AJ Bellas Artes Maduro

At first glance this cigar looks like a million bucks, an absolutely stunning wrapper with a firm pack. However, there were some minor imperfections and discolorations that really kept this stick from getting full points in the category. Draw is right on point with the perfect amount of snugness, just the way I like it. Smoke output isn’t where I would like it in terms of volume but it is silky smooth, and that I appreciate. The burn on this stick is impeccable and stayed that way through both samples. Transitioning to the the final third an almost candied apple/warm stove top apple cinnamon flavor emerged and took this stick to another level, and let me know this stick was here to party.

Would not be a morning cigar in my opinion, but rather a late evening/after dinner smoke.

Total smoking time 1 hour 45 minutes

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina / Binder: Mexican San Andres / Filler:  Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro / Size: 6 x 55

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.  / Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Grass/hay, barnyard

Cocoa, hay, earth, leather, wood

Dark cocoa, leather, earth

Dark cocoa with a little bitterness to it (not in a bad way) earthy, leather, mild pepper on the tongue and through the retro.

Earth, leather, and The dark cocoa has switched to a more mellow milk chocolate. A tad bit of cinnamon has come out to play and the mild pepper notes remain.

Earthy, leather, milk chocolate, and that slight cinnamon has now melded with an apple flavor, almost reminiscent of a candied apple or warm stove top apple cinnamon slices.

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Alec Myers

I’m a tradesman by day in the boating industry specifically in the body work side of things. I work with my hands every day to build some the finest sport yachts in the industry so I can definitely understand the blood sweat and tears that go into the craft of cigars and that is something I appreciate. The culture, experiences and the friends I’ve made along the way are priceless, and I am so thankful to have this opportunity.