Cigar Review: Two Years Later, the AJ Fernandez New World Still Hit’s Hard

The first time I experienced the AJ Fernandez New World was after the Big Smoke in Las Vegas about a year and a half ago. At that time, I was an avid enthusiast of big, bold cigars and this one hit home when I pulled it out of my bag of goodies.

My first New World was handed to me by AJ Fernandez himself and he is a character full of bravado and a relentless get-it-done attitude.

Since then, I have turned to the less ass-kicking variety of cigars like the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown. However, I decided to return to the New World via a box deal I got at Cigars of the World.

As of this writing, I just smoked my last of 21 cigars in the Virrey (Gordo 6 x 58) vitola that came in the box. I have to say, I enjoyed the cigar but having a 2 – 3 of these a day is not for the faint of heart.

What I can say is the cigar is consistent, constructed well and burns well. Relighting was never an issue with this cigar and the flavor never changed from cigar to cigar. Also, I was glad to see no tunneling in any of the cigars and I never had a cigar wrapper unravel on me.

I smoke a box a week and it is dumbfounding to see cigars from reputable manufacturers have at least 2 – 3 cigars that miss the mark.

Voted 2014’s Cigar of the Year by Cigar Journal and written about by every other cigar publication, I am not going to get into the story or history of this cigar. Check out HalfwheelCigar Aficionado or any of the online retailers for details about the back story.

If you want to know what this cigar tastes like and pairs with, then continue on…

The cigar it self is loaded with a heap of earthy notes with a sideshow of leather and char. It is definitely a unique flavor and I found it best paired with Bourbon & Rum as they both lean towards the sweeter end of the spirit spectrum.

You will get a solid 30 – 40 minute smoke out of this vitola and it will burn quite evenly. Each cigar comes boxed pressed, and I found it to be harder to hold as you get down to the final stages of the cigar. I like to smoke my cigars down to the very end so a traditional round cigar has proven easiest to hold when less than an inch is left.

This cigar isn’t as strong as some of the boldest PDR’s or LFD Double Ligero Maduros, but it is more full-bodied than medium to full-bodied.

Here is what you will find inside:


Dark Nicaragua




Blend of Ometepe, Condega and Estelí (source)

Rest assured, for a price under $10 you are getting a well crafted, premium cigar. If bold, unique flavor profiles are what you crave, then you will get a solid, consistent smoke out of the AJ Fernandez New World.