Cigar Review: Bellas Artes

Basic Information: Bellas Artes

Manufacturer – AJ Fernandez Cigars

Size – Toro Box Pressed

Wrapper – Hybrid Rojita

Tobacco Blend – Quilali, Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil

Pricing – $8.30

Body –  Medium +

Construction/Appearance:

This cigar is a light to medium brown color and silky smooth to the touch. It is box pressed with minimal veins and tight, yet visible seams.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Smoky wood and Barnyard

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Cedar and Nuts

After Toast:

First Third – This one starts off with cream and white pepper. Creamy vanilla and nutty flavors enter as the cigar settles in pushing the white pepper to the finish. A citrusy zest enters the mix towards the end of the third. Between the white pepper and citrus, it lingers forever between puffs. Beautiful finish to this third. Burn is slightly wavy and the ash holds up.

Second Third – This third is all cream and baking spice through the transition. The citrus sits on the finish with a slight reminisce of white pepper. The burn sharpens up and ash falls right at the beginning of the third.

Final Third – The creamy nutty flavors mixed with baking spice and a lightly oiled leather component begin the final third. Towards the end, that zesty citrus comes back to finish the smoke. The burn remains sharp.

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Angels Envy

Wine – Bordeaux Blanc

Overall Experience:

I thought the Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez was a magnificent smoking experience. The flavor profile with all the cream notes makes you think its going to be a mild to medium stick, but then the white pepper, spice, nuts and leather really start hammering the palate to turn up the strength. The citrus note mixed in gives this smoke a refreshing feel, which makes this great in my opinion. I am a fan of most of the AJ Fernandez smokes out there and this one did not disappoint.

Ratings:

N/A

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Bellas Artes