“Not only did I find a cigar of terrific value, but I found a cigar that delivered an all-around outstanding cigar experience.”
Coming in at #24 is the A.J. Fernandez New World. This is a new regular production brand introduced by A.J. Fernandez Cigars in 2014. This marks the third time in five years that A.J. Fernandez has made the countdown – and the third brand overall to make the countdown. The New World is a Nicaraguan puro becoming the second Nicaraguan puro to qualify for this year’s countdown.
The New World features a Dark Nicaraguan wrapper with a Jalapa binder and fillers from Ometepe, Condega, and Esteli. It is available in four box-pressed sizes. Three of the sizes are 55 ring gauge and there is also one size in a 58. The cigar is intended to be a value-priced premium cigar in the $6.00 to $7.00 range. It is also a project that company owner A.J. Fernandez has done with his father Ismael – who joined his company this year.
This cigar delivered some outstanding notes of dark chocolate, earth, pepper, and a nice maduro sweetness. The chocolate is more present at the beginning. The maduro sweetness takes center stage during the middle third. Toward the end, there was a ramp-up with the pepper. When I first assessed this cigar I found this to be a medium to full-bodied cigar that progressed to full-bodied by the end – countered by medium to full strength. Since then, I found this as a cigar to dialed back to medium to full-bodied with medium strength.
Not only does this cigar deliver great value, but it delivers great flavor and a great overall experience.
Click here for our detailed assessment on the A.J. Fernandez New World.
Wrapper: Dark Nicaraguan
Binder: Jalapa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Viso Ometepe, Condega Ligero, Esteli-Finca Soledad Ligero
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)
Navegante (Robusto): 5 1/2 X 55
Almirante (Belicoso): 5 1/2 X 55
Gobernador (Toro): 6 1/2 X 55
Virrey (Gordo): 6 X 58
Recommended Vitola: Navigante (5 1/2 x 55)
Assessment Rating: 4.0- Box Worthy
Score: 92 (8/12/14)
For more information on our vision and criteria for the 2014 Cigar of the Year countdown, see our December 2014 Editor’s Corner.
Aged Selects is a sponsor of the 2014 Cigar Coop Cigar of the Year Countdown. They offer cigar enthusiasts with premium long filler cigars aged at least five years at an extradordinary price. The expert buyers at Aged Selects go to the factories of major manufacturers and buy cigars that have been aging their cigars for years. The team at Aged Selects inspect them, smoke them, and package them up to ensure you are getting the best quality cigar to smoke. The best part is they are provided to you at an affordable price. Order them at www.cigarfrontier.com.