The first Last Call started out as one of those great projects which was just an internal house blend handed out to guests who were over watching football. As per the namesake, this was the last cigar handed out to close the evening.
Originally launched in the single Geniales (4-1/2x48) vitola, a line extension was announced late 2016 adding on Pequeñas (5x46), Corticas (4x52), Flaquitas (6x46), and a Chiquitas (3-1/2x50).
The nose on the Last Call Maduro is a lot of spicy cedar, and with the closed foot I’m not able to pick up anything else.
My first few puffs produced some subdued spices, post draw leather, and powdered cocoa. The retrohale was significantly more intense, bringing some sweetness and a stepped up spice profile. I found the draw resistant, which I appreciated with a 48 ring gauge offering. As the first third settles in there’s a sweet citrus that serves to balance the leather flavors. One thing the comment on here is I’m getting a very rich aroma from the smoke. As the first third winds down the citrus falls to a light strength level. The retrohale has evolved into a lovely chocolate and spice combination with no trace of the leather flavors.
Moving into the middle third the citrus is falling to almost a background note, which I pick up more on the post draw. The spices and leather are background notes, almost undetectable, with the powdered cocoa left. On the retrohale the citrus, which I’d describe as a sweet grapefruit, has taken over the profile. At the halfway point the Last Call Maduro has the powdered cocoa taking over the profile and pushing the citrus aside. The citrus still manages to hold on which results in this satisfying subtle citrus and chocolate combination.
With the Last Call Maduro moving into the last third, there’s a growing sweetness that starts to push the chocolate down in intensity, and brings some earthiness along with the spices from the first third. I get a nice post draw black pepper between draws. On the retrohale the sweetness is much more prominent, mixed in with the spices which finish the flavor.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Even if you don’t even consider the price point of the AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro, you will absolutely want to snap these up at your local B&M. If you factor in price, there’s absolutely no excuse to have multiple offerings of Last Call in your humidor.