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Man O War

February 23, 2013

Man O War [torpedo]

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 6 x 54

June 24, 2010. That’s a hell-of-a long absence  They say however, that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I can only hope that is true. While I’d attempt an apology or an explanation at best; I’d much rather jump right in and offer a review of what proved to be a mighty fine cigar.

If truth be told, I have wanted to sample a Man O War for quite some time, but for whatever reason had never pulled the trigger and purchased one; until recently. I suppose if you’re going to come out of review hibernation, the Man O War by AJ Fernandez is the cigar to do so with.

The Man O War is quite an impressive cigar with a firm, oily wrapper, laced with mild, yet distinct veins running throughout. The cigar sits firm in the hand, enticing you with a rich caramel pre-light aroma.

A single clip from my trusted Palio cutter was all it took to begin my adventure with the Man O War. Drawing effortlessly, and producing thin plums of smoke, the MOW greeted me with crisp pepper notes that danced toward the back of my throat. These notes lingered for about the first 20 or so minutes; about an inch to an inch and a half in; then faded away, giving way to a refined mix of aged leather and pure tobacco. Toward the end of the cigar; about the final third, the pepper notes returned, albeit more subdued and brought with them a hint of mild sugar. I found the finish to be quite enjoyable, making for a cigar that while not overly strong or complex, did in fact maintain a flavor consistency throughout that was much to be enjoyed.

The long leaf filler of the MOW made for quite the impressive ash; holding firm throughout the duration of the smoke. It refused to give way its first break until nearly the mid point of the cigar. If memory serves, it only broke its ash three times, before being laid to rest.

With a cool, slow burn, I was able to enjoy the fullness of the MOW for just over an hour and a half, paying close attention to not allow the cigar to extinguish itself from negligence.

It’s a wonder to me now, why I’ve waited so long to sample a MOW offering, but this I know, it won’t be nearly as long before I sample yet again. The Man O War is certainly a fine cigar that is perfect for most every cigar lover. Believe me when I say that you won’t regret forking over the $6-$8 (give or take) to enjoy one of these cigars. I think you’ll find that it’s money well spent.

Appearance: 2.25 (3)
Construction 3 (3)
Taste 3.5 (4)

Total score 8.75 (10)

Happy Smoking,
~R. Harrison Malone

Man O War

One Comment leave one →
  1. A. Michael Ashland permalink
    February 25, 2013 9:04 AM

    8.75/10 on the first one back. Welcome home!

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