Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro – Cigar Review
These days, small American companies are priding themselves on creating beautiful products with only the finest quality materials. The same seems to be true for cigar manufacturers as well. Nestled away in the balmy sun of Miami, Florida, founder Eduardo Fernandez and cousin Paul Palmer-Fernandez are producing truly magnificent cigars. Introduced in 2013, the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro is a wonderful addition to the company’s line. Available in 3 sizes- Corona Extra, Toro, and Titan – this blend is touted by Casa Fernandez as utilizing a variety of Authentic Cuban seeds and “AA” Tobacco leaf from Arganorsa. The cigar’s blend is comprised of Medio Tiempo Maduro, Ligero, and Viso from specific Aganorsa tobacco farms in Jalapa Valley, Condega Valley, and Esteli in Nicaragua. This blend is complimented nicely with a San Andres Mexican leaf wrapper. This family truly has put a lot of effort in creating fine cigars, and the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro is proof of their attention to detail.
Today’s review is based on the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro- Corona Extra, weighing in at 5 1/4 x 46.
Size: 5/14 x 46
Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro is adorned with two bands:
The top is decorated in gold, black and red with “Fabrica De Tabaco” across the top, “Casa Fernandez” at the bottom, both enveloping a red oval with the word Miami in the center. The bottom band is neatly styled in a delicate gold trim with the word “Reserva” in gold across the black band.
The wrapper of the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro is a rich cocoa brown with fine to medium veins. There is a delicate oily sheen across the cigar; smooth to the touch with a few noticeable veins across the wrapper. The cap and roll have had such attention to detail, they seem almost as one, with nearly unnoticeable seams.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro contains delicate notes of pepper and caramel. I chose a straight cut on this cigar as the smaller ring gauge provided a smooth, clean cut. The dry draw flavors of the CFMR Maduro contained heavy pepper, some cedar, and notes of caramel.
Smoking Characteristics: My initial reaction to the Miami Reserva Maduro is a complete mouthful of pepper flavor, yet it seems to mellow slightly with every draw. The ash remains firm and the draw is consistent, producing a large volume of smoke from the initial light. Pepper is the prominent flavor note, yet I’m also enjoying a bit of cedar and caramel flavors.
The ash is holding well into the first third. After I have just tapped the majority off to prevent it from falling, a small portion has held on to keep the heat and pepper flavor from overpowering the cigar’s more subtle notes.
Into the second third of the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro, the pepper flavor intensifies and the caramel and cedar subside. I’m enjoying the pepper, but I wish that the caramel and cedar flavors I had been enjoying on the initial few draws would be more prominent.
The final third of this cigar has mellowed on the pepper slightly, with the caramel flavor returning. I am really enjoying the volume of smooth smoke, and the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro still holds the same wonderful construction and ash from the start.
While winding down to the end of this cigar, the pepper flavor remains prominent from the original light, but I’m finally gaining full end notes of caramel in this smoke. I’m enjoying this to the nub, still holding it’s construction with no falter.
Conclusion: The Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro smoked to my original expectations. I had expected a nice mix of pepper and caramel throughout. Pleasantly, the caramel flavors came in pockets of flavor transition over the course of the cigar. The most enjoyable quality of this cigar was definitely the construction, which the Casa Fernandez family has gone to great lengths to ensure a well smoked cigar from light to finish. This cigar is definitely for enthusiasts looking for a well crafted, full-bodied Maduro cigar.