|Shapes||Belicoso, Churchill, Corona, Gordo, Perfecto, Presidente, Robusto, Salomon, Toro|
The problem with writing about Ave Maria is where to begin. Should I start with the nearly flawless Ecuador Habano wrapper that has a satiny sheen? Maybe I should mention the firm, consistent construction. Certainly the flavor is the highlight, though. Rich, creamy and very complex, it has an undertone of spice that announces its presence without taking the lead. It has a subtle sweetness that ties everything together beautifully. The draw and burn are as good as you'll find, and the artwork of the band and box are incredible. I'll gladly stack Ave Maria against any of the "big brands" any day.