Carefully handcrafted in Esteli, Nicaragua, Ave Maria utilizes a flawless Habano sun-grown wrapper from Ecuador overtop a well-aged blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers to create an extremely balanced, flavorful, and refined experience. It's medium-bodied and smooth throughout, but brimming with rich notes of earth, leather, spices, and sweet tobacco - all delivered in elegant fashion. A truly complete cigar on every level.
“This is my first cigar review ever, and I'm reviewing my first-ever Ave Maria. Got 5 Templars as part of a sampler pack. I don't have a sophisticated palate when it comes to picking out specific flavors, but I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar, particularly the first half to two-thirds. Perfect burn, perfect draw. Flavor through the first half or so was what I'd call nutty and earthy. Very flavorful. Not too spicy -- less so than most of the strong Nicaraguan nicotine bombs I usually favor. As it burned into the second half or so, the spice picked up a bit and I caught a slight bitter note. Enjoyed the first half more, but an excellent stick all around. I tried this one almost straight out of the package. I look forward to trying another after a few weeks in the humi.”
MB of Woodbridge, VA
“Was pretty nice, not exactly my taste but it wasn't bad. Lasted about an hour and a half.”
JB of Adamsville, OH
“A bold smoke for such a skinny offering. Very spicy and strong throughout. Make sure you've had a full meal prior to smoking. Avoid operating heavy machinery until you are used to this bean pole powerhouse.”
SS of Chapin, SC
“I've continually enjoyed every one of the Ave Maria Knights Templar's I've had. They're full of flavor, and easy to draw from too.”
TG of MUKWONAGO, WI
“This was an outstanding cigar. I figured it as Ave Maria's basic cigar compared to others I've had. Great from start to finish, but not my taste .
“This is a great smoke. Really was surprised and enjoyed”
JM of ORLANDO, FL
“this has become my favorite cigar only beating out the diesel by a hair...AJ you rock man!!!!”
RT of Fitzgerald, GA
“1st time trying these & WOW!!! Great stick as far as construction & burn go. The flavor starts out mild, sweet, & creamy & progresses to a little stronger spicy-sweet flavor while maintaining the creaminess throughout. I heard these were good...but I wasn't really expecting this much flavor & enjoyment all the way to the nub!!!”