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Spotlight Brand: Man O' War Ruination

Ruination by Man O' War

A full-bodied masterpiece from AJ Fernandez.

Man O’ War Ruination pushes the envelope for full-bodied blends by perfectly matching strength, flavor, and body for a complex, yet balanced experience.

Man O’ War was developed by Abdel "AJ" Fernandez, a Cuban-born cigar maker continuing three generations of tobacco mastery. After spending most of his life working with premium tobacco in Cuba, Abdel Fernandez moved to Nicaragua to begin producing his own cigars.

Man O’ War Ruination features a hearty concoction of Cuban-seed Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Furthermore, these tobaccos are mostly ligero leaves, which add a ton of spice to the blend allowing for a bold, robust experience. The wrapper is a thick and oily Ecuadorian Habano leaf, with a look and aroma not much unlike leather. This blend is incredibly rich with flavors ranging from earth and leather to hints of oak. Ruination is an excellent addition to the Man O’ War line, and a must try for all fans of full-bodied, perfectly balanced blends.

Q & A: An Unraveling Wrapper?

Q.
Why did the wrapper on my cigar unravel?

2/23/09 | by DF of Ellsworth, ME

A.
Wrapper leaves are incredibly delicate. They are applied to each cigar and then sealed on the stick by the use of a cap at the head of the cigar. The cap prevents the end of the wrapper leaf from detaching from the head of cigar and unraveling. The major cause for this particular problem is an incorrect cut. At the head of each cigar you will find the cap and by close examination, you should find a circular line where the end of the cap meets the body of the cigar. This area is commonly referred to as the "shoulder." If a cigar is cut past this point, where the cut actually snips off part of the body of the cigar, then the wrapper will easily unravel since all of the cap was removed. To prevent this, simply cut each cigar no lower than the shoulder. If you find yourself with an unraveling wrapper, a little saliva or pectin applied to the head should fix it right up. 

by Bryan

Review: ACID Opulence 3

Dave Opulence 3
Torpedo (6" x 54) The torpedo really emphasized all of the characteristics of the infused tobaccos. Complex with notes of cocoa, coffee, and sweet fruity nuances, this was a rare treat. The aroma is amazingly inviting.

Robusto (5" x 54) The draw was perfect as no "double puffing" was needed. Although a bit less complex than the torpedo, many thick notes of espresso overwhelmed the senses. Seemed a bit stronger.

Toro (6" x 54) Burned unevenly and offered a tighter draw. The flavors at the start were similar to the other sizes but this blend drastically changed half-way through. The finish was potent and strong, with some incredibly light hints of pepper noticeable in the back of the palate. The aroma, again, was excellent.