Saturday, January 21, 2012

San Lotano Oval by A.J. Fernandez (robusto)

The cold Midwestern weather, and my hectic schedule as of late have kept me from making more regular entries, but today I get to enjoy a cigar by A. J. Fernandez.  I like the Diesel Shorty, so I plan to make my way through the rest of his blends.

The Oval is an oval shaped (go figure) box-press, very reminiscent of the Oliva Master Blend 3 double robusto vitola.  The wrapper has a nice color, however as I looked through the box I noticed several had messy caps and oily spots.  I chose a Xikar v-cut, and torched it up.

1/3: Earth flavors from the start here, along with some woodiness.  I'm not picking up any spices or peppers.

2/3: This stick is medium-bodied and medium strength.  Notes of grass and hay appear in the 2nd third.  There's a little run on one side of the wrapper, and while I normally would touch it up, I want to see if it corrects itself.

3/3: The strength has increased a little bit here in the final third.  I'm also noticing a slight bitterness on the tongue.  The uneven burn did ultimately correct itself during the 2nd third, however the cigar is needing a little fire to continue burning the way I want it to. 

The stick didn't "wow" me, but it was decent.  At first, I detected some similarities between the other A.J. Fernandez smoke I've been enjoying (yep, the Shorty), but as the cigar progressed, it certainly took on an identity of its own.  I'm still interested in sampling some of the other blends. 

Size:  5-1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras

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