 2021

International exclusive from AJ Fernandez. Abdel Fernandez is joining the growing number of brands that release a cigar exclusive for the international markets. With that, he joins the ranks of E.P. Carrillo, Drew Estate, Rocky Patel, Indian Motorcycle Cigars, and Tatuaje to name a few companies. With that, they reward the international fans of their brands who always see cigars in the United States that they can’t get.

Enclave Connecticut

For his international customers, Fernandez is creating a Connecticut version of the Enclave line. The filler and binder of this cigar are all Nicaraguan. All the tobacco comes from the farms of Fernandez. The wrapper comes from Ecuador and it’s a Connecticut Shade variety. There will be three sizes, a 5×52 Robusto, 6×52 Toro, and a 6½x52 Figurado.

This is the third blend under the Enclave name. The original Enclave is a collaboration between Abdel Fernandez and his father Ismael. It features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a Cameroon binder. The fillers are Nicaraguan. There is also a Broadleaf version with Connecticut Broadleaf over Nicaraguan filler and binder.

Misconception

The idea to release a Connecticut version for the international markets stems from the misconception that cigar enthusiasts outside of America favor milder cigars. The same misconception exists about ring gauges. Many manufacturers still believe that European cigar lovers are into small ring gauges where Americans favor big cigars.

Where that may have been the case a few decades ago, it is no longer the case. The best-selling New World cigars in Western Europe are on the stronger side with Robusto, Toro, and Gordo as the best-selling vitolas. Lancero and other thing ring gauges are very hard to sell, even in Europe.

Coming to America?

AFJ Cigars leaves the possibility open to release the cigars on the American market at a later stage. As most of the cigars intended for the international markets do eventually. It happened with the Undercrown Flying Pig by Drew Estate. Rocky Patel did the same with the Gran Reserva. And the Indian Motorcycle Connecticut is now also available in the United States.

 

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