AJ Fernandez Scrooge Aged 2+ Years



As you know, I constantly strive to keep things exciting around here. It’s April, winter-go-away weather, AKA rain season. Or for us folks in the south, please-don’t-let-it-get-hot-again weather. In the January box we had a lancero that was aged 9–10 years. I know many of us are fans of the Lancero vitola and I figured 1 Lancero per quarter meets our quota. This one does not disappoint! I mentioned the previous aged Lancero from Montenegro because this is a similar blend from the same country and the same region. And while it’s not from the same factory and the ring gauge is not exact, it should give you an idea of what that cigar would be more like had it been 8 years less aged.

This cigar was created by none other than the great Mr. AJ Fernandez, who recently became the youngest person to win the Cigar Journal’s most prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. This is not a nuanced Sunday morning cigar, although I would smoke it on Sunday morning with black coffee or a pour of cognac. In my opinion, this cigar is ideal for the night: The end of the day after eating a satisfying meal, preferably spicy, or while savoring your favorite whiskey. The tobaccos here are what make Nicaragua the powerhouse that it has become. As for the band art, we decided to take a nostalgic detour down illustration lane. I hope you enjoy this rare treat in a beautiful moment of relaxation with Privada, your personal cigar curation family.

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Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Jalapa
Fillers: Esteli

Body: Fermenting tobacco, leather, barn.
Foot: Aged cedar room.
Cold Draw: Sweet canned peaches, red pepper, dried cedar

Tasting Notes: Right away we start out with a note that reminds me of a spicy honey. There are also hints of graham cracker, red pepper, sharp cedar, apricot, and sesame seed oil. The retrohale is spicy: black pepper with a hint of charcoal peatiness. As the first third ends, there is cedar, cream, red pepper, and apricot. The second third begins with notes of mocha, charred cedar, cream, red pepper, and apricot twang. Further in, I get a cinnamon finish that reminds me of fireballs! Overall, I get this unique cedar aging room flavor that is very satisfying. Apricot begins the final third, while black pepper, cedar, and cream are still present. I’m a huge fan of this cigar for those times when you must be wowed. Enjoy and do not forget to thank @ajfcigars on IG if you still spend time there.

Pairing Notes: Bourbon, apricot tea, Miller Lite to cool it down, Fireball to heat it up, after spicy foods, no tomato based foods, Riesen candy, caramel.


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