This week brought some much needed pool time. Threw some ribs on the smoker and kicked back and enjoyed a Man O’ War Armada. This is a Aj Fernandez cigar, and his cigars hold a special place in my heart. On of the first cigars I smoked and bought a whole box of was the Man O’ War Ruination. So you can imagine my excitement when i got my hands on the Armada.
At first glance this is a beautiful cigar, it was a 6.5 x 56 toro in a beautiful dark brown wrapper. The wrapper is a Ecuador-Sumatra blend, with a Nicaraguan filler. This is a medium to heavy cigar and produces think creamy smoke. It takes about an hour and half from start to finish.
The pre lit smell was of tobacco and a creamy earthy oil. Once lit the first puff gave me a hint of cedar, coffee, pepper and that earthy taste again. For heavy cigar this is a real smooth and easy to smoke stick. The thick white cloud of smoke produced is how all cigars should smoke.
Flavor really did not change for me until the last 1/2 to 1/3. This change in flavor brought less earthy taste and more nutty with a mix of pepper again. The pepper is strong right at the very end of the cigar but it is still manageable mixed with the nutty and earthy flavor.
After smoking this one you realize what a $20 cigar should taste like, creamy, smokey, great burn and full of flavor. Not once did I have to touch up my burn, and the ashes would last 2-3 inches before falling off on their own. This was a very enjoyable smoke and I would have to put into my all time top 5 cigars I have had.
Man O’ War Armada
Shape – Toro
Wrapper – Ecuadorian-Sumatra
Origin – Nicaraguan
Binder – Nicaraguan
Filler – Nicaraguan
Price – $20 a cigar
I rate this cigar a strong
4.50 out of 5 puffs.
Comment below and let me know if you have tried the Armada or any other of the Man O’ War line.
I am The Cigar Newb and I will see you in the next blog!
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