Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the AJ Fernandez New World in the Redondo size made exclusively for the Tobacconist Association of America retailers. This is a cigar line we previously assessed in the Brute size back in June 2015.
Wrapper: Dark Nicaraguan
Binder: Jalapa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Viso Ometepe, Condega Ligero, Esteli-Finca Soledad Ligero (All Nicaraguan)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
Redondo: 6 1/2 x 55
The year 2019 was the first year that AJ Fernandez Cigars would deliver an exclusive cigar to the retailers of the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA). The cigar would be an extension to the original AJ Fernandez New World blend. The New World is a brand that was introduced back in 2014. The first release was the eponymously named New World line. This blend is a value-priced 100% Nicaraguan Puro that was a box-pressed offering. For The TAA, AJ Fernandez Cigars would do something different – delivering a rounded 6 1/2 x 55 toro-sized cigar known as Redondo. Today we take a closer look at the AJ Fernandez New World Redondo.
The TAA Exclusive Series consists of cigars made by leading manufacturers that are exclusively sold at TAA member retailers. The TAA is a small group of retailers. At press time the number of retailers is approximately 80. The TAA has defined itself as:
The Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. is a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. By providing education, communication, research, advocacy, and member discount programs, The TAA works with our members and the industry they support to offer the tools and relationship building opportunities needed to maximize professionalism and success.
There are 14 cigars released for 2019 as a part of the TAA Exclusive Series:
- AJ Fernandez New World Redondo
- Brick House Ciento Por Ciento TAA Exclusive by J.C. Newman Cigar Company
- CAO Brazilia Select
- Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil 2019
- Don Pepin Garcia Original TAA Exclusive Limited Edition 2019 by My Father Cigars
- E.P. Carrillo La Historia 656
- Eiroa Jamastran 11/18
- Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente
- Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor
- La Flor Dominicana TAA 50th Segunda Edición Natural
- La Flor Dominicana TAA 50th Segunda Edición Maduro
- La Palina Silver Label Toro
- Timeless 2019 Limited Edition for Nat Sherman
- Tatuaje TAA 51st
The New World Redondo started out with a mix of cocoa, cherry wood, white pepper, and baker’s spice. Early on the combination of cocoa, cherry, and baker’s spice were the dominant notes. Later in the first third some natural tobacco notes also emerged in the forefront. During the second third, the cherry and cocoa diminished, leaving the natural tobacco notes as the primary note. Later in the last third, there was a slight increase in the pepper component, but the rest of the flavor profile remained the same.
The flavors delivered from the New World Redondo were medium to full-bodied countered by medium strength. This was a cigar where the body had the advantage over the strength.
My feelings on the AJ Fernandez New World Redondo are consistent with most TAA releases that are special line extensions. On its own, this is nice cigar, but TAA Exclusive Series is supposed to be the best cigars by the best manufacturers for the best retailers. The New World Redondo offers a nice spin of the New World blend in a parejo format, but I believe this cigar was meant to be box-pressed. In the end, I’d still reach for the box-pressed offerings over the New World Redondo. Over the years, New World is a line that has increased in price, but at $8.00 this is still a nice package. It’s a cigar I’d recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast or a novice looking to go in the medium plus end. It’s one I’d smoke again and pick up multiples for my humidor.
Key Flavors: Natural Tobacco, Cocoa, Cherry, Baker’s Spice, Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Draw: Very Good
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good
Value: Buy Multiples
Previous Assessment: AJ Fernandez New World Brute
News: AJ Fernandez New World Redondo to be TAA Exclusive
Brand Reference: AJ Fernandez Cigars
TAA Exclusive Series 2019 Reference: 2019 TAA Exclusive Series
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop