Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World Toro

Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World Toro

A.J. Fernandez Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 55
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $6.14 MSRP

Overall Rating: 8.5

The A.J. Fernandez New World is the newest cigar from A.J. Fernandez Cigars. A full bodied cigar with a good amount of cocoa, coffee and nut flavors, the New World is certain to be well received by cigar enthusiasts. What makes the project different than previous releases is that this is the first collaboration between A.J. and his father Ismael. In a press release A. J. Fernandez said, “The team at A.J. Fernandez Cigars is grateful for the amazing support we have received from the consumer and therefore will offer the New World Cigar at a value price as we invite everyone to join us on our New World journey. Furthermore, I am especially proud to announce that my father Ismael Fernandez who recently retired after 17 years with the Plasencia family has now joined the A.J. Fernandez family. New World marks the first cigar that we work on together since he joined the company.”

Pre-Light: The A.J. Fernandez New World is a good looking box pressed cigar. The cigar’s band resembles the turn of the century cigar labels that have become collectables both inside and outside the cigar world. (For more on this art read The Art of the Cigar Label by Joe Davidson.) A dry dark wrapper covers the box pressed New World.

From the wrapper a barnyard and suede aroma is easily noticeable. Off the unlit foot of the New World comes scents of sweet natural tobacco and dried fruit. The cold draw in extremely easy and allows through slight cocoa and earth flavors.

Burn: The New World burns surprisingly even from start to finish. A perfect draw lets through copious amounts of smoke. The New World holds its ash very well.

Flavor: The beginning of the New World starts with flavors of cocoa and nuts. There is a pronounce black pepper and crushed red pepper on the retrohale. An inch into the cigar, the chewy meatiness begins to take shape along with flavors of coffee, oak and nuts. Entering the second third of the cigar, the flavor profile remains pretty consistent. Cocoa, coffee, nuts, oak, and black pepper continue to mix throughout the second third of the cigar. Towards the end of the second third of the New World a dried fruit flavor enters the picture and mixes well with the coffee, nuts and oak. Entering the final third of the cigar the nuts and dried fruit flavors really begin to change and develop quite nicely. Dried fruit, coffee and nuts remain the main flavors through until the end of the cigar.

Overall: A.J. Fernandez makes many good cigars (most for the internet only), but lately there has not been a cigar that really excited me. The New World is one I was looking forward to, and it turned out to be a pretty good cigar. There is a good development to the flavor profile that is quite enjoyable. Cocoa, dried fruit, coffee, nuts and pepper give this full bodied cigar a fair amount of flavor. Personally, it doesn’t fit what I’d consider a “box worthy” cigar that you hold onto, but at this price it could be a great everyday cigar.

Pairing: The obvious choice for pairing with the A.J. Fernandez New World is a cup of Cuban coffee or espresso. A sipping rum such as the Zafra 21 will also compliment the New World nicely. For the whisky drinker, a dram of the Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask will pair well with this cigar.

On a side note: The back of the cigar band on the New World says “Satisfaction Guaranteed” on it, but I can’t find anything in their press releases about what this guarantee entails. A while back I say posters that enticed smokers to try the new Casa Magna Colorado of Dominus Magnus and if you didn’t enjoy it that you could pick out any cigar of your choice up to $10. As far as I know, no one at my local retailer actually asked for a second cigar of their choice but I did see plenty of empty Casa Magna boxes on the shelf. I liked this idea. Hopefully this is what is meant by the “Satisfaction Guaranteed on the New World, but I doubt many smokers would make use of it due to the quality of the New World.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review provided by Jorge at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. If you’re in the Houston area, check out their public lounge with plenty of big screen TVs and huge walk-in humidor. No request for review was made, and although the generosity is appreciated it in no way affects this review. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to bringing you impartial cigar reviews.