The Ave Maria Lionheart is more than just its stunning band. The cigar itself, hailing from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Nicaragua, is a stellar creation designed for those seeking a full-flavored, full-bodied handmade of the highest caliber. Panelists found the construction to be spot-on and the flavor rich, smooth, balanced, refined and complex. Underneath the stunning band is a gorgeous Nicaraguan Sun-Grown wrapper that hugs a Nicaraguan binder and a lion’s share of Brazilian, Mexican, and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Balanced from nose to tail, expect notes of cedar, spice, citrus, and coffee with a smooth finish. Our panel loved this smoke and suggested pairing it with an IPA during happy hour.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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