Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez San Lotano Connecticut

Size: 5×52, Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduran & Dominican

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Strength: Full

Price: $6-8

Grade: 9.0

The San Lotano is made in AJ Fernandez’s Esteli, Nicaragua factory, which produces 9 million cigars per year. The cigar comes in four sizes with a choice of three wrappers – a Connecticut, Habano, and Maduro. The San Latano line debuted officially at this year’s IPCPR. You can read the official press release for the new line here. Today’s review completes the full lineup review – you can read the review of the Maduro here and the Habano here.

As you know, A.J. Fernandez has successfully produced cigars for a number of other makers (Diesel, Man O’ War, Padilla Habano), but the San Lotano is his own and will be distributed by Cigar Express in the U.S.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Connecticut wrapper on the Robusto is in good shape with minimal veins. As with the other blends, the cigar is well packed with a nice weight in the palm but the cap is a bit sloppy. The pre-light aroma is of leather with a nice earthy barnyard at the foot. The cold draw produces some spice that is in the pepper family.

Burn, 1.8:
The San Lotano burns evenly with an excellent draw for the duration of the smoke. The ash holds well and the cigar requires no touch ups or re-lights at all. The smoke temperature is very pleasant on this cigar, and is really well constructed.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on this smoke is spicy, not unpleasant, but that is the dominant profile. Moving into the first third, the base of solid tobacco is mixed with peppery spice and a somewhat nutty finish. The cigar opens up a bit in the second third with notes that are a bit more pronounced. The spice is not as strong but is still present on the finish. Into the last third, I again realize how well balanced all of these smokes are. The flavor profile presents some interesting notes and the spice is always there, but no one flavor dominates. The cigar finishes strong and, unlike the Habano, the cigar seems to mellow a bit more into the last third.

Overall, 2.8:
This is another solid smoke from A.J. The tobacco, spice, and other notes work well to create a pleasant smoking experience. The Habono wrapper is still my favorite, but this one is a tie with the Maduro. A solid smoke at a solid price.

(Total: 9.0)