Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

User Rating: / 4

a.j. fernandeza.j. fernandez pinolero robusto
alec bradleyalec bradley connecticut toro


The band on the Pinolero Robusto is beautiful.  It features the Pinolero name and A.J. Fernandez label around a colorful depiction of what appear to be local women working.  The chocolate brown wrapper is oily and sports a few medium-sized veins. There’s also a nice little pigtail cap.  The cigar feels firm to the touch and seems to be perfectly constructed.  Before lighting I detect an earthy scent, while the flavor is spicy.

The burn of the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero is about as good as I could have hoped for.  The cigar has a great draw and produces a ton of pleasant smoke.  The burn remains even throughout and requires no help from my lighter.  The solid gray ash holds firmly too.

If I had to say one thing about the Pinolero’s flavor, it would be that it is very complex.  The first third offers a flavorful blend of spice, earth, wood, and chocolate.  The spice and wood continue into the second third and blend with leather.  The cigar also becomes very creamy at this point.  The final third ends the ride with spice, earth, and sweetness.  I’d call the Pinolero medium-bodied in terms of its strength profile.

I must say that I was highly impressed by the A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Robusto.  The cigar had a ton of flavor and kept me intrigued from beginning to end.  Pick one up if you like flavorful Nicaraguan cigars.  A single costs around $8, but I suggest picking up a five pack or a box of 20.

The A.J. Fernandez Pinolero Toro earns a rating of four out of four stars.








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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