The New World Connecticut is one of the latest releases from AJ Fernandez. It was originally released as an event cigar for Smoke Inn in NY and has now become a full release.
The New World Connecticut is value priced in the $6.00 range and available in four sizes
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade U.S.A.
Binder: San Andres Mexico
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil
Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez, Nicaragua
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by AJF Cigars
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-Light: The look and feel of the New World Connecticut was pretty straight forward. The band was the same as the original New World with the white foot band proclaiming the Connecticut wrapper. The Connecticut Shade wrapper had a light golden honey color and was basically seamless.
The wrapper gave off notes of bread, hay, and a mild baking spice. The cold draw was clean and tasted of tobacco with a mild note of dried stone fruit.
Beginning: The New World Connecticut got off to a sweet start. Right off the bat I was hit with a nice sweet cream note along with some creamed coffee and a mild baking spice on the retrohale. The balance was perfect up front and remind that way throughout the first third.
The spice slowly grew in intensity and began to settle on the tongue as well as the retro. I"m talking about spice in relative terms here. This was not a spice cigar by any stretch of the imagination. The spice was very mild at the start and grew slowly along with the other flavors.
Middle: The first thing I wrote in my notes to describe the middle portion was "super smooth." The silky profile was quite enjoyable throughout the entire cigar, but especially prominent in the middle. The flavor profile changed up a bit as well. The spice took a step or two back and allowed for a nutty note to join the sweet cream and coffee. A mild, and somewhat nondescript, "fruit" note showed up on the finish. The only way I can describe it is a mild cantaloupe flavor. I know that just sounds ridiculous, but the flavor was there and it gave each puff a nice clean finish.
End: The spice returned in the final third and even took a few steps forward. The fruity note died away and we were back to the sweet cream and coffee profile. The baking spice combined with the nutty flavor to take on some characteristics of nutmeg. In case you didn't know... sweet cream, coffee and nutmeg go pretty well together. Needless to say, things ended on a good note.
Final Thoughts: The folks over at AJF really know how to blend a Connecticut cigar. The San Lotano Connecticut is a winner and the New World Connecticut is a hellova cigar for $6.00! I thoroughly enjoyed the flavors and complexity of this cigar. In fact, I enjoyed it a LOT more than the original New World. If you're not a Connecticut guy, then this may not be the cigar for you. But if you enjoy a creamy and well balanced cigar experience, then you need to get your hands on a few of these.
Rating: 90 AKA "Box Split"
At around $6 per stick the New World Connecticut should find its way into your humidor. If you like a Connecticut Shade smoke in the morning, then the you should make some room in your humidor for the NWC. I smoked both cigars for review before lunch, but I want to fire one up after dinner with a coffee and some vanilla ice cream. Forgetaboutit....