There is something truly special about the Engañoso wrapper. Knowing it's limited availability, don't snooze on these as when they are gone, you'll be SOL and will be crying in the corner. Simply delicious.
I was very curious to see what experience this cigar would provide being the exact same blend as the Absinthe infused version but without the infusion. In the end, the cigar was good and shows that the base of the Absinthe infused concept uses a cigar that can stand on its own before the infusion process.
Construction was fantastic and if you are already a Southern Draw or AJ Fernandez fan, it's definitely something you should try. Lancero fans won't be disappointed either as it has great performance. Not a bad cigar to introduce someone to the brand.
Like many of AJ's offerings, I found the cigar profile to be good and construction to be top notch. I can say with confidence, Altadis USA made the right decision in partnering with AJ to create this traditional and beloved marca.
The floral notes the cigar provides are very nice, for those that enjoy such things as I do. While price doesn't factor into our scores, it's worth noting that this cigar carries an attractive price tag, so it could be something enjoyed often and be something for budget smokers to seek out.
The cigar needs more aging (1 to 2 years) for especially the Medio Tiempo to meld with the other tobacco leaves. In my experience, once the Medio Tiempo further ages, the cigar will be less spicy and slick, and a better melded array of flavors will be the result.
This cigar doesn't have the exact DNA as the Amazon Basin. It's not meant to. It has more in the sense of greater spice and earthiness that plays off the sweet raisin note very well. Fans of the Amazon Basin will be in for a treat with this cigar.
I would label this cigar as a typical Connecticut offering. Nothing fancy and nothing bad about it. If you like the typical Connecticut profile, this is something to check out as the price point is fantastic.