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AJ Fernandez breaks new ground
By now, you know AJ Fernandez is one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Aficionados can’t seem to get enough of his bold and meticulously crafted cigars. And while the world may know AJ Fernandez, few know the man behind the scenes, AJ’s father Ismael Fernandez. The elder Fernandez played a vital role in the blending of the original Enclave cigar, but after some experimentation, a follow-up to the highly successful premium was born.
Enclave Broadleaf is a first for AJ Fernandez’s portfolio, as it utilizes a Connecticut Broadleaf. When combined with a mix of Nicaraguan fillers, this binder adds some spice to nuances of cedar, earth, and black pepper. An excellent addition to AJ Fernandez’s portfolio that is sure to impress aficionados across the board.
AJ's Innovation on Full Display
AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help with his father, Ismael, and the cigar received a well-deserved ‘92’ rating and Top 25 honors.The newest iteration of Enclave was brought about by a simple curiosity–AJ wanted to know what the blend would taste like wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf, and I’ve never been so grateful for Mr. Fernandez’s inventive and adventurous approach to making cigars.
Don’t get me wrong, the original Enclave is nothing shy of exquisite, but when Nicaraguan fillers from Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí, and the Jalapa Valley are encased by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, what you get is a brand new profile with a deeper flavor and full-body. Enclave Broadleaf is visibly darker than the original, and the unlit tobaccos have a spicier aroma with a slight hint of hay and caramel–an indication that this cigar has been aged very well.When the cigar is first lit, there is a fair amount of spice with notes of earth, espresso, some toasted almonds, and slight citrus on the finish. As the burn continues, the peppery notes remain present, but the flavors develop into a creamy leather with notes of cocoa and a natural sweetness. Enclave Broadleaf is a solid full-bodied cigar, and it has complexity to spare. Of course, the original will always be a regular in my rotation of premiums, but this new addition will definitely find its way into the mix as well.