The Fernando Leon Family Reserve Cigar Review & InformationThe Fernando Leon Family Reserve cigar was one of four sticks debuted at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, and it has remained popular since. The smoke is named after Guillermo Leon’s father, the former top guy at La Aurora Cigars. According to the brand, the stick is the personal blend of Guillermo’s father that he would roll up and present to those he was close to. Now, the clan’s personal blend is available to aficionados everywhere, and it doesn’t disappoint.

The stick is rolled with a Corojo wrapper from the Dominican, and bound with the same plant. The fillers are from the Dominican, Brazil, and Peru. It is available in five formats, including Robusto (5 x 50), Corona (5 1/2 x 42), Corona Gorda (6 x 47), Gran Toro (6 x 58) and Belicoso (6 1/2 x 52). It is medium brown in color and has a number of visible veins, along with some tooth and a touch of oil. The band is a classy red, white and gold, and shows the name of the blend in cursive and the company’s shield icon. According to reviewers, the cold draw consists of some cedar and wood notes, and the cedar takes on both a sweet and spicy taste.

The first third of the Fernando Leon Family Reserve cigar brings these same flavors to the fore, with the cedar playing the lead part. The wood remains in the background, along with a black pepper note that is most apparent on the retrohale. Wood and some earth flavors share the background with the pepper and give the smoke some more body. Eventually, the cedar and black pepper settle into a nice sweet and savory one-two punch, with the sweet cedar strong on the draw and the pepper strong on the retrohale. 

In the middle third of the stick, the biggest shift includes the cedar, which quickly transitions into something akin to grapefruit, though it retains the sweetness. Spice and wood also become more apparent, though they remain in the background. The black pepper remains bold on the retrohale, as well, and keeps up the sweet and savory mix during this part of the stick. 

During the last third of the Fernando Leon Family Reserve cigar, the wood notes become the strongest flavor, while the grapefruit and pepper hang out in the background. In this part of the stick, the grapefruit loses some of the sweetness and produces some tart flavors that are akin to grapefruit. Near the end, the pepper ramps up in strength a touch, offering a little heat to send the smoker off with. 

The Leon family knows how to roll a fine stick and that comes through with this blend. The burn does require the occasional touch up, but it’s nothing serious. The draw is perfect, and the stogie puts out a lot of aromatic smoke that makes for a pleasant time. Reviewers agreed that it was around a medium in strength, though the flavors play up a little higher. In summary, the stick is worthy to carry the Fernando name.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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