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Amazing!!! Couldn't believe this was a corona size, the flavour is enormous, and so is the aroma. Ambrosia is the best way I can describe this beautiful smoke. When you watch the smoke ascend, you can't blame God for being greedy to want to smell it. Jealousy however is permitted.
Like the other Man O'War cigars, this one is so beautifully balanced that even if you like milder cigars, this will be a great experience. So flavorful-other reviewers have described it, and the staff review, as usual, is spot on. Go read it. This cigar is a pure delight. I see why Mr. Fernandez kept this for his private stock for so long! I'd hoard these, too. Small is just fine, here, because this stick has strength and beauty, both. Stop reading this and order! I hope CI stocks these for a long time!
After seeing the initial ash I decided to have a long ash contest with myself. Made it to the band before it fell. Not just a great cigar, great construction too.
Bought some of these put them in the humidor. Wanted to wait 6 months but couldn't. 2 months later and tried the first .... WOW. Amazing corona. If the regular sized mMan O War is a bit heavy for you this may be perfect; it is for me. Well done, AJ
Holy crap, what a great cigar. Makes me rethink what a corona should be. I'm putting 5 in the vault, what will 6 months produce?
OK It's Minus 1 with a wind chill of minus 15 here today in Chicago. I've been waiting for the right day to try this MOW Authentico. I love smoking outside, but on a day like this, well, it has to be quick. I bought these treasures for a day just like this. How lucky can a guy be! Just like espresso, single malt, and dark choc. Thank you CI for bring the best cigars to us.
There are few cigars that you will be able to call a benchmark in your life. For me, this was one of them. The strongest cigar I've ever had the pleasure of smoking yet certainly not the harshest. This tops even San Cristobal. I have never liked Coronas or anything skinnier than a Robusto. That's now changed! Imagine standing at the edge of an herbaceous brush fire, so intense you almost want to step away, yet so delicious you'd be insane not to stay. This is a full on assault of herbs, strong fresh cut dark and sweet woods, what sums up to dark powerful tobaccos and a sweetness that keeps me sniffing and sighing with content. Don't worry about the size, this lasted me almost a full hour! And I had brought this along with me on a trip for a "quickie", yeah right! That's what I call a good disappointment. This little pretty bellowed out more copious amounts of delicious thick smoke then even supposed thicker overcompensating hand cannons have. Where is it all coming from? I don't have to know, just keep it coming!
WOW is not the best word to describe this stick! I am currently enjoying the maduro version which I hope these are served in Heaven, cause right now angels are singing!
I am back to review the Habano ligero wrapped version of this stick. After enjoying a full box of the maduro version and now a few sticks into my box of regulars, I have to say, WOW! Both of these are fabulous little vitolas. My preference is for the maduro, but the Habano ligero is delicious as well, full flavored and full-bodied for 45mins of complete contentment. I always seem to burn these to my fingertips. I am a big fan of Toro and Robusto sizes but these are perfect the way they are, maybe a 6.5x42 just to extend the enjoyment. Excellent smoke and definitely a box buy recommendation on these.
Puro Authentico. Holy cow, what a fabulous cigar! Perfect construction, incredibly easy draw, and a fantastic, unique flavor. I have tried hundreds of brands/blends and I can't come up with another cigar to compare this with. I've smoked quite a few of these, (every one down to the nub) and they normally last about 1 hr. If you're thinking these will be a good quick smoke, think again. These just beg to be savored slowly. I recently had one that had a slightly firmer draw than normal, but it was still an easy draw and lasted 70 min. To the reviewer who wants these in toro size I say emphatically NO!!! Don't mess with the awesome flavor profile. If anything, just make them an inch or two longer, but keep the 42 ring size. And I am a toro smoker myself (about 75-80% of my cigars are toros or even larger).
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.
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!
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.
Great cigar !!! Will def buy again !!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
These were smaller than I pictured, but they are absolutely delicious little spiceballs for sure. I love them.
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.
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.
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.
ONE OF THE FINEST... PERIOD
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 ;)
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!
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!
If you like the regular Puro Authentico, try the maduro. A perfect cigar got better!
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!
"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 ". ... :)
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.
Incredible. From the box they come in down to the last half inch of finished cigar.
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 !
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.
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".
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.