The draw was slightly looser than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
The cigar began with an intense cinnamon, wood and cream and the cinnamon transitioned to black pepper fairly quickly. The cream transitioned to mustiness shortly thereafter. As it progressed the black pepper mellowed and in the final third, some charred bitterness joined in. Construction was very good and needed no attention. Strength started medium and was up to medium-full by the second third. The AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto brought more strength than I was expecting, but the fullness of flavor kept up. I thought the flavors were average until the charred bitterness took things down a notch in the final third. For those that like more strength and are fans of AJ, they’ll definitely find something they like here. I felt like it was a prototypical AJ blend, really didn’t showcase Cameroon at all and probably not something I’m eager to revisit.