June 05, 2016

Last Call by A. J. Fernandez (4 1/2 x 48)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
A.J. Fernandez has released the first cigar in a line called the Portfolio Series called Last Call. The Portfolio Series will be a series of personal and experimental blends that Master Blender A.J. Fernandez has worked on over past years. In the case of the Last Call, this was a cigar that started out as a personal blend for A.J. Fernandez.  Last Call will be released in a one size – a 4 1/2 x 48 vitola called Geniales and will be a brick and mortar exclusive.

According to a report by Cigar Insider, Last Call got its name because it would be the last cigar that Fernandez would give his guests who were at his house watching Monday and Thursday night Football.

Cigar Insider also reported Last Call will be a regular production cigar, but it is possible other sizes might be limited in production.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Select AJ Fernandez Nicaraguan Fillers
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)

Last Call will be available in one size – a 4 1/2 x 48 cigar called Geniales. The cigars are packaged in 25 count boxes. Retail price point: $5 per cigar.

The cigar is well made and a dark brown. It features an unfinished foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was perfect. The initial flavors were brown sugar, white chocolate/caramel mix, coffee, and black pepper rated at an 8. The finish is a caramel/cream mix with a decent amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

A little over an inch in the ash is almost completely white! The flavors are brown sugar, caramel, and thick molasses notes with some coffee at the base. The finish is about the same but there is some dry wood now. The pepper remains pretty good. The cigar is still medium bodied.

A little past the midpoint the caramel notes are still there and now there are dry cedar notes. I commented in the last segment that there was dry wood on the finish. There is also brown sugar with the caramel. The finish is about the same. The cigar is still medium bodied leaning toward medium to full. The thick molasses notes are pretty much gone.

The cigar ended much like it was in the last segment. The dry cedar had a lot of influence on the front end. It detracted from the caramel which is normally a rich flavor. The pepper remained good. The finish ended up with more of the caramel and cream. The dry wood was subtle. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied and took until late in the cigar to get there. These have a great price point so pick up a handful and enjoy them! Good, quick cigar.

Score: 91

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