A.J. Fernandez to Release Mayimbe at IPCPR


A.J. Fernandez has kept his latest cigar under wraps, but on the eve of the 2013 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, he shared details about it in an exclusive with halfwheel.

The A.J. Fernandez Mayimbe is a limited edition cigar coming out of his new Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragaua. The term comes from the Taino Indians of the Quisqueya Island. Simply translated, it means “the Village Chief.” However, in modern day Latino culture the term means a person who everyone loves to be around, and a Mayimbe loves to be around people who are happy, fun and have a true passion for life.


The cigar uses a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Select wrapper with a binder from AJF Nicaragua binder and filler from Nicaragua along with Honduran Jamastran and a leaf called AJF Privativo. It will debut in four sizes, all coming in 10-count boxes:

  • Robusto (5 x 56)
  • Toro (6 x 56)
  • Churchill (7 x 56)
  • Torpedo (5 x 56)

Pricing has not been announced as of yet and is expected to be withheld until the show begins, though a company representative described it as being at “a very fair price point.” Production quantities have also not been disclosed at this time.

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