Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

User Rating: / 4

a.j. fernandeza.j. fernandez pinolero robusto
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The Alec Bradley Connecticut is as mild as advertised, but is anything but boring.  Cedar, sweetness, and mild spice take control in the first third.  The second third offers more sweetness, plus some earth, nuts, and cocoa.  The final third is a pleasant combo of nuts and vanilla.

I really enjoyed the Alec Bradley Connecticut Toro.  It’s another great cigar from the brand that scores well in terms of its appearance, burn, and flavor.  At around $7 to $8 per single it is not cheap, but you are getting a quality cigar for your money.  Give it a try with your morning coffee for a nice way to start off the day.  Look for the Connecticut Toro in packs of five or boxes of 20.

The Alec Bradley Connecticut Toro earns a rating of four out of four stars.

A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Robusto


The Pinolero is a new release by A.J. Fernandez, the man who is also responsible for putting out the San Lotano lines.  Pinolero is a Nicaraguan colloquial term for “local”, and the cigar is said to be very aromatic and complex.  Such a description intrigues me, so I’ve decided to give a Robusto a shot to see how it fares.

The A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Robusto measures 5 x 52.  There are five other sizes in the line – the 5 x 42 Corona, 5 3/4 x 54 Figurado, 6 x 52 Toro, 6 x 60 Gran Toro, and the 7 x 52 Churchill.  The cigar’s filler is a combination of Nicaraguan Cuban Seed tobacco plus what is described as a Fernandez family secret.  The binder is Nicaraguan, and the wrapper is Nicaraguan Sun Grown.  The Pinolero is said to be medium to full-bodied in strength.


0 # RE: Alec Bradley Connecticut Review and the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero ReviewRich Hart 2012-11-22 12:55
I will have to try this one. Hopefully it is better than the dissapointing other cigars AJ has come out with. One of the most over rated cigar compamies on the market :-x

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0 # RE: Alec Bradley Connecticut Review and the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero ReviewQuaker 2012-11-25 09:24
I will certainly try this one and hope it will be better than AJ's other blends. So far they have all been a huge dissapointment

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0 # Not a fun experienceDamselNotInDistress 2012-11-26 01:59
:sad: I can't say I enjoyed this cigar. In fact, not at all. If I was a regular White Owl smoker I could probably endure it. But as attractive and smooth as the wrapper was, it was hot and harsh to the taste. Did not make it past the 1st third of it. Tossed it. Maybe some age on it might smooth it out. But again, not an enjoyable smoking experience.

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0 # Felow SophisticateDave Williams 2012-12-30 08:30
Had my first one of these in the Toro size last night. Complex, excellent, just the right amount of spice. Heavy in the hand, good burn, plenty of smoke. Ash maybe wasn't quite as dense on my example as it was on the reviewer's cigar, but that's all I can find to complain about.
Two thumbs up from this Philistine's unrefined palate.

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