This week's review is of the Casa Fernandez Miami. This is a Nicaraguan Puro and is made in Miami (no surprise there since its called the Miami...). I am smoking the 6 1/4 x 52 Torpedo. These are double banded with the second band at the foot of the cigar. Here is a little info I pulled off of the Casa Fernendez website about this cigar:
"Miami Is a 100% Nicaraguan puro utilizing a variety of Authentic Cuban seeds and 'AA' Tobacco leaf from Aganorsa. The cigar's blend is comprised of Medio Tiempo Maduro, Ligero, and Viso from specific Aganorsa Tobacco farms in Jalapa Valley, Condega Valley, and Esteli in Nicaragua."
The CF Miami is a slightly rustic looking cigar with some veins present along the oily wrapper. This isn't the prettiest cigar you have ever seen but it looks to be rolled well. The aroma at the foot is woody and of great Nicaraguan tobacco. Once cut the draw is fairly open with flavors of hay and an almost olive oil flavor. Once lit this Miami starts out with a lot of sweet cedar, some spice on the tip of my tongue and in my sinuses, and a slightly vegetal character. The vegetal character didn't stick around long, and wasn't that unpleasant young or green tobacco taste thankfully. The burn started off a little wavy through the first inch but seems to be evening itself out without having to be touched up. There is an almost syrupy quality to the smoke, its sweet but not cloyingly sweet. The sweet, woody flavor is very prominent (which I don't normally care for but its working with this cigar) with some leather creeping in around the edges. The ash held through the entire first third.
The spice isn't really that apparent on the palate anymore, but its definitely still there on the retrohale! At the halfway point some nuttyness has joined the dominant woody flavor. The burn needed a slight touch up at this point. I wouldn't call this a complex cigar but so far the flavors present are nice and keep your attention. The ash held really strong for the first part of the cigar but now it is falling off every quarter inch or so. The cigar has also started to get fairly soft and squishy in the last third but the flavor profile has remained consistent. The strength is in the medium to full range at the end.
Overall the Casa Fernandez Miami was a solid cigar. It was definitely different than the other CF's ive smoked previously. If I had to guess I bet the woody profile comes from the Jalapa tobacco in the blend. This is one of the few cigars with that heavy woody flavor that I actually enjoyed. I didn't love how soft and squishy the cigar got in the last third but other than that it was an nice, straitforward cigar. This size sells for between $7-8 a piece. To be perfectly honest though, if I am going to smoke a Casa Fernandez I will still probably go with the Aganorsa leaf.