Cigar Review – A. J. Fernandez Bellas Artes Robusto

A. J. Fernandez Bellas Artes Robusto
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If the name A. J. Fernandez doesn’t ring a bell, it might be because up until quite recently this brand was not available in Britain.
Sadly the Bellas Artes are not yet available in the UK. I was lucky enough to be given a few sticks as a gift whilst abroad.
Construction 
The cigar has a solid, premium construction with a luxury feel to them. A. J. Fernandez went to great lengths to create a truly special cigar. The wrapper is a hybrid leaf made up of three different types of tobacco seed. These cigars show a silky and shining wrapper, very pleasant to the eye.
The Bellas Artes Robusto Experience
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Using a sharp guillotine I cut the cigar and used a soft-flame, butane lighter to ignite it. I normally use jet flame lighters so it took me a bit longer than usual to get it going. My first impression was: ‘wow, this cigar is really smooth’. The first third was delightful, smooth and nutty with a persistent dry palate. Reminded me of burning cedar spills.
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The second third was as smooth on the palate as the first. Sweet roasted cereal notes, roasted hazelnuts and more of that woody/tannic element. It was a cigar with a medium palate from start to finish really.
The final third showed more robust and darker notes. I found notes of over-roasted coffee beans and an earthy touch, like of  wet forest land in autumn. A whiff of damp and old logs burning announced that the cigar was nearing its end.
Notes
If you are looking for a special and reliable cigar the A. J. Fernandez Bellas Artes Robusto is a cigar that will deliver. Take your time and enjoy it with a light and delicate whisky if you can.

 

Daniel Santiago is the owner of Jeffrey St Whisky and Tobacco in Edinburgh and writes cigar reviews exclusively for AmateurDrammer.com

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