Video review HERE.
This cigar is also made by A. J. Fernandez. It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Although I do not have info on the binder or filler I suspect the filler is Nicaraguan, just as the AF2 has. This cigar is a light brown color, typical of a Connecticut shade wrapper.
This cigar is well made with nice density and appears to be triple capped.
After cutting the cap the test draw was effortless. I am hoping this cigar has more richness than the AF2 and also hope it can maintain it throughout the entire smoke.
The initial flavors at light up were a light sweetness of grapefruit citrus, coffee, light oak notes, nice pepper, which I would put at a 6, and vanilla. Nice start.
About 3/4 inch in the flavors are about like previously described. There is a small amount of sweetness to the grapefruit citrus. Coffee notes, light vanilla notes, and a good amount of pepper. The finish is one of a lightly roasted almond with some sweetness and a little lingering pepper. The cigar is mild to medium at this point.
At the 1 1/2 inch point the flavors have picked up a little. There is a little richness and more sweetness in the grapefruit and vanilla combination. With those you also have some light almond notes which combined give the flavor of a tawny port. The coffee and pepper are still very good. The finish is unchanged.
At the midpoint the tawny port notes did not last. The citrus and light vanilla notes are still there along with the coffee. The light oak notes are also back. The finish has changed a little. It's now a cream with some lingering pepper. The pepper is good on both ends.
With only about 1 1/2 inches left there was another small change. The almond notes have pretty much gone away. You are left with grapefruit citrus, coffee, and a charred oak, which you could almost term an earth flavor. The finish is now a toasted cream with the lingering pepper. My hopes for the richness to prevail have gone away. There is still some light sweetness on the front end grapefruit notes.
The cigar ended up as it did in the last segment. This cigar, much like the AF2, had a lot of sweetness in the midpoint but it lost it shortly thereafter. This cigar is light in body, mild to medium bodied at best. This cigar is a decent cigar but it lost it's sweetness and richness which I did not like.