I must admit, It’s been a while since we have had a San Lotano cigar and this would be the very first one featured on the podcast. How could we not bring forward a cigar that was created by cigar icons A.J. Fernandez and Jochy Blanco? It just felt so right. Let’s see how this powerhouse collaboration performed.
Construction - Let us start by saying that this vitola is actually pretty great and only because it is amazingly constructed and in box press form. I am not sure we would have liked it any other way. Although this beauty boasts tobacco from both AJ & Jochy, it was rolled at Tabacalera Palma which is jochy’s factory, and there is no doubt that this cigar was highly important to both men, because it is produced with absolute perfection in mind. It makes attributes we often glaze over or take for granted seem important and noticeable.
Burn - Parallel with the amazing construction was an equally incredible burn with both samples smoked. We both anticipated a nice easy and full draw on these cigars, and we got just that. The level of consistency in such a long & thick donger is admirable to say the least. Most would think that should be par for the course, but it’s actually pretty exceptional, especially for a box press. Bravo gents!
Flavor - This is where we anticipated some disparity. This “in your face” flavor profile is right up Chris’s wheelhouse, but one of which for me is a valued change up, just not one im continually trying to track down. It’s peppery up front! It gently smacks you in the face, like a blind midget trying to apply blush to your cheeks. It’s not overwhelming but it’s always there, and not always appropriately balanced out. You will intermittently get a subtle creaminess and an injection of earthiness, but they fade as quickly as they appear. Those flavors are desirable! They need to be in the game, not standing on the sidelines! The pepper is the dominant flavor through the remainder of the cigar which really exacerbates the lack of balance and complexity. That being said, it is not a terrible cigar at all, it could just use a little more cowbell.
$9.50 is the price for entry, which is very appropriate for this cigar, especially if you are a serial killer/pepper lover. We kid.. But seriously if heavy spice is your thing, you will very much appreciate everything this cigar has to offer, and even if you are not, it’s worth giving a try.
Cigar band from a Man O' War Ruination, manufactured in Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez Cigars.
Tabacalera Fernandez, best known to the English-speaking world as A.J. Fernandez Cigars, is a maker of cigars primarily grown and produced in Nicaragua and sold worldwide. The company is run by Abdel J. Fernandez, a third generation cigarmaker, and is a prominent manufacturer of cigars sold under a variety of labels, including "Man O'War," "Diesel," and "San Lotano"