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“I got the Ave Maria Reconquistas as a gift to my brother for Father's Day. Highly recommended!”
“My NEW favorites have just arrived.........a father's day gift....can't ask for more than this!”
“I was worried that the price would just be for the production value of having the individual coffins inside of the tobacco graveyard and, of course, the intricate oversized Ave Maria label, but I was wrong... This cigar was incredible! Unbelievable smoothness from the start down to the nub, with a sweet tabacco aftertaste that pleasantly lingers long after the last puff.
That said, the Reconquista is by no means easy to tame. I usually smoke fairly quickly, yet this took me an over an hour to conquer. It is a full bodied giant and definately not an everday smoke IMO (obvious by the price point), but any Ave Maria or AJ Fernandez fan owes it to themself to stash a couple of these in their top shelf for that special occasion.
To further put it into perspective, my favorite cigar is Morro Castle, based soley on the fact I "could" smoke those daily, but I recognize Reconquista as a more complex and superior offering.”
“Absolutely phenominal cigar! Everything about this one was perfect. The presentation with the cedar coffin and the beauty of the construction just added to the overall experience. I was pleasantly surprised upon first light to find that it has kind of a sweetness in the finish. Definitely one of the most flavorful and pleasant full bodied cigars I have smoked. I honestly can't find anything wrong with this cigar. Definitely not an everyday cigar but well worth the price for a once in a while or special occasion stick.”
“Just got my box in yesterday, I couldn't leave it shrinkwraped! I had to see those coffins for myself. I intended to age them for a year at least, but, have convinced myself that I can allow myself to smoke one on the next BIG occasion. The other 2 I plan on saving. At the price I feel I will be getting a couple more boxes to leave sealed... I want to say DON'T BUY but that would be over sheer greed for not wanting CI to run out before my next order.”
“I just ordered these cigars and from the time the order started processing, my legs started to tap the floor with the excitment of getting them to my front door. Being in Afghanistan on my 3rd deployment, I am sure these will be the highlight of this trip. Just the presentation of the box and the description I have read on them makes it so much sweeter. In one week when they arrive I will plan my two hours of quiet time in a nice spot to enjoy life as good as it gets.
“This was a very nice cigar! Smooth and tastey to the end.”
“All I can say is Holy S***. Bought a box of three to save for a special occasion here in afghanistan. Two of my fellow coworkers were departing and we have become quite good friends. I wanted to sent them off in style for their last night. We broke the box open and smoked them. I was apprehensive having never smoked these before and not knowing anyone who had. Just read reviews. I was promising my friends a quality smoke on the electronic words of others. I have smoked several premium cigars with a price tag that was no where near close to the quality you would expect. In fact in today's new cigar wars there are many that just do not deliver for the price you pay. God of Fires come to mind. Well, I rolled the dice and came up a winner. What an awesome smoke. Every bit worth the $20 price tag. Starting off you think it is a mild smoke but you can actually taste the rich creamy boldness increase as you work down the cigar. In fact the roll is so perfect and the burn so smooth that you will be looking for a clip or pliers to smoke it to the absolute end. Flavor does not diminish. Also, it is a cigar that that leaves you with a contact high at the end. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a glass of bourbon or scotch. I also bought a box of crusaders with the deal of 10 lion hearts thrown in. Ranking the three I would say 3rd place went to the crusaders, 2nd to the lion hearts, and the winner in a blowout was the Reconquista. I am definitely buying the bigger box and Reconquistas will become a permanent member of my personal stock and lineup. Thank you CI for stocking these beautys and having such a great price deal.”
“When I smoked my first Reconquista I didn't quite know what to think. Was it a good cigar? Was it a bad cigar? Was it a great cigar? After flame met the Reconquista and caused the combustion of its contents, which caused heat and smoke (which I then inhaled), I was overwhelmed by the peculiarity of all the different and complex flavors contacting my palate. It was like a symphony of different sounds billowing from different instruments that were trying to come together with the help of a conductor to form this beautiful experience (at least one would hope). However, were these instruments and sounds, orchestrated by this conductor, shaped in a way to form that melodic experience? After smoking my second Reconquista I came to my final conclusion. After being hit with the smooth, earthy, and banana like flavors all at the same time I realized that this is a great cigar. The conductor (Ave Maria) performed an excellent and beautiful symphony (Reconquista). At no point was there a bad taste. The cigar burned evenly and the flavors were rich, smooth, and robust throughout the whole cigar. Although, admittance into this performance is pricey, but it is totally worth the fare. Save this cigar for a special occasion and enjoy a magnum opus.
“Amazing cigar. Wish we could by without fancy packaging!!
“Wonderful, spicy full-bodied smoke… But am I the only one that has trouble keeping it lit?”