Made by A.J. Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua the Reposado displays a rich caramel-colored wrapper leaf that exhibits a hint of spice on the nose. The dark swirl in the filler previews a more-full bodied smoke than other Castro Brothers cigars.
The expected spice is at the forefront during the initial puffs, but it quickly retreats to allow flavors of coffee and cocoa to emerge through the first half of the smoke. The smoke remains medium to full bodied throughout, and flavor is well balanced and never overpowering.
The burn is consistent, and the ash is firm and bright white, an indication of superior construction. Such exceptional construction and consistency shouldn’t be a surprise to those familiar with Fernandez’s other creations such as the San Lotano, one of my personal favorites.
The richness of the flavor continues throughout the remainder of the smoke, though as final two inches are reached, more potent flavors emerge, which may be too overpowering for some.
The Reposado delivers a flavor and consistency to match more well-known smokes. Give one a try if you’re a fan of A.J. Fernandez, enjoy some of Rocky Patel’s medium bodied offerings, or even if you like some of the more full-bodied sticks from Fuente.