Personal Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto

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Cigar Details: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez
  • Blender: AJ Fernandez
  • Price: $5.50
  • Release Date: December 2018
  • Source: AJ Fernandez

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper of the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto is medium brown and has some variation to it as it covers the square press. There are a few veins present but are well pressed and the seams are smooth and barely visible. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the line but carrying green borders. The secondary band has the same green with gold borders and red lettering and denoting Cameroon Selection. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and tobacco sweetness while the foot brings graham cracker and white pepper. The pre-light draw brings some musty cedar with a mild spice on my lips and tongue.

First Third

The cigar begins with intense cinnamon, wood and creaminess. At a half inch in, the cinnamon morphs into black pepper as a slight mustiness joins the wood and cream. At an inch in, the cream has left the profile and the cigar has become fairly dry. The retrohale has a black pepper zing up front with some musty wood right behind it. As the third comes to a close, a faint cinnamon rejoins the profile. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with musty wood up front and the black pepper right behind. At an inch in, the black pepper has mellowed slightly. The retrohale still has the black pepper up front and the musty wood right behind. As the third comes to a close, not much change to the profile. It is still fairly dry. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third continues with the musty wood and black pepper. At a half inch in, a fair amount of charred bitterness joins the profile. At an inch in, the charred bitterness has mellowed slightly while the musty wood is still present and black pepper has dropped out. The retrohale is musty wood with a slight amount of the bitter charred note. The cigar finishes out with the musty wood and charred bitterness. The strength remained at medium-full.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Draw

The draw was slightly looser than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

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.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$1.07

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
SubparFinal
Third
Very GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Double Robusto

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