Nestor Plasencia Jr. joins Cigar Advisor’s Gary Korb for another Master Blenders video podcast: watch them talk about the Plasencia family’s 154 years of tobacco growing, the success of Alma Fuerte cigars, how they grow and create hybrid tobaccos, and more.
#nowsmoking: H. Upmann AJ Fernandez Toro
Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 54
Strength: Medium – Full
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler: Nicaragua Criollo 98, Dominican Piloto Cubano
Dominant Flavors: Earth, oak, leather, peppery spice
Where it’s at: Draped in a dark, attractive Sumatra wrapper, this cigar is built like a tank and has some nice weight in the hand. Following a leathery-tasting pre-light, the smoke is quite dense offering notes of earth, oak, and leather. Shortly after, peppery spice enters the mix and lingers on a long finish. By the midsection, earth and oak flavors dominate. Later on, the pepper fades slightly, but it rules the retrohale. Overall, a straightforward, full-flavored H. Upmann smoke that will pair nicely with a long-aged bourbon or rum.
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