Tomorrow on The Cigar Authority we will be smoking Last Call and some of you have asked me to put up a review of the cigar we are going to smoke. This won’t be the size, but I opted for this one since my time was a little short. It’s going to be a crazy busy day for me tomorrow as it’s the grand opening of Studio 21 Podcast Cafe. Which is more then a coffee shop, its home base for the United Podcast Network which will have a bunch of shows that you can find out about on their website.
Cigar Review: Last Call by AJ Fernandez
Wrapper: Ecuador Rosado Habano
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: The boxes the Last Call Habano comes in looks like the finish of a high-end humidor. The box is branded in gold foil with AJ Fernandez, the size, and the line name. It’s really one of the nicer boxes I’ve seen in the small slide top box format. Inside the cigars are san cello, and the rosado Habano wrapper is flawless with a nice amount of oils. The foot of the cigar is closed, and the band of red and beige still reminds me of Cheers for some reason.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar is loaded with cedar, and a subtle sweetness while the aroma off the foot of the cigar has an aroma that reminds me of the candy whoppers. With he closed foot of the cigar I light the cigar while it is in my mouth pulling the flame toward the cigar via a draw to get a taste of the wrapper and the first not that hits me is salted peanuts.
As the wrapper burns through and the filler is added to the smoke a cedar component develops with a touch of caramel. On the retrohale the cigar offers a bunch of pepper that wakes up the nostrils. Just before we reach the half way point the sweetness of the cigar begins to shine as a mocha caramel note becomes the dominant profile. The retrohale remains a pepper bomb.
Moving in the second half of the cigar the sweetness slowly begins to fade away as some leather joins the mix where it is joined by cedar that is especially noticeable on the short finish of the Last Call. The retrohale remains unchanged as it is still a pepper bomb that has caused me to sneeze a few times.
The Finish: The Last Call is an option for those cold winter nights when your walking the dog as their small Last Call cigars are excellent for the price.. It’s not an overly complex cigar, but it is extremely balanced.
Price: $4.69 / $99.99