Hailing from master blender AJ Fernandez, it would be safe to say that expectations for San Lotano Oval Connecticut have been sky high. Especially when you factor in the success of the original Oval (recipient of five 91-ratings along with being ranked as one of the Top 25 Cigars of the Year) and Oval Maduro. The Connecticut definitely had some big shoes to fill. But when you're AJ Fernandez, exceeding expectations is your forte.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the Oval shape is best described as being a rounded box-press. This rare shape not only looks great, but it also makes for a cool, slow-burning experience loaded with flavor. This go round, a core of Nicaraguan, Honduran, and proprietary long-fillers, join forces with a silky Connecticut wrapper. Expect a mild to medium-bodied profile to deliver nutty, leathery, and cedary nuances growing more intense with each billowy puff. Believe the hype and give this handmade a try. You’ll be happy you did. Real happy.
A friend gave me one of these. I'm generally not a big fan of Connecticut wrappers, finding most too light on taste. This is the exception. Great complex, consistent taste, burn and draw. The draw is light but still not hot and tons of smoke. This is the best Connecticut I have ever had and possibly in the top 5 cigars period!