The AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes Maduro Robusto is a cigar made in Nicaragua, at AJ Fernandez main factory in Esteli (for all information on the Maduro line, click here). Underneath the Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper is a Mexican San Andres binder, fillers are all Nicaraguan tobaccos cultivated at AJ’s own farms.
• Country of Origin: Nicaragua
• Size: 52 x 140 mm (5,5″)
• Wrapper: Brazil
• Binder: Mexico
• Filler: Nicaragua
• Price: €11.50
Aesthetically, the wrapped is rustic and of a Maduro shade. It is box pressed and the filling is more then generous.
AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes Maduro Robusto: unlit, hints of cocoa and earth. The opening is very structured and brings notes of earth and vegetal notes to the palate.
The first third is creamy. It reveals notes of cocoa and coffee. In the background, there is a barely mentioned black pepper spice present. Strength is medium (3/5).
The middle section of the cigar continues on earth and cocoa. The spicy component gives way to a background of herbs and leather. Strength remains constant (3/5).
In the last third, earth and coffee beans are perceived again, supported by leather and hints of herbs. Strength grows a slightly (3.5/5).
It present a structured smoke with a balanced flavor profile, even if not particularly evolutive. Creamy first half, slightly dry in the second.