Today I am reviewing one of my newest favorites, The La Herencia Cubana. This is an AJ Fernandez cigar, and I must say lately I have become a big AJ Fernandez fan!

I originally got 2 of these in a sampler, and waited for over a month to try them. So while they rested in my humidor, they kept calling my name, I would pick one up, then go, nah, i’ll smoke a Hemingway instead… Boy I wish I would have tried these earlier!

The Info:

La Herencia Cubana
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra (one of my absolute favorites!)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaragua – Jalapa, Condega, and Esteli
Made In: Nicaragua
Size: Torpedo (6.5″ x 52)
Price: $69.95 per box of 20 from CIgars International

A Little Background: This cigar is made by AJ Fernandez in his Tabaclera Fernandez in Estil Nicaragua. AJ has made some blends you may have heard of such as the Padilla Habano, ITC 10th Anniversary, and the Man O’ War. Some people refer to him as the next Don Pepin. That’s a big name to live up to but his style with the spicy start is reminiscent of Pepin’s cigars.

Appearance & Construction: This is a nice looking cigar. The band is simple and the cigar is well constructed with no soft spots and feels dense. Most of them I have smoked are very toothy, although occasionally you will get one that isn’t as toothy as the rest. Each one I have pulled out has a very oily sheen to it as well, very nice!

Smoking & Burning Characteristics: The draw can be firm on a few sticks here or there, but nothing that makes it unsmokeable. I would say 1 out of 5 starts out with a somewhat firm draw but loosens up within the first 1/4. The burn is mostly straight but again, once in a while may require a touchup. The ash holds on pretty strong through the first 1/4, but most times I mess up and knock it off by accident, sometimes it is a little flakey and falls off early by itself as well.

Flavors: From the first light the cigar gives you a little spicy tingle on your lips, tongue and the back of your throat, but not too much that it’s un-enjoyable. After the first inch the cigar has a nice combination of earthy, woody flavors with notes of coffee and maybe a ever so slight hint of mocha. The pepper is there right on through to the finish. Not a very complex cigar, but enjoyable none the less!

Final Thoughts: This cigar turned me on to AJ Fernandez cigars. Before this cigar I hadn’t really smoked anything crafted by AJ. I know, for a while I was a “i’m gonna smoke this particular brand and this brand only” kinda guy, but a few years ago decided to get out of that rut. Boy am I glad I did! After this cigar I sought out to try everything I could by AJF (among other makers / wrappers etc). This cigar being a budget stick has easily become one of my daily smokes, and also a worthy cigar for those relaxing evening times as well. If you haven’t tried these, I suggest at least a fiver, it won’t break the bank to give it a try, hell I have 4 boxes in humi’s as we speak! I can guarantee that if you are a winner in our monthly drawing you will get at least one of these bad boys in your shipment! (hint hint) ;-)

Worth a Try: Yes
Buy Again: Absolutely, I have 4 boxes resting away!
Enjoyablitiy: Very Enjoyable