Well the good part about this time of year being slow in new releases it allows me to catch up and smoke cigars that I have not had but wanted to try based on the reviews of others. One of those cigars is the Man O War Ruination. I first found out about this cigar from Jerry Cruz on his review over at stogiereview.com and last year I was so concentrating on getting certain reviews up I just put it on the list.
When Jerry was in NYC a couple of weeks ago I was hoping he would have one on him to try but he did not so I got a 5 pack from the devil site for $21.00 and now we get to ask the question, is a box purchase in my future?
Cigar: Man O War Ruination
Size: 5.5 x 54 (No. 1/Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Ligero
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Appearance and Construction: The Man O’ War Ruination features a very oily wrapper with a fair amount of veins. None of these veins stick out in an obscene way, but they are there none the less. The cigar is expertly rolled with the seams almost impossible find with a picture perfect cap. This hefty cigar has no soft spots and a wonderful looking band that makes you want to watch a USC game, Gladiator or Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The foot has a secondary band, but I understand these cigars might have a new band on newer releases.
Flavor & Notes : You can smell the Ligero wrapper as spice is present to the nose. The foot offers a similar spice but there also a subtle cocoa hidden underneath. The pre-light draw offers some subtle spices and raisin. Once the cigar is lit there is some pepper present with notes of leather and a subtle sweetness that borders on vanilla. After the first inch the cigar mellows some and becomes an incredibly rich cigar with notes of leather, cocoa and coffee that are simple insane. The second third of this cigar notes of wood begin to emerge as the leather moves to the background. The cigar loses some of its strength as it mellows out into a medium bodied experience. As the second third comes to a close there are notes of wood, nuts, cocoa and coffee intertwined making this a delightful smoking experience. The final third of the cigar the wood remains with notes of coffee as the leather slowly creeps up. The finish is dry so be sure to keep a beverage handy.
Smoking Characteristics: I was a little bit worried this cigar that is loaded with ligero tobacco would have burn issues. The thick ligero wrapper burned very well and almost perfectly even from start to finish. The Man O War Ruination produced a lot of smoke and never went out which was a plus. The medium gray ash held on very well with only a minimal amount of flake. The draw was perfect as I enjoyed this slow burning cigar.
Conclusion: I said it before and I will say it again. AJ Fernandez is the next big thing. Cigar after cigar that I have sampled from him have been an extremely enjoyable experience with great price points. This Man O War Ruination is perfect for the full bodied cigar lover. For those who do not like the full strength ligero ass kick the regular Man O War line is a great alternative.