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Man O' War Puro Authentico

Puro Authentico is the personal blend of Man O’ War creator AJ Fernandez. Previously reserved for only his consumption, AJ has finally broken down and agreed to share MOW Puro Authentico’s goodness with all. Small in size, but massive in flavor, this full-bodied, full-flavored firecracker will send you into sensory overload. A dark Esteli-grown Habano ligero wrapper is jam-packed with as many Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-leaf ligeros as humanly possible....producing a Corona unlike any you've had before.

And now, Puro Authentico comes in maduro too, adding a bold, rich element to this already heady smoke.
  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Corona + 5-PackBOX OF 10 In Stock $75.00$59.95
Corona Maduro + 5-PackBOX OF 10 In Stock $75.00$59.95
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Customer Reviews of “Man O' War Puro Authentico”
"OUTSTANDING" If I had only one word to say about this cigar. Just enjoyed my 1st MOW Puro Authentico....Delivery arrived today from a daily deal. Now I always put the cigars in humidor to settle down from the journey but could not wait to try it. Well, this is one of the best cigars I have tried this year. I could see this cigar being a top 25 pick, it is that damm good. The construction is flawless and the burn was incredibly even. Dark wrapper with some oil that glistened in the late light of the evening. Opening burst of spice, then settles in to a sweet creamy smoke although I still get a bit of spice through the nose. As we all know AJ has been on a roll this year with the San Latano, Ave Maria, San Miguel and Morro Castle. This cigar is the best of them all, and I enjoy each of them. Treat yourself or a buddy to this cigar. You will enjoy it.
RW of Hopewell Junction, NY
I am not one who writes reviews but felt compelled to do so after having this gem of a cigar. If I could sum it up in one word it would be "exquisite". I am a fan of full bodied cigars in general and love the MOW line so for me this was a must try, even though I was skeptical about its small size. Let me tell you, this little corona will knock your socks off! It burns incredibly slow and cool and easily lasts 40-50 minutes. Upon lighting you are hit with an intense spice that could rival that of the ruination; and produces thick, dense, billowing clouds of smoke. Sweet leathery flavors and aromas are prominent throughout the entire cigar and never becomes harsh. About the halfway mark the spice eases up and more sweet notes come to the foreground. This is without a doubt my new favorite; a flavor bomb that is smooth and full of complexity. If you are a fan of full bodied cigars this is a must try and worth every penny.
AD of Grove City, OH
Just nubbed a MOW Puro Authentico ... in a word ... WOW! my new favorite MOW ... great flavors and nice power ... AJ is a master ... I am not a big corona guy...but I am craving another.
BS of Southbury, CT
If you like the regular Puro Authentico, try the maduro. A perfect cigar got better!
GR of Sterling, VA
Incredible. From the box they come in down to the last half inch of finished cigar.
GR of Staten Island, NY
In this case size does not matter. The Man O' War Puro Authentico is a spicy powerhouse with tons of flavor in a small package. Fans of mild cigars beware, smoking this cigar will probably cause hallucinations. Fans of medium bodied cigars should give it a try on a full stomach and not drive or operate heavy machinery after smoking. Fans of fuller bodied cigars will go into a Zen like state. It really is well balanced smoke and the flavors keep changing as it progresses. Heavy spice on the front end then it settles down with more leather and a tobacco sweetness. Superb draw and a straight cool burn. I have smoked all to a nub and hated to see them end. Worth the money.
JS of Fleetwood, PA
Simply epic! This little gem should have been Cigar Aficionado's # 1 cigar of the year! By far the best corona I have ever smoked!
MS of Baton Rouge, LA
As a full body fanatic, I am always looking for the next killer cigar, the strongest cigar I ever smoked that lived up to the hype was the Camacho coyalar black, Man that thing had hair on it, A few that didn't live up to the hype for strength, The Cu Avana Punisher for one, though still a nice medium full smoke, But the Man O War Puro is a M-80 for sure, First cigar in long time that made me sweat, I was on an empty stomach, but I smoke plenty of full body cigars that way, I had to hit the McDonald's drive thru to bounce back, I have since smoked many more of these after dinner, and I must say, it may be my favorite cigar now, I have had to rethink my anti corona attitude, A solid 40 minute smoke too. If your a big Macanudo smoker, be careful, this will probably kill you.
JS of Moraine, OH
This is your chance to really indulge in a phenomenal experience with a top-quality Habano wrapper cigar from A.J. Fernandez. The diminutive size really accentuates the wrapper while still producing a ton of smoke. Full-bodied and peppery out of the gate but soon envelops you in well-balanced complexities of deep tobacco flavors including leather, nuts and slight sweetness with a long finish that coats your mouth. Ignore the warnings about the strength of this cigar: enjoy it slowly and you will want another. A thoroughbred from the A.J. stable, don't miss it.
GL of Estes Park, CO
I was in the CI Superstore a few weeks ago checking out the new goods. I was talking with some of the staff when we wandered by the new AJ Fernandez Puro Authentico. They were raving about the cigar, throwing superlatives left and right. I had no choice but to pick up three sticks for a test run. Within a week I'd burned all three. I have to say it-- everything they promised was true. Great balanced flavor, perfect burn and tons of smoke. Even with the smaller size (corona) this cigar packs a punch and lasts almost an hour. I plan to put a few boxes in my humidor as soon as possible!
JW of Boyds, MD
"NO SOLICITATION HERE".... Because only my wife is now keeping count,:) ... just went for boxes 6 and 7 ...and " THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING ". ... :)
JL of Edison, NJ
J.L.- A.K.A...The Terminator is back again ...I'm now expecting my "THIRD BOX" of these fabulous Puro Authentico's by A.J. Fernandez any moment now !!! ...My Dear wife just placed the order for THE Box-Combination plus the delicious free 5 pack of Man-O-War Figuardo's , just last night A GREAT PAIRING- NOW THAT'S LOVE!...They truly are the tastiest and most satisfying Corona's...A.J. - I hope you listening... because my next dream is how about an offer of the same wonderful LIGERO Puro's in a "TORO" size ??? A subtle hint for more of the enjoyment given and one lasting longer to give me more reason's sit out on my balcony at night and watch the stars :) ...C.I. (PLEASE) keep these phenoms in stock - Thank you !
JL of Edison, NJ
The offers from C.I. just keep getting better and better. A.J. Fernandez's offerings of the superb blends going into MAN-O-WAR Cigars -has left his mark on me! ...Man-O-War..is Fantastic...next up, Man-o- War Ruination...notched it to the next level and was truly Outstanding and Full Bodied...Now with my latest purchase of Man-O-War's "Puro Authentico",...I'm "almost speechless, this is now my ultimate favorite and I want more, real soon...Will Mr. Fernandez offer varying sizes ? Hmmmm, that is the question. if not size, "DOESN'T MATTER HERE" Full Bodied and very satisfying...This Puro cigar is everything and more. Keep these in stock C.I...like the terminator..."I'll Be Back".
JL of Edison, NJ
The amount of flavor this stick packs is amazing......pepper, spice, sweetness, earth and a ton of smoke with an easy draw. Don't let the corona size fool you, this cigar packs a nice punch. Wonderful!
TS of Corona, CA
been through a 1/2 dozen boxes of these so far and they are as strong as all get out. 1st one gave me a headache 10 mins in. I realize why they're corona only; any bigger and you'd die from a nicotine overdose ;)
AB of Lakewood, CO
Can't really agree with the other reviews. It's not bad, but all I really get out of it is pepper. Pepper, pepper and more pepper. Occasionally, some wood and leather pops in but mostly just pepper. If a full-bodied pepper bomb is what you're after, than this is it, but otherwise stick with the standard MOW. I do have two more that I'm going to let rest to see if it changes anything, but until then I won't be picking up any more of these, especially at the regular price.
DM of Sheffield Lake, OH
I have tried numerous cigars. Most just didn't get me that excited about smoking. Been there, done that. Don't let the corona size fool you. Still a good size that has a great taste. Peppery when you retrohale, but barely noticeable otherwise. The flavor is very addictive. The nic is just right. Won't knock you out. It has such a good taste with No bitterness. I usually don't make recommendations, but this is an AJ winner! Better then the rest of his lines. Very pleased!
CS of Grey Eagle, MN
This is a HUGE cigar in a very small package! I had my first one the day after having my first Ruination, and the diminutive Puro Authentico corona blew its big brother away. Superb.
TT of Vancouver, WA
WOW! This little firecracker has TONS of flavor with a spicy kick like no other! It's definitely one of my new favorites! Thanks AJ for allowing us to enjoy these lil jewels!
DB of Rockmart, GA
just finishing up one of these now and i must say its a wonderful smoke! starts off very strong,spicy and peppery and pretty much kicked my a$$ at the start lol. but it certainly mellowed out a bit in the 2nd and 3rd thirds. definetly smoke with food in your stomach. i must say its very enjoyable and would totally recomend. happy herfing!
JM of North Bellmore, NY
ONE OF THE FINEST... PERIOD
AL of AURORA, IL
Simply the best cigar I have ever smoked. Pure flavor, perfect burn, spicy and strong. The best. If you know of others equal to this, I would love to hear it.
TB of Olympia, WA
I like the big ring. But this is a nice smoke. Great burn, great ash, great flavor. Sweet ,easy cigar. This Man O War line is becoming one of my favorites. I know.....you hear that all the time. So just try one, or two, or three....nuf said.
MK of POYNETTE, WI
I'm a big fan of very full bodied cigars. This cigar after sitting in the humidor for a couple days had a very oily quality. Lighting it up brought generous plumes of smoke, very flavorful instantly. I love a cigar that has very thick and rich smoke to it all the way through. It required no maintenance, burned very clean and even all the way through. Ash stayed in tact very well insulating the heat. The main flavors I got from this cigar were pepper and leather. It instantly became a go to for me, especially for the price. A good burn time, around 45 minutes...it's a perfect day to day cigar for someone who loves a full bodied flavor. One of the best I've had for the price it goes for.
JR of Reston, VA
Man O War........smoked a lot of cigars. This line has never let me down. You don't have to believe me, cause I just smoke em to enjoy em. I'll say it again. Man O War. Go smoke something else so I can have em all. You're all lucky i'm not rich.
MK of POYNETTE, WI
Got one of these in a sampler pack at CigarFest 2014, wasn't sure what it was called at first but it was easily my favorite cigar I smoked throughout the event. I'll be buying more of these soon! The blend was perfect, nice even draw that never got harsh, and it lasted considerably longer than I would have guessed given it's size.
GT of Pasadena, MD
Although a little pricey for the size and length of smoke, these puros are rich and delicious vitolas. I picked up a box of the maduros and couldn't wait to try them. So, after only one day in the humi and with the encouragement of my cigar buddy who was intrigued by the AJ Fernandez story behind these smokes, (check out Brock's staff review), I broke out a pair and we sat down with a couple after-work beers to relax. We both agreed, the flavors were plentiful, the ligeros fillers gave this corona plenty of strength, draw was very easy and produced copious amounts of thick, wonderfully aromatic smoke. Never harsh or bitter, I think a larger size might have made my head swim. Overall, a fantastic little cigar if you don't have a couple hours to spend on a big ring. This will be a permanent resident in the humi, ready for those short sessions, and I will definitely reorder... You owe it to yourself to check this one out, I am also very interested in trying the regular Habano ligero wrapped version. Happy herfing!
CP of Edmonds, WA
Maduro is incredible! Complex taste some spice, cedar, coffee, notes rich very old tobacco flavors twoard the end of this stick without the typical end of stick sharpness or the sour nub effect. Razor sharp burn all the way, perfect draw. Enjoyed this puro and will be buying to have back stock of this gem. Super interesting smoke for a little stick, especially the cool burn for its size.
MB of Bridgeport, WV
A must buy if you like quality cigars without breaking the bank. It's one of the best cigars I have smoked in my life time, period. If MOW Puro Authentico was a woman, I would marry her; just to continually get the slightly bitter and oily taste at the tip of the cigar at almost every puff. I love it, I love it, I love it........AJ Fernendez you do not know what you've just started...this marriage will last till the heavenly bell beacons. Thanks AJ you are truly a Master craftsman.
JA of NORFOLK, VA
Man O' Man! This little corona packs a punch. I am more of a "mild to medium" cigar guy, so the Puro Authentico is not exactly in my wheel house. Still, every now and again, when I'm ready for a real strong, full-bodied smoke I do enjoy this stick.
DD of Grass Valley, CA
These were smaller than I pictured, but they are absolutely delicious little spiceballs for sure. I love them.
SW of Abingdon, VA
Amazing cigar! Small in size, this cigar packs a heavy punch. If you enjoy a dark cigar that you can smoke in an hour this is a great choice for you.
MV of Raeford, NC
Great cigar !!! Will def buy again !!!
AD of Brooklyn, NY

Man O' War Puro Authentico

Posted by Brock

It sounds almost boastful to say, but I have had the pleasure of smoking each & every cigar brand & line that we carry in our retail stores.  If you take a look at our “Big List of Brands” section of our website you’ll notice that we have a list of 576 BRANDS that we sell online – plus we have quite a lengthy list of “in-store-only” cigars…not to mention the brands that we no longer carry.  The list of closeouts alone that we’ve handled over the 10+ years that I’ve been in the business has got to be in the 1,000’s, not to mention all of the sample blends that I get to “test” for research & development...most of which never even become production cigars.  Then there are the feeble attempts that I’ve made at blending cigars, using my vast knowledge of all the different types of tobaccos at my disposal during trips to Central America (not a-one has ever made it into production by the way – it’s a lot harder than most of you would think to put together the right 5 or 6 tobacco leaves in order to get a well-balanced cigar that’s actually smokeable, let alone tastes anywhere near good.)  So after a few quick calculations (using fingers and toes for this one) I can honestly tell you that I’ve tried about 4,321 different, unique blends of cigars in my career.  That equates to just over 8 different cigars per week….for over 10 years!  Man, my job is demanding sometimes, but someone’s got to do it!

So where am I going with this, you ask?  Well let me tell you.  It ain’t all fun & games trying all these different cigars day-in & day-out.  Sure, I’m constantly trying new stuff, but a lot of times the cigars I’m trying are pure dog-rockets or they are “prototypes” so strong or unbalanced that I sometimes almost lose my lunch after “testing” them.  Once in a while I’ll get a real treat when I try something new, but more times than not I’ve been let down by so many new cigars.  And then, of course I have my favorites which vary from 5 Vegas, Perdomo, Oliva (Studio Tobac) & A.J. Fernandez – it seems some of these guys just can’t make a bad cigar.  Their background in tobacco cultivation, curing, buying/selling & acquiring the best of the best of the tobaccos that are available today are one thing, but their ability to put those tobaccos together in a way that delivers a perfectly balanced cigar from start to finish demonstrates their love of the leaf & pure brilliance that they possess.

Out of all the blenders in this industry, A.J. Fernandez stands out for me.  He apprenticed in Cuba for many years under the legendary Cuban Master-Blender, Alejandro Robaina (Godfather of Cuban Tobacco.)  A lot of my favorites come from his blends, such as Man O’ War, Man O’ War Ruination, Diesel, La Herencia Cubana, Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, Ave Maria, and many more.  Out of all of A.J.’s phenomenal blends I’ve enjoyed over the last few years nothing stands out to me quite as much as his latest release, The Man O’ War Puro Authentico.  This cigar was THE BLEND, in THE SIZE that A.J. himself smoked on an everyday basis.  On one of our buyers’ many trips to Nicaragua someone finally convinced A.J. to let him sample one of his own, personal cigars (right out of A.J.’s pocket) & as soon as he fired it up he knew that CI needed this cigar to be available to our customers.  So after some serious wheeling & dealing A.J. started production of this blend for the Man O’ War line & it was aptly named “Puro Authentico.”

Now for the Review:

So I finally got my hands on my very own 10-count boxes for the Downtown Bethlehem retail shop & I feel like a kid on Christmas finding his first bike under the tree.  They’re really nifty slide-out 10-count boxes, and I immediately opened one up, pulled a cigar out from the loose tobacco that gently holds them in place & with much gusto fired it right up.  I was instantly in love!  As the shaggy foot of Esteli Nicaraguan wrapper leaf blasted me with intense Habano ligero goodness I knew I was in for a real treat.  FULL, intense, rich spicy-sweet flavor for the first few puffs & then I got into the “meat” of the cigar where the whole blend of all kinds of Nicaraguan Ligeros started burning harmoniously & the complexity was amazing for such a powerful cigar.  I was tasting every single thing I love about Nicaraguan tobacco in this one little corona sized cigar.  Sweet-spiciness, hints of leather with rich, almost creamy smoke plumes all around me.  I finished the first one in about 45 minutes, and I was truly amazed at how long this seemingly small cigar lasted me.  I quickly fired up another and I swear it was better than the one I just finished.  Within that same day I had so many customers ask me what cigar I was enjoying so much & after telling them what I had I sold through almost 3 entire boxes of singles that very day.  Joey B. from Wanaque, NJ (a longtime friend & customer of CI) happened to be in the shop that day & after trying one out with me, ended up going home with 3 boxes that very same day.  Prior to his introduction to the Puro Authentico, Joey B’s all-time favorite cigar was Drew Estate’s Dirty Rat.  Now, at half the price of the Dirty Rats he’s found a new favorite & they are widely available now (and like I said, AT HALF THE PRICE.)

If you’re a fan of full-bodied, full-flavored cigars with a lot of complexity then this cigar is a MUST TRY for you.  I’m amazed that these cigars are under 6 buck each.  Gotta be one of the best-buys of the year!  I’ve already filled up all the empty room in my humidor at home with these sweet little 10-count boxes so get yours now before more people find out about them.

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