Cigar of the Week

Cigar of the Week: Man O’ War toro

Man O' War toro cigar

Brand: Man O’ War
Line: Man O’ War
Vitola: Toro (6.5 x 52)
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Body: Medium-to-full
Strength: Medium
Box Price: $128 (Box of 22)

Several Web retailers have been giving the Man O’ War cigar a bit of a push lately. Perhaps it’s justified, as it’s made by A.J. Fernandez, an up-and-comer in the cigar biz and maker of the Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, ITC 10th Anniversary, Padilla Habano and Rocky Patel Fusion cigars.

We at CigarJack like to keep up with the latest trends, and after smoking the Man O’ War, it seems that Fernandez may have snatched the “hot cigar maker” mantle from Don “Pepin” Garcia. Just maybe.

Anyway, the Man O’ War cigar has a slightly oily, slightly veiny wrapper, along with firm construction and a prelight scent of mocha.

Once lit, I found that the cigar drew well and burned an even column of dark gray ash. In fact, the ash was so solid that it stayed on after I shook the stick violently — and I did this several times.

The Man O’ War started out spicy, and then progressed to have an earthy, leathery taste. All through the smoke — which lasted about 90 minutes — I caught hints of cocoa and coffee.

Verdict: A very smooth, very enjoyable, well-made smoke. I didn’t have to re-light this sucker once, even after shaking it around. (I was doing this on the street, mind you, so I must have looked like an idiot.)

Similar cigars: A more complex version of the Sol Cubano Cuban Classic.

(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)