The Monday Review – 9/21/20 – AJ Fernandez Enclave

The Monday Review:

AJ Fernandez – Enclave
September 21, 2020

Cigar Name: Enclave
Company Name: AJ Fernandez

MSRP (per stick): $7.50
6.5 x 52
Role Type: Figurado

Flavor Profile: Medium

(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating: 2.0
Value Rating: 2.0

Description: The Enclave comes in four different roles, this review uses the Figurado (6.5×52) but it also comes in a Churchill (7×52), a Robusto (5×52), and a toro (6×52). The Enclave has an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, a Cameroon binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. It is made in the Tabacalera factory in Nicaragua.

This cigar has a very mellow cold draw without a lot of flavor. However, when the smoke begins the flavors begin to come out. The primary flavors that come to the forefront are sandalwood, graham cracker, and black pepper, with a hint of straw on the after taste. This all combines for a medium or perhaps medium to mild body.

The Enclave has an excellent look in both design and construction, as one might expect from an AJ Fernandez stick. I have found each stick to be consistent in construction and burn. The burn has been nice and even with a draw towards the open end of the spectrum. One small caution is that this stick has a tendency to smoke hot and fast unless you are deliberate about taking your time. This is most likely due to the fact it tends to be more on the open side.

Comments: The name Enclave is a nod of respect to the Native American culture and the artwork on cigar reflects this. I tend to see a lot of use of Native American imagery in the cigar industry to be tacky and pandering, but not in this case. The Enclave manages to project a feeling of dignity and respect.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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