I should really begin by saying that I love smokes made by A.J. Fernandez, and I think cigar smokers need to begin making shirts that say I (heart) A.J. Fernandez. He has really brought some great cigars to the industry, and with that made them with unique tobacco that many smokers have never been accustomed to smoking before. I believe he has resurrected the leaf Habano 2000, and brought Pennsylvania Broadleaf to the attention of many smokers as well. He has made incredible lines for other manufacturers, and has even developed house brands for cigar shops that have received nothing but praise from all smokers. I remember when I sent some Man O War Ruination smokes without bands to international friends who only smoke Cuban cigars, and they were blown away. It is because of all of this that I was excited for Pinolero.
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Throughout the second half of cigar construction is still not an issue in anyway, and it is leaving that solid light gray ash that is holding on to the cigar well. Because it is a corona in vitola I am not trying to hold on to the ash to much, but I am sure it could hold on very well with a robusto smoke. The strength of the cigar is still at that medium body level, and it is anytime of day cigar to me. The best part of the cigar is the flavors, and they are encompassing so much. I am getting some soft black pepper notes, and it is balanced by some cocoa sweetness as well. There is a bit of nuts present with that, and it is showing a floral finish with this dry wood and hay flavor. The cigar is smoking very cool throughout, and on the last draw it is very flavorful and very tasty. The finish remains for sometime, and is very enjoyable.