It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review a new offering from one of my favorite manufacturers. The Enclave by AJ Fernandez features an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper securing a Cameroon binder and all Nicaraguan long-fillers including some Piloto Cubano tobacco. The size of choice for this review is the Figurado – a 6.5×52 stick that looks to be expertly rolled.
Pre-light, the wrapper gives off a bold tobacco and barnyard aroma. There is a grassy tobacco aroma coming out of the foot. The cold draw gives me spicy leather with some earth. Once lit, I pickup a sweet leather with a hint of cocoa and some black pepper spice on the finish. There is some salty cedar through the nose, and the aroma of the smoke is fantastic.
After half an hour, I finish the first third. The draw gives me sweet cedar with a mix of red pepper and leather. Through the nose, I find more cedar with a peanut note and some wheat. The finish is long with a blast of black pepper spice alongside some toast and rich earth. There is a wonderful underlying sweetness to this cigar I attribute to the Cameroon binder. The strength of the cigar is at the medium mark, but the body is very full.
One hour in, the second third closes out. The draw treats me to mild coffee with a roasted corn flavor and some sweet caramel. On the retro-hale, there is a big floral note with grass and some more cedar. The finish continues to be long with some pretzel on top of more black pepper and a very nutty earth note. Strength and body are both at the full mark now.
The final third ends at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up smoky cedar with a wonderful sweet vanilla and some black pepper. Through the nose, there is a mix of leather, spicy red pepper, and more grass. The finish is fantastic and long with a very oily and floral earth alongside more pretzel flavor and a creamy oat. The body of the cigar finishes out at the full mark, but the strength settled down to a nice medium-to-full.
The Enclave is another AJ Fernandez masterpiece. It delivers tons of flavor and complexity at a fraction of the cost of other stick of this caliber. I can easily see this becoming a favorite of many, and it will absolutely be a contender in my top 10 of the year. At $6-7 per stick, this is a box-worthy cigar, and I highly recommend it.