Royal Affair By AJ Fernandez (W.A. Collection) Aged 2+ Years


You have to understand that the term Nicaraguan Puro gets thrown around a lot but often is not completely true.  In this case, we are very lucky to have a confirmed Nicaraguan grown and rolled cigar in which most of the tobacco comes from a single estate.  This is truly rare.  AJ Fernandez has given us another classic Nicaraguan Habano that will take you on a journey to the soul of the country itself.  When you smoke this cigar you will not have to wonder why Nicaragua has become the new Cuba in many aspects.  Tobacco this naturally flavorful is a phenomenon and should be given your utmost attention.

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Wrapper: Sun Grown Habano
Binder: Shade Grown Habano Criollo
Fillers: Esteli Corojo

Body: Dog biscuits
Foot: Cocoa powder
Cold Draw: Dried blueberries and black pepper with cedar

Tasting Notes: In the first third of the Royal Affair I am met with black pepper, cedar, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar.  I receive cayenne pepper in the retro-hale and chocolate, cream, leather, cinnamon, sugar, and a tiny bit of tamarind as the cigar progresses.

In the second third, you will find that the cream and tamarind are the stars of the show along with cedar and powdered sugar.  All the while the cayenne still zips the palate and black pepper regulates the retro-hale.  Further in I am reminded of beautiful honey-roasted nuts.

In the final third, I see the roasted nuts turn less honey-coated, more tamarind, cedar, and black pepper along with creamy smoke and a cinnamon finish.

Pairing Notes: Milk chocolate a half hour prior to smoking.  Whiskey of any kind, but particularly Bourbon.  Thai food.  Thai tea with cream.  Fruit tart.  Peach.  Snapple.  Honey roasted nuts.

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