|Shapes||Corona, Lonsdale, Rothschild, Short Robusto|
It's hard to recreate the smash success of AJ Fernandez Last Call Habano, but that didn't stop him from trying, and, frankly, around the office, we have a hard time declaring a winner between the original and AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro.
Fundamentally, this is the same cigar as Last Call Habano. The only difference is the wrapper. This time around, it's a Nicaraguan-grown Broadleaf wrapper, fermented until it's the color of coffee. The Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers are carried over from the original, but with the addition of the wrapper, the profile changes a lot. The wrapper is folded over the foot of the cigar, giving you a burst of rich flavor on first light. There are notes of espresso and cocoa along with touches of black pepper and a deep sweetness. It was developed by AJ for himself as the last cigar of the day, and after having one toward the evening with an adult beverage, I can say that this is one heckuva way to unwind.