Casa Fernández Miami 35th Aniversario (Bohème No. 35)
Size: 6 x 54, Toro
Factory: Casa Fernández Miami
In 2002, Casa Fernández, owned by Eduardo Fernandez, purchased Tropical Tobacco, owned by Pedro Martin, which was founded in 1978. Doing the math, you’ll realize that was 35 years ago. As is quite common in the cigar industry, Casa Fernández decided to celebrate its “coral” anniversary with a limited edition cigar, the Casa Fernánez Miami 35th Aniversario, also known as the Bohème No. 35.
To make this cigar, Casa Fernández, which also operates a tobacco growing operation under the name Aganorsa Tobacco, dug into its stores of aged tobaccos and pulled out a blend of 5-6 year old Nicaraguan tobaccos. Casa Fernández has operated on its “Seeds to Ash” motto for some time now, which has helped the company maintain vertical integration in its cigar production. While there are many good cigars out there which are blended and rolled by a company separate than the tobacco grower, it never hurts to have oversight over all points of the cigar’s manufacturing. Accordingly, it would have no doubt been difficult for a cigar company celebrating its 35th anniversary to have access to 5-6 year aged tobaccos if they didn't grow, age and store those tobaccos themselves.
Casa Fernández decided on a single size for the release, a box-pressed 6 x 54 Toro, which have been packed in 10-count boxes. Each box is signed by Eduardo Fernandez and Paul Palmer, General Manager of Casa Fernández. These cigars are rolled at Casa Fernández’s Miami factory.
The Casa Fernandez 35th Aniversario’s wrapper is a consistent tanned leather color, which has a silky texture. The cigar’s box pressing isn’t sharp, as there are still rounded edges. There is just a slight bit of oil on the wrapper. The cigar feels firm when squeezed and carries an evenly placed cap.
The cigar provided very mild smells with no trace of ammonia or youth. There were aromas of earth and sweet cocoa with fruit rind coming from the foot. The cold draw was one of the most unique I’ve ever tasted. There was what I can only describe as a watermelon candy taste which was accompanied by some earth and just the hint of cayenne spice.
The cigar started fairly mild with some cayenne spice upfront and a very easy draw despite the cigars firmness. There was some earth upfront too with some light nuttiness. Once the cigar got going, saltiness developed on top of some dried fruit, a pleasant toasted aftertaste and a cinnamon spice that stuck around.
The strength builds some in the middle of the cigar moving above medium-bodied. The spice was still around, but it was a different spice than what is normally found in Nicaraguan cigars. There was no bite to the spice. The cigar picked up plenty of sweetness, which wasn’t like watermelon candy, but was somewhat candied neverthless. The cigar had copious smoke production.
Towards the end of the middle and the beginning of the final third of the 35th Aniversario, the cigar started to evolve a bit, picking up flavors of chocolate, coffee and sweet cedar and dumping a bit of the mild spice. These flavors combined with the previous flavors to produce a toffee note. There was a pleasant tartness on the tip of the tongue as well with a toasted note. At the end of the cigar, which wasn't at all harsh, there were hints of mint and tea and a really easy finish. The cigar finished with a latte note lingering on the palate.
There is a certain profile we’ve come to expect from Nicaraguan puros, and this cigar was quite different from that profile. For instance, there wasn’t an overload of leather, earth and spice. Instead the cigar runs through a range of interesting flavors, producing one of the more unique cigars I’ve tasted in a while. It might be redundant to point out that this is probably due to the age of the tobaccos used throughout the blend. Many of the Nicaraguan cigars being produced today carry a much stronger and younger profile that the market seems to be asking for. This cigar, even with only several months since its rolling, is already showing great aged characteristics and a refinement that is tough to find on "new" cigars. With a medium-bodied strength, this cigar stands apart from much of the competition.
Estimated smoking time: 1 and 1/2 hours
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