AJ's finest creation...
Man O’ War’s success stems from its luscious Habano Ecuador wrapper. The leaf is taken from the upper middle portion of the plant, known as viso, which is where some of the richest, oiliest and most coveted tobacco can be found. These viso leaves are then put through a three-year fermentation process that is personally overseen by AJ Fernandez himself. Once this incredible wrapper is ready, it is combined with a blend of aged Nicaraguan fillers, harvested from three separate farms. AJ then personally proportions the tobacco, since this blend is one of his most closely guarded secrets, to create an incredibly rich and complex cigar that falls right in line with the best premium sticks on the market. These cigars have all been aged at least six additional months after being rolled, to ensure that the wrapper blends harmoniously with the complex mix of filler. Man O’ War produces hearty, earthy flavors with hints of cashews and almonds that are masked by a peppery aftertaste and a touch of sugar. It’s easy to see how a blend this delicious has risen to the top of the class overnight.
AJ's personal, everyday blend in an awesome belicoso shape.
The story behind Man O' War Puro Authentico is rather unique. We've visited AJ's factory many times and every time we've seen AJ smoking a corona-sized Habano-wrapped cigar with a covered foot. He's never told us the blend or what it was for. After constant questioning (he made the mistake of letting us try a few), he finally broke down and admitted he has his own special cigar made in a 5"x42 corona as his everyday personal smoke. Eventually, we convinced him to let us offer these to the Cigar.com faithful and thus, Man O' War Puro Authentico was born. So popular was the corona size, it was decided to make the same blend in a stout belicoso size. Pick up a box of 10 today, and experience AJ's everyday, "go-to" blend.
A Connecticut done Man O' War style.
Virtue is one of the smoothest cigars on the market, and easily one of the smoothest concoctions ever created by AJ Fernandez. It contains just the right amount of Nicaragua ligero to give it a light punch to keep all you full-bodied Man O' War fans satisfied, while also utilizing Nicaraguan seco and viso tobaccos for an overall medium-bodied experience that remains smooth and creamy from start to finish. AJ wrapped this surprisingly brawny blend with a golden, Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut leaf cultivated in 2002, altogether resulting in a hearty complexity with a meaty yet mellow finish.