AJ Fernandez has made quite the name for himself in the past few years. He got his start in the industry by making small, private labels for various cigar retailers. He gained enough recognition and respect in this endeavor to begin to create his own line of cigars. Following several high profile releases and many best of the year awards, AJ became the most in demand blender in Nicaragua. This evolved into his work on several massive releases with both Altadis USA and General Cigar. However, I first fell in love with AJs work during his early years, when he was just beginning to attach his name onto his own lines. While the New World and Bellas Artes are phenomenal cigars, it was the San Lotano, the first big personal release from AJ that made him a star.

 San Lotano has a deep meaning to AJ and his family. It was apparently the name of his families line of Cuban cigars, made years before the reign of Fidel Castro. Inspired by his families history, AJ put his heart and soul into making this one of the best Nicaraguan cigars at the time. The San Lotano Oval, a unique rounded box press, was named to the Top 25 Cigars of the year back in 2012. With new additions being added over time, including the Bull, San Lotano cemented AJ has one of the finest blenders of our generation.

 Sadly, all good things must come to an end. With his massive increase in collaborations with major companies and the increased demand for the New World and other cigars, AJ decided it was time to put his time and efforts elsewhere. The San Lotano Oval line, the cigar that put his name on the map, has been discontinued. While other San Lotanos are still available, the Oval was among our favorites and it is sad to see it go. However, AJ is more prolific now then ever and you can enjoy the full line of cigars from AJ Fernandez right here at Seriouscigars.com


POSTED ON Oct 01, 2018

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