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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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Today we are going to take a look at two smokes - the AJ Fernandez Mayimbe and the interestingly named Asylum Straight Jacket. Will either of these cigars drive me utterly insane? Or will they bore me to madness? Let's find out.

AJ Fernandez Mayimbe Robusto

Born in Nicaragua and produced at the prestigious Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. factory, I had heard some good things about this much anticipated stogie. I managed to land my hands on a few and actually sat on them for a while before lighting one up, despite my eagerness to give them a go. Whether I was saving them up for a special occasion or not, I'm not sure - something just told me to hold on to them a bit and so I did.

The AJ Fernandez Mayimbe comes in four sizes: Robusto, Toro, Churchill, and Torpedo. Despite the differing lengths of each cigar, AJ jumped on the bandwagon of keeping each vitola the same ring gauge, an interesting practice that I am not still sure whether I like it or not. The full measurements are: 5 x 56, 6 x 56, 7 x 56, and 6 x 56 respectively. They come in boxes of ten and range in price from $14.40-$15.00 a smoke, or $144-$150 a box, putting them on the pricier side. Only 2500 boxes of 10 (25,000 for you math flunkies) for each of the four vitolas.

These are handsome cigars - I'll be honest - there aren't many cigars that I don't find attractive for one reason or another. I typically like cigars either with character or that are just plain sleek. This stick falls somewhere in-between. It is a light brown with red highlights and some veining scattered about, giving it a leathery look.

It is made of an interesting mixture of tobacco - the filler is Honduran, Nicaraguan, and AJF Privativo. The binder comes from Nicaraguan leaf, and the wrapper is a Pennsylvanian Broadleaf. I was very curious to see what flavors this produced. The construction was solid - no softness or flaws. The aroma was a hard to identify at first, but reminded me of a blend of cookies, citrus, and spice. A pre-light draw offered up more of the same. Delicious!



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0 # AJ does it againCraig Talley 2013-12-18 16:27
What a good review on the Mayimbe.
So many of his cigars please me and I can't wait to try this one!
No buzz word or cult following is needed to sell these!

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