Every March and every October like clockwork I get hit hard with allergies. Add to the fact that while at Little Puff I developed flu like symptoms on the way home and I began to rethink how much I smoke. One of the reasons I started out blogging was to eventually work within the industry. Sadly, it has not happened. Some say the twitter persona I have developed prevents that from happening, but those who know me in the real world, know that it is just a persona to fit into the locker-room mentality that exists in social media. I will persevere and I will get my dream job.
Anyway, ramblings aside my cough and cold are gone and I am back to smoking 3-6cigars a day. My wallet isn’t happy about that, but my mental well being is as the relaxing time was missed in my daily repertoire. A cigar I have been smoking a lot is the San Lotano Oval by AJ Fernandez.
According to the AJ Fernandez website,
The prestigious San Lotano Oval from AJ Fernandez presents in a highly unique oval shape. The key to an enhanced smoking experience: ultra-premium aged tobacco. The new Oval affords a truly distinguished balance like no other.
The cigar is available in six sizes, Petite Robusto (4.5 x 54); Corona (4 x 44); Robusto (5.5 x 54); Toro (6 x 54); Gordo (6.5 x 60) and Pyramid (6.5 x 54).
Cigar: San Lotano Oval
Size: 5.5 x 54 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano 2000 Wrapper (Aged 4+ years)
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Cigars Smoked For Review: 5+
Appearance and Construction: If you read my blog on a regular basis you should know by now about my love for box pressed cigars. The oval is a nice variation on the traditional box press. The Habano wrapper that adorns this creation from AJ Fernandez is as smooth as silk under the fingers and glistens with oils. There are a few veins present, but none of them are more than the norm. The cigar is well rolled with a simple cap. Under close inspection there are no soft spots and a slight sponginess. Perfection.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the San Lotano Oval by AJ Fernandez serves up a nose of chocolate and spice. The cold draw consists of a moss, cedar and a touch of spice. As the cigar rested between my lips to chocolate from the wrapper was intensely delicious. Once the cigar is lit the dominant note of coffee begins to take hold and is magnified when exhaling through the nose. In the background is a subtle mocha and spice. The cigar is extremely smooth and has a lot of depth. In the second third of the cigar a transition into a traditional nuts and cedar with a nice sweetness in the mix as well and some coffee on the finish. The cigar remains incredibly smooth and complex. The last third of the cigar changes into one of earth, and some more the moss that was experienced on the pre-light draw. The finish has a bit of nuttiness to it and
Smoking Characteristics: The San Lotano Oval burns slightly off-center, but never gets out of hand or develops a waviness about it. The dark ash holds strong easily keeping it’s ash for half the cigar at a clip on all the samples I smoked. The draw was almost perfect bordering on the slightly loose side. The aroma of the cigar really stood out filling the nasal cavity with a sweet milk chocolate like note that enhanced the cigar smoking experience.
Conclusion: The regular San Lotano Habano line is good, but the Oval is outstanding. Wonderfully rich and complex the cigar has a profile the pleases from the first light to the last exhale. The Oval instantly proclaims itself as a stick worthy of consideration for cigar of the year. Finding them on-line will be difficult as they are Brick & Mortar only.
These cigars are available via Uptown Cigar, call them for pricing.