Not having as good a front-and-center spot as they did last year, AJ Fernandez still had a very visible and accessible booth along the side. The booth itself hasn’t changed from the previous year’s design, which as far as I’m concerned, is fine because it has a classy, open look to it.

A J Fernandez Booth

A.J. Fernandez brought a lot of releases, which is interesting considering that the company already had a pretty massive year with the opening of its new Nicaraguan factory.

El Mayimbe 1

El Mayimbe 2

El Mayimbe 3

El Mayimbe
As we wrote about just before the show, the newest line for A.J. Fernandez is the El Mayimbe cigar. The wrapper is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Select, with an AJF Nicaraguan binder and filler that is made up of Nicaraguan, Honduran Jamastran and AJF Privativo tobaccos. With the company’s goal of 25,000 cigars released in each size, they are shooting for 10,000 total boxes of 10 cigars between all four sizes. The sizes will be a Robusto (5 x 56), a Toro (6 x 56), a Churchill (7 x 56) and a Torpedo (5 x 56).

Pinolero Habano 1

Pinolero Habano 2

Pinolero Habano
The original Pinolero is now known as the Pinolero Habano and presented in blue boxes.

Pinolero Maduro

Pinolero Maduro 2

Pinolero Maduro
The Pinolero line is also getting a Maduro wrapper line extension as well. It will be available in all the same sizes that the previous Pinolero Habano line had.

San Lotano Oval

San Lotano Oval Connecticut

San Lotano Oval Connecticut
This year the Oval line is getting a Connecticut wrapper added to the Habano 2000 and Maduro lineup. It will be offered in the same six sizes as the regular Oval.

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.