When it comes to cigars, no one perfects a better cigar than the master blender, AJ Fernandez who has inherited technique and learned practices from the Fernandez family legacy. The San Lotano brand has been around for quite some time, dating back to its Pre-Castro Cuban birth where it was perfected by AJ’s grandfather in San Luis Cuba. Like many Cuban cigars, the company faced tremendous hardships from the hands of the government and was forced to shutter its operations. So it is no surprise that the San Lotano cigar was welcomed back by incredible hype and tremendous fanfare.
And of course Fernandez delivered like the surprise stripper who popped out of your 40th birthday cake. The reintroduced San Lotano Maduro comes from the Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, home to the finest chicas. This maduro dame features a Mexican wrapper, a dual binder from Dominican Republic and Honduras and a two-country long-filler blend from Honduras and Nicaragua.
This box press beauty boasts a rich, velvety, sun-softened San Andres Mexican wrapper and offers mouth-watering aromas of cocoa and earth. Once toasted and fully ignited, the initial taste is a little peppery with notes of a rich coffee, espresso perhaps. This cigar evolves into a delectable earthy, coffee, cocoa treat and is as flavorful as the succulent lips of a coy chatelaine. However, it comes off a little lighter than I expected, yet still rounds out as a quality medium-bodied blend. The smoke is thick and chewy on your palate producing a rich chocolaty craving for lust. It produces mounds of rich, thick plumes of smoke that whisk you away to another realm. The Nicaraguan and Honduran flavors lend some earthy tones to the flavor to blend nicely with the wrapper to create one of the finest Latinas around. I really enjoyed this cigar and have added it to my regular rotation of quality trysts.
The San Lotano Maduro brings back an old Cuban tradition that started with AJ’s grandfather and that will carry on with AJ’s ever-growing portfolio of exceptional blends.
This cigar would pair perfectly with an espresso but for those bourbon lovers, you will love it with a dram of Jack Daniels Single Barrel.
Made by AJ Fernandez
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Honduran and Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Price: About $6