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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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gurkhagurkha cellar reserve limitada


It’s review time once again, and today’s reviews will focus on two cigars with Maduro wrappers in the form of the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Maduro and the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Limitada.

A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Maduro Churchill

The Pinolero Maduro from A.J. Fernandez is a cigar that was created with the hopes of replicating the experience provided from smoking Cuban cigars.  The original Pinolero made its debut in 2012 at the IPCPR show, and the Maduro version hit shelves one year later.  Is this stogie just a bad imitation of a tasty Cuban cigar, or did A.J. Fernandez hit the mark?  Let’s find out…

I’ll be smoking the Churchill edition of the Pinolero Maduro, which measures 7 x 52.  Other sizes include the 5 x 52 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, and the 6 ½ x 52 Torpedo.  The cigar features a Nicaraguan Cuban Seed filler, Nicaraguan binder, and Pinolero Maduro wrapper, also grown in Nicaragua.  There’s also a version that comes with a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper that’s available for purchase.  Strength-wise, this stogie is listed as medium to full-bodied.

At first glance, I give the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Maduro a solid grade in terms of its appearance.  A large, colorful band with ornate graphics depicting Pinoleros, or “locals” adds a nice touch to the dark brown wrapper.  The cigar has a toothy look and feels firm to the touch.  There’s some oil on the wrapper and a few veins dot the surface.  Just before lighting I notice a cold taste of pepper, while the cigar’s aroma is sweet.

After striking the Pinolero Maduro Churchill with my lighter, it’s nothing but smooth sailing. The burn is about as perfect as one could expect. No touch-ups are required at all.  The cigar also stays lit on its own. The draw is excellent. There’s also plenty of smoke that comes out of this dark beauty.  Solid light gray ash is produced that looks great against the dark wrapper.  Smoking time?  About 90 minutes.






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