With his out-side-the-box ideas, the cigar world’s
current golden boy AJ Fernandez has reinvigorated the cigar industry and
redefined what makes a great cigar. Every cigar from Tabacalera Fernandez will
generate some kind of discussion, but none like the mass excitement created by
AJ’s masterpiece, the Ave Maria Reconquista.
The striking 7” x 54 Torpedo Reconquista is built
one leaf at a time into a majestic, powerhouse of a cigar that must be
experienced at least once in lifetime. A Nicaraguan Habano Ligero binder
surrounds rich Nicaraguan tobaccos from the three most prominent regions,
Esteli, Condega and Jalapa. This conglomeration of velvety tobaccos is then
draped in a rare and exotic Brazilian Habano Oscuro wrapper that is meaty, oily
and oozing with attitude.
Once the Reconquista is lit, the journey to
smoking immortality begins. Pepper, earth, nougat, oak, toasted malt and dark
espresso flavors playfully pelt the taste-buds while nutmeg and cinnamon
undertones trail along. The Ave Maria Reconquista begins briefly as a
medium-bodied smoke, but will crescendo into a bold character that will grab a
hold and not let go until long after it is extinguished.
Each of the super-premium Ave Maria Reconquista cigars
is elegantly placed in specially made “coffins” and, as you would expect, made
in very limited quantities. So do not wait to become one of the initiated.