Same Face New Size

This Nicaraguan puro is a close to flawless looking stick, with visible veins on the back. I’ve previously reviewed the Gordo size of this cigar, check it out here AJ Fernandez Dias De Gloria Gordo . Maker AJ Fernandez says “These are the four oldest farms I own and I’ve been setting aside tobacco from each farm and aging it for years for this blend” when speaking about the rare tobaccos used in this blend. Sounds delicious, let’s check it out!


  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 6.5″ x 48

The Pre Light

This oily Nicaraguan puro is wrapped in a beautiful wrapper.  Its aroma is subtle cedar and could be from the cedar packing sleeve.  The foot smells of tobacco, again very light in intensity.  The cold draw yields flavors of cedar, sweetness, and deep earth.

First Third

Right out of the gate, this vitola yields that same sweet cedar found in the cold draw. Upon retro-hale, you are greeted by strong black pepper notes. Currently its a light to medium body.

After 10-15 draws she really opens up. Flavors have developed into a strong nuttiness along with the cedar, with a long black pepper finish. I’m reminded of the smell of fresh-baked bread in the retro-hale. Also like to point on the bright white ash, confirming well-fermented tobaccos as stated by AJ.

Second Third

 The same flavors are present adding a red pepper spiciness. After retro-hale, I’m getting a mix of creaminess and that same nuttiness from the first third, just more intense now.  As I get the to the halfway point of the stick, the flavors start to intensify. Its a medium to full at this point. I really enjoy the complexity of the cigar thus far.

Final Third

As we approach the end, coffee flavor is starting to appear on draw flavors. The cigar comes alive at the last 2”. It seems once you removed the band she really finishes strong! Very rich flavor with a long finish. The nub is my favorite part of this cigar, like coffee and cocoa flavors after dinner. A great dessert stick!


The cigar checks all the boxes: perfect construction and performance with great flavor. I was expecting a bit more of a transition in the end of the cigar but nonetheless enjoyed the entire stick. I also like to point out the awesome artwork on the bands. It’s like icing on the cake.

Buy It Again?

Yes. I’ve purchased a box of Gordos and was impressed.  The same attention to detail is shown in all sizes, and I would recommend a box purchase as a great investment.

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