Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado

AJ Fernandez Cigars 
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado)
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2” x 52
Strength: medium-full to ful
Price: $6.90

Overall Rating: 9.1

One year ago, AJ Fernandez teamed up with his father Ismael to create the New World, and followed it up with the New World Connecticut. (See our earlier New World review.) Now, they have once again partnered together in the creation of the AJ Fernandez Enclave. Beginning with the New World, there has been a reworking of the AJ Fernandez Portfolio that has been very well done. With an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper and African Cameroon binder, the Enclave is a very distinctive addition to the AJ brand. A complex medium-full bodied cigar, the AJ Fernandez is a great cigar, that becomes even better when you take into account the fact that it is under $7.

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Pre-Light: The and on the Enclave is a beautiful work of art. An American Indian on horseback riding through a native enclave graces the primary band that is outlined in blue and gold. A red secondary band with blue and gold accents continues the Native American theme of the cigar. A dark brown Habano Rosado wrapper seems to have an old southwest coloring that only reinforces the Native American theme.

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There’s definite earthy barnyard aroma to the wrapper of the Enclave Figurado. Due to the shape of the figurado there’s no distinctly different scent to the foot of the cigar. Considering the cigar’s shape, the cold draw is remarkably easy. Pre-light flavors of coffee, cedar and hay come through on the pre-light draw.

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Burn: The burn on the Enclave is very even until the last inch or so of the cigar, and never requires any correction from a lighter. The draw on the Enclave is nice and easy allowing through just the right amount of smoke.

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Flavor: The Enclave Figurado starts off with a distinct sweet cedar and cinnamon note that is soon met by a nice strong pepperiness. The pepper quickly mellows and becomes one of many notes in this fairly complex cigar. There’s sweet cedar, some ground cinnamon, mild cooking spices and a mixture of white and black pepper to the first third of the AJ Fernandez Enclave. On the retrohale there a good deal of pepper to the Enclave at the early part of the cigar. At the transition to the second third of the cigar, there’s a sea salt and pepper note that dominates briefly. The Enclave mellows into a blend of cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, leather and black pepper thats remains throughout the second third. During the second third of the cigar the retrohale is more smooth, with and intermingling of spice, mild pepper and occasional hay notes. As the transition to the final third begins, the cinnamon note comes to the forefront with leather, cedar and hay just behind. The spice really starts to dominate in the final third of the Enclave Figurado. Cedar, black pepper,coffee and hay are all present in the last inches of the cigar.

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Overall: Since the release of the New World I’ve been very impressed with what AJ has been doing. The Enclave is easily the best cigar of any recent AJ releases. Roughly the same strength (or a tad fuller) than the New World, the Enclave is a complex cigar. Cedar, cinnamon, pepper and spice flavors make for a enjoyable experience. Personally, I have made the Enclave a regular fixture in my humidor. They were barely in the system at my local shop before I had a box in my locker. Fans of the New World will find this a very tasty cigar, but the appeal of the Enclave is much wider due to it’s complexity.

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Pairing: The Enclave pairs very well with a cup of Cuban coffee or espresso. A smooth sipping rum such as the Kirk and Sweeney 12 or Zafra 21 pairs nicely with the cedar, cinnamon, spice and pepper of the Enclave. For the scotch drinker, the Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask is a great choice.

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On a side note: At $6.90 per cigar, the AJ Fernandez Enclave is a very reasonably priced cigar. The quality and complexity of the cigar could make it worth a price $2 to $4 more, so it’s a great bargain at its current MSRP. There are few if any better cigars on the market at a sub $7 price point. Although we don’t take price into account in our reviewing, sometimes it’s worth mentioning when a cigar is a great deal. The Enclave is certainly a good deal.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

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Cigars for this review provided by AJ Fernandez Cigars. No request for review was made. Although their generosity is greatly appreciated it in no way effects the rating of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we are committed to impartial cigar reviews.