Maestro Del Tiempo comes to us from Warped Cigars and it features 100% Aganorsa tobacco. What is Aganorsa tobacco? It is tobacco grown by Eduardo Fernandez in Nicaragua. Eduardo Fernandez is not to be confused with AJ Fernandez as they are two different people. Each year Eduardo Fernandez’s Aganorsa plants over 1,000 acres of tobacco, which is enough to make millions of cigars.
Eduardo Fernandez worked with Jose Pepin Garcia of My Father Cigars where the two opened up cigar factories here in the states as well as Central America. and in 2010 they two split with an ugly lawsuit. Companies to work with Eduardo Fernandez include Drew Estate, Illusione, and of course, Warped Cigars which brings us to today’s review.
Cigar: Maestro Del Tiempo
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo 99′
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99′ & Criollo 98
Ring Gauge: 52
Size: Petit Robusto (5712)
The Look: The Maestro Del Tiempo, which translates to Master of Time comes packaged in a cabinet style cedar box with 25 cigars. Inside, the cigars wrapped in cello feature a purple and gold band with a thin white font denoting the brand name. The beauty of the cigar isn’t realized until you slide it from the cello. The wrapper has a brindle effect to it, with a few shades of brown and is loaded with oils. It’s meticulously rolled and firm to the touch with a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw always brings to the table some weird flavors for me, and the 5712 is no different as I get a taste that reminds of me Animal Crackers, from my youth when they were made with animal fat before the nation got on a health kick and things were switched to vegetable fat. There is also some subtle grape notes and a hit of red pepper. The aroma off the foot of the cigar is is woody with hints of notes pulled from the cold draw.
Once the cigar is lit there is an initial burst of pepper that quickly subsides and once it does the cigar becomes a master of the palate. There is a subtle sweetness with hints of figs and molasses. The cigar is rounded out with hints of cedar and a slightly citrus note that is intensified on the aroma of the cigar. On the retrohale some pepper notes are present.
The second half of the Petit Robusto sees this become extremely smooth with some creaminess. The aroma of the cigar is amazing while the notes continue to offer up a sweetness of molasses along with some elements of cedar, earth and nuttiness on the moderate finish. The retrohale has some floral notes with continued pepper.
The last third sees the earthy components become the dominant note though there is still some molasses mixed in as well as some subtle cedar. The aroma of the cigar remains slightly floral and the finish moderate in length.
The Finish: If asked to sum this review up on one word, that word would be balanced. But what fun is a review of one word answers. The Maestro Del Valle is as smooth and balanced as they come with rich robust notes that get your attention. It’s a medium strength cigar, that is full in body and one of the better cigars I have smoked this year.
Price: $9.79 / $216.99