This is another hefty cigar, large diameter and lots of weight. The wrapper is very smooth with only one main vein, and a nice box-press form. Besides the size, the highly decorated band and color contrasting foot band make for a very eye-catching cigar. The pre-light aromas are great. Lots of vibrant, spicy tobacco tingle and a clean cedar background.
New World by AJ Fernandez
Wrapper: Dark Nicaraguan
Binder: Jalapa (Nicaraguan)
Filler: Viso Ometepe, Condega Ligero, Esteli-Finca Soledad Ligero
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $6.75
Cigar Purchased: Samples
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The cold draw starts off with a dry woodiness, but changes to a spicy tobacco in the back of the throat, and a sweet wood note up front. This is definitely a jawbreaker in size, I can feel my jaw having to stretch on this one. All that aside, the flavors in the first third of the New World are nice. As expected from the cold draw and pre-light, the main flavor profile is a spicy cedar and tobacco note, with a long, dry finish. The burn is straight and the ash was tight and strong, showing the good construction.
The second third of the New World changed up a bit, and the spiciness went away. In it’s place a naturally sweet wood and tobacco note take hold. The dryness on the finish also changes and becomes more of a pectin-like feel. The burn got a little wavy, but always continued to burn well, holding a strong ash. The smoke production picked up here too and was much thicker.
The New World ends with one final change. A new, gritty earth note enters into the profile, along with a bitter, dry chocolate flavor. The finish is now very short and mostly a clean, wood and tobacco flavor. The closer I get the end of this cigar, a pepper spice steadily grows in intensity. Never getting rough or harsh, but it definitely makes itself known. This New World definitely ends on the full side of medium-full.
A medium-full strength cigar, with medium complexity. Great construction and spot on burn, both really add to this cigars strengths. If you are into the large RG's, then this is a must try. Very nice burn and great flavor profile for only $6.75 MSRP, it's a winner there. Based on all this, I would be willing to wager that I would enjoy this cigar in a more manageable vitola.
Rating: 87 AKA “5-pack"