Born into the cigar industry in Cuba, Abel “AJ” Fernandez worked in Pinar del Rio, Cuba for nearly two decades before moving on to work with some of the best in the industry. He is also the mastermind behind some of the best cigars on the market today including Man O’ War, Ave Maria, and Diesel just to name a few. The Relic Salomon is handmade in his legendary Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua with the precision and care AJ is known for. The Relic starts with an enticing bouquet of well-aged top-priming Nicaraguan long-leaf ligeros that are secured by a zesty Nicaraguan Habano binder. The pièce de résistance is the rare, dark, toothy, shade grown Habano wrapper that took AJ nearly a decade to perfect on his own farm in Estelí, Nicaragua. Blended to perfection, this medium to full-bodied handmade is brimming with bold notes of rustic earth, leather, coffee, and pepper with a long zesty finish. Big, smoky, and incredibly smooth, enjoy the Relic with your favorite lager.
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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