Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Miami (Toro)

Casa Fernandez

I know I have mentioned it in past reviews, but Casa Fernandez is moving their location of production. It is not often that you see manufacturers move their production facility, but Casa Fernandez is, and they are moving it to the great City of Miami! Casa Fernandez has been making great cigars in Nicaragua and Honduras for some time, but they are slowly moving production to Miami, Florida. Their core line, Casa Fernandez, has been made in Nicaragua while their Aganorsa Leaf and Arsenio  lines have been made in Honduras at their Raices Cubanas Cigar Factory. I am very excited about this move, and I am hoping that once they get a great factory in Miami going you will begin to see great cigars from other cigar companies who work with Casa Fernandez. I have heard that the production of the Arsenio and Aganorsa Leaf cigars will be moving to Miami eventually, but right now they are only moving the Casa Fernandez line. …

Because of the move, the company decided to change the name of the cigar, and it is now Casa Fernandez Miami instead of the original Casa Fernandez. The blend is identical to what it was before, but it is now made in Miami instead of Nicaragua. I am not sure if they stopped production of the lancero and salomon vitolas, but if they did, I believe they made up for them with the addition of the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva. I for one love that their cigars will be made in Miami, and I imagine that production will be as good as it was before, and possibly better. With the production moving of this line, I do wonder about the other lines of theirs that are made at the infamous Raices Cubanas Factory. I hope that the cigars still made in Honduras will be as good as they are now if they do to Miami, but I know that Casa Fernandez won’t do anything to jeopardize their strict quality control.

The Casa Fernandez line is a Nicaraguan puro, and is made from all Aganorsa AA Tobacco. It is composed of tobacco from the three main regions in Nicaragua, Condega, Esteli and Jalapa, and it is a mixture of Cuban-Seed Corojo and Criollo tobacco. I chose the toro vitola, and it measures 6 1/2″ with a 52 ring gauge. Like all of their cigars, there is a beautiful triple cap present, and the color of the cigar is milk chocolate with a reddish hue (Colorado, Rosado).  The wrapper is somewhat rough in hand, but I can feel all the oils from the wrapper leaf with that. There are few veins present in the cigar, and the aroma is of wood, spice, leather and hay.

Miami Toro

The first third of the cigar begins like most Casa Fernandez cigars being very complex. It is medium-full in body, but very balanced. I pick up a hint of pepper with the spice notes, and it is accompanied by flavors of oak, leather, coffee and walnuts. The cigar is burning perfectly and the ash is a nice charcoal gray color. The cigar really reminds me of combinations of the Cuban H. Upmann, Partagas and Cohiba lines. When I get into the second third of the cigar the spice has lessened some and along with the oak and leather notes I begin to pick up some earthy notes, almost barnyard like with the bits of grass and hay. It is not a rich earth taste, or a taste that is sweet, but I can definitely get that earthy flavor to it. As I come to the final third of the cigar I begin to get a lot of those hay and grass notes with bits of wood and coffee as well. I feel as if the strength has died down some in the cigar from the beginning, and it is more along the medium body line. There is a very light spice with the cigar, and it is not very peppery. The cigar burned perfectly throughout the last two thirds of the cigar, and I only had to relight it twice throughout the smoke. The ash remained the same color of charcoal gray, and I put it down with what is left of a nub.

Once again Casa Fernandez has made a great cigar, and one that is very complex. Like all of their cigars I have had the construction was outstanding, and the flavors were magnificent. This was a cigar that really reminded me of a lot of Cuban cigars on the market, and outside of Cuba the closest cigar to compare this with is the E.P. Carrillo Core Line. I thought the cigars shared a lot of those same qualities, and though the flavors differ some they both have that “traditional” since to them. It’s odd when I say traditional, because some might wonder what I am saying when I say that. It is like saying a maduro cigar has that traditional maduro flavor. I have had so many maduro cigars in my smoking life, and each of them fairly different, so which one is that traditional maduro flavor? Back to this cigar through. The cigar didn’t really show a sweet or spicy side to it, and was rather more neutral. I should clarify myself by saying that neutral is not bad, and at no point was the cigar dull, it was very flavorful. It is definitely a cigar that some will enjoy and others not, and I am on the enjoyment side. I do prefer the Reserva Line over the main Miami line, but it was still a very nice cigar. I give this cigar a 90, and consider it a great afternoon smoke. It isn’t light enough to be a morning smoke, but at the same time it is not a cigar that you would have after a big meal or with a powerful red. This is a great everyday cigar that is complex and a good “in-between cigar” between something mild and full. Enjoy!

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