Review: A.J Fernandez – Pinolero Toro

One of the best blenders of today is, in my opinion, A.J. Fernandez. Known for his San Lotano, Man ‘O War, Diesel and many others, A.J. recently released the “Pinolero” at a decent price point.

The Pinolero is constructed in his Esteli, Nicaragua plant and has a proprietary aged Nicaraguan long-filler core bound together with more Nicaraguan goodness and wrapped with a beautiful sun-grown Nicaraguan leaf. Blended for the experienced smoker, this cigar is medium-full flavored with a very balanced finish.

The initial aroma is earthy and woody. Upon the first light the draw is perfect and fills the senses with toasted nutty aromas and subtle spices. I prefer something that tickles my nose from start to finish and this does not disappoint. A generous amount of slightly peppery smoke envelopes the palate and a gentle exhale through the nose almost puts one in heaven.

The burn is straight and true, the construction is just short of perfect. If you’re like me, you like a lot of smoke and once again you will not be let down by this beauty. While not a complex mix of flavors, the result is a very satisfying, enjoyable cigar that provides a hint of leather as it burns down.

This delicious bundle of joy will take a very deserving place in anyone’s humidor and for the umpteenth time, A.J. scored big in my mind.