Corona Extra, 5 x 46
Wrapper: Mexico/San Andres Maduro
|Cigar age||0 yr. 2.6 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Eduardo Fernández, namesake of Casa Fernández cigars, started his cigar business on the agricultural side. In the summer of 1997, Fernández bought 168 acres of farmland in Jalapa and also a smaller amount of land in Condega. Fernández created a tobacco company known as Aganorsa and he started a full-fledged tobacco operation in 2000. He later acquired the famed La Mia farm, which was once owned by Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Today, Aganorsa is one of Central America’s largest tobacco producers.
But Fernández had visions of a vertically integrated cigar company, one that could control every step in the cigar-making process, from seed to smoke. This would enable him to achieve consistency with his cigars from cigar line to cigar line and from year to year.
So, in 2002, he purchased a company, originally founded by expert cigar blender Pedro Martín. This company, which is now called Tabacalera Tropical, has been producing cigars continuously for over three decades.
Fernández's goal is to leverage his enormous tobacco resources and employ traditional, Cuban methods of processing tobacco and rolling cigars to make the best cigars possible.
This review is on the Miami Reserva Maduro. This cigar is made with binder and filler tobaccos from the Aganorsa farms in Nicaragua. The cigar is then wrapped in a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper leaf.
The Miami Reserva Maduro that I’m reviewing today is the 5 ¼” x 46 ring gauge Corona Extra.
TASTING NOTES: My first impression was that of sweetness. Beautiful, beautiful Maduro sweetness. There was an earthy, dark chocolate sweetness and a Ding-Dong sweetness. Retrohaling brought out Oreo cookies and cookies and cream. Seriously, this was like a dessert cigar in some respects. But the sweetness was all natural, this is not a flavor-infused cigar, but one that displays great natural tobacco sweetness.
This cigar is a lip-smacking good stogie. And, the burn and draw were near perfection. The burn line was straight and the draw was smooth and perfect.
This is a great example of a Maduro cigar; sweet and full of chocolate, coffee and earthy goodness. No doubt, the Mexican Andres Maduro is kicking in the sweetness and ripe fruit character.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro is a great cigar. For all of you who like Maduro's, this one is a no-brainer to try. It's sweet and full of flavor.
These go for a box price of $156, which makes it a per cigar price of around $7.80 per stick for the Corona Extra’s. So, the price shouldn't dissuade you and the taste should captivate you, as it did me.
I recommend these cigars highly as a great example of what a good maduro should taste like.
Final verdict: Put these on your shopping list to buy and enjoy.
These cigars are resting in their original box with cellophane wrappers intact. They are inside my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor with an active humidification system set at 68%RH.
This is the first of two reviews on these sticks, which have been in my humidor for 2 months and 21 days prior to this review.
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