Today I’m reviewing the Man O War Armada by A.J. Fernandez. This is another cigar in the Man O War line that is an CI exclusive. It’s has a limited ligero Ecudorian Sumatra Maduro wrapper with a ligero filler from Esteli and Ometepe. It has a viso Jalapa binder. Let’s see what I think of the Man O War Armada.
Wrapper-ligero Ecudorian Sumatra Maduro
Pre Light- Hints of a barnyard off the wrapper with a pepper note on the foot. The cigar is constructed beautifully and is very dark and oily. The cold draw is perfect and you are hit with a strong pepper note.
1St Third- Ok immediately you get hit with this strong black pepper note, right away you can notice the strength of this cigar. I’m also picking up a nice cocoa note on the retrohale as well as a leather note in the background. Burn is going great and the ash is a dark gray color holding on about 1 inch.
Midway- Know the pepper has subsided but remains there not as noticeable as first third. I’m picking up a sweet spicy note along with a nice mild wood note. The leather has left and the cocoa as well. the sweet spicy note is mild thru the nose. This cigar is still strong but to me not as over powering as say the (Air Bender or Quesado Tributo) but you know you are smoking a fuller body cigar. The strength really doesnt take away from the flavors which is awesome. I did have to touch up the cigar a few times but it was very minor.
Final Third- Well nothing has really changed from thew midway point still getting that nice sweet spicy notes and the wood notes as well. I have to say this is a full body stick but like I said earlier there are stronger smokes out there. Burn didn’t need anymore attention and the ash was great.
Conclusion- This is a really damn good stick full body and strength not over powering were you will miss the flavors. I still have to admit the Ruination remains my favorite but the only down site to this cigar I have to say is the price and I believe it has to do with the special wrapper. So if you haven’t tried this cigar go out and get your hands on this stick and remember Enjoy Your Smokes.