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Ave Maria

The One that Started It All

The original Ave Maria cigar is, quite simply, a masterpiece. Produced at AJ Fernandez’s factory in Nicaragua, this ultra-premium blend is a shining example of a worthwhile boutique cigar. From the stunning packaging to the immaculate performance, each Ave Maria scores a perfect 10/10 in any category you judge it on. 

On top of this gem sits a gorgeous, silky Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Clip the foot and give way to a medium to full-bodied, balanced profile featuring notes of earth, light spice, nuttiness, and a crisp, tobacco core. And it’s not just cigar nuts that love this stick, it’s cigar makers themselves. Alan Rubin of Alec Bradley, Kaizad Hansotia of Gurkha cigars, and Nimish Desai of Rocky Patel all declared Ave Maria a fantastic cigar. Get yours today. 

Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Ark of the Covenant (Gordo) (4.5"x60)
Box of 20 In Stock $165.00
save $35.0121% off
$129.99
Ark of the Covenant (Gordo) (4.5"x60)
Pack of 5 In Stock $41.25
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$37.00
Barbarossa (Churchill) (7.0"x48)
Box of 20 In Stock $165.00
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$129.99
Barbarossa (Churchill) (7.0"x48)
Pack of 5 In Stock $41.25
save $4.2510% off
$37.00
Charlemagne (Presidente) (7.5"x54)
Box of 20 Backordered $205.00
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$164.99
Charlemagne (Presidente) (7.5"x54)
Pack of 5 In Stock $51.25
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$46.00
Clermont (Corona) (5.5"x45)
Box of 20 Backordered $135.00
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$104.99
Clermont (Corona) (5.5"x45)
Pack of 5 In Stock $33.75
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$30.25
Crusader (Robusto) (5.0"x52)
Box of 20 Backordered $145.00
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$114.99
Crusader (Robusto) (5.0"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $35.25
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$32.50
Holy Grail (Salomon) (7.1"x58)
Box of 8 In Stock $96.00
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$79.99
Knights Templar (Double Corona) (6.0"x48)
Box of 20 Backordered $145.00
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$114.99
Knights Templar (Double Corona) (6.0"x48)
Pack of 5 In Stock $36.35
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$32.50
Lionheart (box-press) (Toro) (5.5"x55)
Box of 20 In Stock $165.00
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$129.99
Lionheart (box-press) (Toro) (5.5"x55)
Pack of 5 In Stock $41.25
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$37.00
Morning Star (Perfecto) (5.0"x58)
Box of 10 In Stock $90.00
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$74.99
Morning Star (Perfecto) (5.0"x58)
Pack of 5 Only 4 Left $47.50
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$41.50
St. George (Belicoso) (6.0"x54)
Box of 20 Backordered $185.00
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$144.99
St. George (Belicoso) (6.0"x54)
Pack of 5 Backordered $46.25
save $4.7510% off
$41.50
Overall Rating 4.58 out of 5 Based on 326 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Ave Maria”

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5 out of 5
5 Star
232
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4 Star
65
3 out of 5
3 Star
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2 out of 5
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5 out of 5
Smooth smoking cigar
Smooth smoking cigar
5 out of 5
Love this smoke
Fantastic smoke, nice medium stick with hints of leather and coffee. This is my go too daily smoke.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria
Very good smoke, not too strong, good flavor.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Clermont
Important considerations for me in selecting a cigar are consistent flavor and smokability. This cigar has that with an easy draw and medium to full flavor in nearly every cigar. The length and ring size is also what I prefer. This has become my go to smoke. Enjoy.
5 out of 5
Good Value
Decent smoke for a good price. Never tried box press before, but kinda like it and would order these again.
5 out of 5
Religious experience
Ava Maria’s were a great value.
5 out of 5
Great cigar.
Good taste, good draw and good with coffee.
4 out of 5
Good cigar but the ones
Good cigar but the ones I received we're rolled tight
5 out of 5
Delicious
Delicious and burns perfect
5 out of 5
One of my favorite blends, in one of my favorite sizes.
Always felt that Ave Maria was one of AJs’ most elegant blend and in the Barborssa even more elegant. Not to say that it’s mild for I feel it achieves full body status at the 2/3s mark. There is a smoothness to flavors even in its spices. I get an oaken base with white pepper spice and cream. The Cuban style Churchill size (7x47-48) is my favorite size and I wish more companies would include the it in all there blends instead of the more trendy size like 6x60s. I have not found a blend that doesn’t taste better in a modest ring gauge.
5 out of 5
Really nice!
A little stronger than I usually smoke but I really enjoyed them. I would order them again
5 out of 5
Good Smoke
Excellent cigar, easy to light, lots of flavor. Every one was easy draw with plenty of smoke. Highly recommended
5 out of 5
a very good cigar,just the
a very good cigar,just the right strength all the way to the end. well made, good tobacco.
5 out of 5
Even better than expected
I have sampled most if not all of the Ave Maria line and they are all good sticks. Something about this box press really elevates this cigar to the next level.
5 out of 5
Awesome smoke
Terrific cigar. Takes some time, but we’ll worth it. Subtle nutty flavors with a hint of sweetness.
5 out of 5
They're ok
a little thin in body and lacking complexity compared to the best
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Barbarossa
A tightly wrapped and evenly burning wonderful cigar. Definitely will order these again.
5 out of 5
Excellent!
I have always liked Ave Maria. AJ is the best. I particularly like Presidentes, if they are rolled well. These are excellent. Even burn, smooth easy draw, superb flavor. If you want better than that, you have to make a deal with Legma! Look it up. Ha Ha!
3 out of 5
More Hype; Less Substance
I've been waiting for a long time to try these cigars. When the price finally went down, I pounced. I found it to be more harsh than other cigars at the same price from that region. A better cigar, at half the price, is Nica Libre or Arganese.
5 out of 5
Great
Great smoke
5 out of 5
They were very tasty and
They were very tasty and smooth
5 out of 5
Another great AJ Fernandez
Smooth and creamy from start to finish
5 out of 5
Great sampler at a great price!
I love Ava Maria cigars, they are one of my favorites. I hope you guys continue to keep wonderful Samplers like this available.
5 out of 5
Awesome
Bought them for my hubby for an anniversary present. He was more than happy with the selection I got. Thank you for having great priced sample boxes!
4 out of 5
Ave Maria
Good cigar. Good smoke always a nice burn. Can't go wrong with a ave Maria
5 out of 5
Barbarossa aka Gentleman
A medium strength, nicely flavored cigar that burns neither too fast nor slow. Reminds me of Cuban cigars to some degree.
5 out of 5
always good
Very good cigar
3 out of 5
Average cigar
Average cigar
4 out of 5
Pretty good
Liked them all smoked good tasted.
3 out of 5
Good smoke!
Enjoyable smoke.
2 out of 5
Harsh
A bit strong and rough taste
5 out of 5
always good
At good cigar
5 out of 5
Lionheart is for kings
I have throughly enjoyed the box pressed Ave Maria Lionheart. It has a complex flavor profile with a perfect draw and burn.
4 out of 5
Good smoke
Good smoke for the price.
5 out of 5
A staple!
Truly delightful! Bought them as part of a sampler and couldn't be happier!
3 out of 5
Good For the Price
I received a samplet for 4 different sizes of Sva Maris I was pleased with. the taste and construction .I would buy these again and recommend others to try.
5 out of 5
Good smoke
Really enjoyed this one good draw good taste.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Great smokes and very reasonably priced, Thanks Cigars Int!
5 out of 5
A OK
nice big smoke,I will try them again
5 out of 5
Awesome!
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Ava Maria has a good draw ,affordable price.Great taste even burn.Really good smoke.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Sampler
That and your Oliva Top Ten Sampler are the best for the money I have found. Looking for that Ave Maria Sampler again.
2 out of 5
Not The Best
I have enjoyed several cigars from the AJ Fernandez line, so I was hopeful that this one would be right up there with the others. Unfortunately, I found the taste to be just average. The construction and draw were OK, but they are not enough to compensate for the lack of desirable flavor.
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Great smoke
5 out of 5
wel constructed, burns evenly, pleasant
wel constructed, burns evenly, pleasant aroma, good smoke.
5 out of 5
good cigar
always good; excellent draw and taste
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Barbarossa
A full flavored smoke, but not very complex. Flavors of leather and pepper come through. Nicely constructed with a even draw and perfect burn. A good smoke for the golf course.
5 out of 5
Good cigar at a great
Good cigar at a great price. only tried 2 robusto saving the others. Hope I will be able to get them at the price I paid.
4 out of 5
Nice draw
Very nice cigars
5 out of 5
AveMaria
Excellent smoke! Great price
5 out of 5
Excellence all around
Awesome cigars, great price, fast shipping... a no brainer..
4 out of 5
Good cigars smoke good!
Good cigars smoke good!
4 out of 5
Great looking and well constructed
Great looking and well constructed cigar. A little more pepper on the back end than I normally like but overall a really nice stick. I would buy again.
5 out of 5
Flavor
Great taste and smooth
4 out of 5
dignifiedly
Worthy of its brand
5 out of 5
Smooth smoke with great flavor
The Ave Maria cigars exceeded expectations with nice smooth draw, sweet tobacco flavors and a nice hit of white pepper to finish.
5 out of 5
Always a great smoke
Always a great smoke
2 out of 5
Ave Maria feedback
I was not impressed! It was not dense enough.
3 out of 5
Decent everyday smoke
Though I've had Ave Maria before I've never found myself looking for them when I shop, That hasn't changed their still just an average smoke i.e. not bad, not great but when you find them at a good price point their worth buying. Wish I could say more but there's just not much to these cigars.
5 out of 5
Excellent, as usual.
Ave Maria - always excellent, great draw, great flavor, great burn. Certainly my #1 brand. Consistently high quality products - worth the money.
4 out of 5
ALWAYS A SATISFYING SMOKE
A wonderful cigar. I have tried different sizes of the Ave Maria - all good. I love to smell the end before I light it. An olfactory flight of nirvana. Just the right feel and draw, not too tight or loose. Perfect. They light easily, burn perfectly. Never unravel. Compact ash that will hang on till you tap it off. Plenty of smoke - ladies passing by downwind compliment the aroma. The last third is the best.
5 out of 5
Very good. Mild.
Very good. Mild.
5 out of 5
great
Ave Maria are a perfect smoke. smooth flavor. A must try
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Knights Templar. Maybe not holy grail, but much better than Dan Brown.
I admittedly am a discount and deal cigar shopper. Aficianado only among my friends who don't smoke that much, but this is one of the better cigars I've had in quite a while. Consistent burn. Lovely balance of flavor and effect. Just a really enjoyable smoking experience. I would fork for these when they're not the deal of the day.
5 out of 5
Awesome
Great Smoke easy on the pallet great with a good bourbon. Ordering more soon
4 out of 5
Smooth
Excellent cigar. Smooth quality taste, even burn, quality!
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Lionheart
As with all Ave Maria a very nice cigar. Even smoke nice flavor, not to strong but very satisfing. I recogmend this as a must have in your humidor.
4 out of 5
Good flavor
Good flavor
5 out of 5
Excellent!
Very nice cigar! Smooth draw and an even burn with consistent flavor all the way to the end.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Morning Star.
Perfect after dinner smoke to be enjoyed with a good bourbon. Small in stature but makes up for that with a steady burn and wonderful flavor.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria
They were very good. Like haveing a nice scotch with one!!
5 out of 5
great line of cigars
Love the Ave Maria line of cigar. Always have a bunch on hand
5 out of 5
A great cigar
Burns well, tastes great and fantastic deal when you can get them on sale!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
One of my favorites, will buy more. Smooth draw and great smoke. These are what I smoke most of the time, almost out time to renew stock. Try them yourself. I do not think you will be disappointed
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Great cigar! A bit pricey, but well worth the cost.
5 out of 5
Boveda
Put a Boveda pack in with each shipment to keep cigars from drying out.
5 out of 5
Ava Maria Morning Star
Very good cigar, has a very smooth texture and flavor to my taste.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Morning Star
I was looking for a shorter cihar for my mile walk every day...this is perfect!
5 out of 5
awesome
one of my favorites....will buy more for sure. great smoke
3 out of 5
Ave Maria Barbarissa
A tad on the Harsh side.
5 out of 5
Nothing short of Amazing!!
Smooth with a hint of sweetness and pepper tones!! It’s one of the several brands I’ll never pass On!!!
4 out of 5
Great Cigar
I wish there were a way to rate this review at four and one-half. This is a great cigar, but not perfect. Morning Star is well made, easy to light, and it stays lit. I think the taste is perfect. (I detected no hints of leather, pine, apricots or anything else. To be honest, I can't detect those flavors, even when they advertised for a cigar.) I have purchased three boxes and found every one of the 10 in each box to be identically excellent. I strongly recommend these cigars.
5 out of 5
Ava mari knights Templar
Great smoke good flavor
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
So far, I haven’t had one Ave Marie that I didn’t think was great! Love those Cigars!
5 out of 5
Nice smoke
very nice cigar.
5 out of 5
Good smoke
All off Ave Maria are great
5 out of 5
Solid smoke bold flavor
This is a nice rolled smoke it burned super even down to a nub and gave billows of smoke with a nice mouth feel. About half way through the flavor began to intensify but plateaued before becoming overbearing.
5 out of 5
Excellent Choice
This cigar is full body or close to it and it allows one to relax deeply while enjoying the fresh flavors. Bold smoke that you feel with every puff. Absolutely worth every penny!
5 out of 5
Ava Maria Tempus
Excellent
5 out of 5
Very nice cigar
Very good cigar
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Holy Grail
Excellent smoke, grab a good scotch sit back relax and enjoy.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria cigars
These are on of my favorite cigars. Great smoke throughout.
5 out of 5
have not tried yet
i understand they are very good and were on sale so i got some for special upcoming events to share with friends.
3 out of 5
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Based on the reputation of this brand I had great expectations but was disappointed. The smoking experience started well enough but the second half was disappointing. I will let these smokes rest a few weeks and try again. Stay tuned for a follow up report.
5 out of 5
Nice selection
Nice selection
4 out of 5
A very good smoke.
I smoked a fiver of these over the summer after they had aged for a bit - maybe 6-12 months, not sure. They were a savory scrumptious treat. It's been a few months since I've had one, but their memory led me to pick up some for to put away for the warmer months. These are a fantastic value as well.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Ark of the Covenant
Very good. Very smooth and lots of flavor.
5 out of 5
Great AJ cigar!
Ave Maria is a great Nicaraguan cigar by AJ Fernandez. It's very flavorful, medium-bodied cigar with near perfect draw.
5 out of 5
Ave maria
Enjoy them would purchase again
5 out of 5
No story. It's' simply.....
STUNNING!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Great smoke!
5 out of 5
Nice balanced smoke.
Med + plenty of complex flavors,, well balanced blend.
5 out of 5
Quickly becoming my favorite!
Very nice smoke. The Ave Maria brand is quickly becoming my favorite right after Ashton.
5 out of 5
Tasty Cigar.
A very tasty, medium-full bodied cigar. Earthy tobacco notes give way to a distinct vanilla cream on the retrohale beginning At The second third that prevails throughout the entire stick. Very very delicious. Would definitely buy again.
5 out of 5
Stellar!!
What can one expect from the master blender A.J Fernandez , nothing less than stellar and that's what you have here in this stick!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Barbarossa
First cigar in a while that I've had that smokes and burns evenly. Very satisfying.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
This is one of my all-time favorite cigars. Beautifully constructed, excellent burn. I love the flavors and the medium body. I try to pick some up whenever there is a sale.
5 out of 5
Saintly
Great smoke, full and flavorful.
3 out of 5
Unanswered pray
I found this cigar to be disappointing. It was just blah in flavor and a difficult smoke. Perhaps others might have had a better experience with it. On the other hand, Legends, Drew Estates is to die for.
5 out of 5
Kicking back w/ a Great Smoke
The perfect compliment to our Christmas Holy Days celebrations. -- Rev. Fr. Steve
5 out of 5
They were good
They were good
5 out of 5
Good stick
Tasty and slow burning. Notes of pepper, oak, and leather.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Tasting
Great cigar! Love the shape! Nice draw & med to full flavor. Good burn & ash. No aftertaste or harshness at all. Very enjoyable smoke. Will buy more!
5 out of 5
Knights Templar
Good medium cigar. This is what I smoke the most of. Tastes are subjective so I would say try it yourself. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
5 out of 5
Great
Great as like always!!!
4 out of 5
Awesome
Great short smoke
5 out of 5
Ave María
Strong but good
5 out of 5
Fantastic stick !!
I got a box of these for a song and a dance ! Couldn’t beat the price ! Ave Maria morning star is the perfect size for my kinda smoke! Short and fat Cool burn full flavored and scrumptious!! I only wish I could have gotten a few more boxes !!
5 out of 5
great cigar
Ave Maria's are great, you should carry more of their line.
5 out of 5
Really a great smoke
Really a great smoke
5 out of 5
Morning Star is Ray of Sunshine
Ave Maria Morning Star has become the “Go To” in my humidor. Original purchase was due to perfecto size and catalogue hype. I have found them consistent in flavor, medium-full strength, well constructed with a full mouth of smoke. Have seldom been without them since the first purchase. 5 Stars. Recommend you stay away from them so I am ensured of an uninterrupted supply!
3 out of 5
They came split
The Ave Maria 5 pack is a great deal. Flavor was a genuine medium profile that was smooth throughout. The only reason I give 3 stars is because someone must have mishandled them and/or let them dry too much because the wrappers were all split when I opened the box.
1 out of 5
Not fresh
The cigars were dried out. Some cracked and ends were unwrapping , they had no flavor to them.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Lionheart
Good cigar. Well constructed, even burn, very smooth. No harshness what so ever. Will buy again!
5 out of 5
Loved them
I'm still learning about cigars, but these are definitely going be in the humidor for a while (due to re-stocking, lol)...really enjoyed the taste, well made.
5 out of 5
Good cigar
Really good cigar. Good taste.
5 out of 5
Best place to buy cigars!
Best place to buy cigars!
4 out of 5
Ava Maria Clermont
I usually go to the Maduro cigars. This is a very good smoke. Pairs well with Samuel Adams beer's and Yukon Jack. Great price. Well try other AM cigars
5 out of 5
My New Favorite
Excellent smoke! Medium body, good draw, even and consistent slow burn. Stays smooth and flavorful through the end.
5 out of 5
A great cigar in it's
A great cigar in it's price range, I am partial to box presed
5 out of 5
NICE
Very smooth and enjoyable stick. Highly recommend
5 out of 5
A True Star
Morning Star is a perfect Perfecto....I love the easy draw and spicey flavor...they really do stand out and deserve to be an All Star!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Barbarossa
Very smooth and mild all the way through
5 out of 5
I Love Ave Marias!
It’s a combination of a great smoke, and the feeling of Prayer coming together. Honestly, when I smoke any of the Ave Maria cigars, I always take a moment to Pray, and to thank God for such a delicious, savory moment! I Love Ave Marias!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke!
One of my favorite sticks. The Ark has a great all round flavor and fine finish. Only downside is the short length; leaves you wanting another when you finish your smoke.
5 out of 5
Amen
One of the best. Great value. Will buy again and again.
5 out of 5
Good
all good
4 out of 5
President/CEO
Generally one of my favorites but the cigars were a little dry this shipment.
5 out of 5
Great smoke at a great price
I have smoked this brand before, "AVE MARIA ST GEORGE" and its a great smoke, made even better this time in that it was special priced in a combo form
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
My new favorite
5 out of 5
One of my favorite
Ava maria is a great cigar. Always smooth and full flavor and very well made. Good to great draw and long ash. Thanks for the sale prices.
5 out of 5
Excellent choice
Excellent choice
5 out of 5
stunning...
simply stunning. In fact, have yet to light an inferior Ave... My new bestest favorite line. Every one, regardless of the strength profile, is terrific.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
I'm loving them. One of the best purhases I've made in last couple of months
5 out of 5
Nice heavy cigar. Smoke stings
Nice heavy cigar. Smoke stings my eyes. Will order again.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria doesn't disaapoint
Fine cigar for the money. Burns well. Good taste.
5 out of 5
Great prices and great service
Always on time
3 out of 5
Dry
Dry apon arrival not moderately dry but crumbly dry hopefully my humidor can put some life back in to these solid smokes would recommend they are great smokes would be five stars if theyre werent falling apart
5 out of 5
Morning Star
Good cigar, good deal!
5 out of 5
Good smoke
I did a blind purchase and glad I did. I love this cigar and will buy again but next time a larger size.
5 out of 5
They are AVE MARIA . . . enough said!!!
They are AVE MARIA . . . enough said!!!
5 out of 5
Holly smokes
What a great smoke I have purchased them in the past and I have yet to be disappointed I recommend them highly
5 out of 5
Love AJ
Hope to always have these in the humidor. Perfect size for an afternoon stroll down by the river. Remarkable for the price.
4 out of 5
Nice smoke.
Nice smoke. No complaints. Burns evenly.
5 out of 5
Smoothe and tasty
Good all the way down to your fingers
4 out of 5
Smooth and Relaxing
A Great choice for a Great Smoke
5 out of 5
Nice!
I like all things AJ. This particular size for AVE MARIA is perfect. Great flavor, good even burn, perfect draw. I have smoked many of these, and every one was a winner! Nice with a late morning cup of coffee.
5 out of 5
A little disappointing.
I like the shape, but the cigars i received seem to be a little soft and light in weight. Along with that they start smoking a little hot past the half way point. The flavor is OK but not great. I would not buy them again. Win some lose some, that's what it's all about. Still Happy!
5 out of 5
Hail Mary
These cigars really hit the spot for me. They are a pleasure from start to finish. I'll be looking to purchase these again.
4 out of 5
A good med-full stick
This is a solid stick. Med-full in body, decent spice and just a little punch.
5 out of 5
Great 👍 a good choice
Great 👍 a good choice it’s a great go to cigar ,prices that ci has are good also.
5 out of 5
Review of Ave Maria Holy Grail
Liked them very much, although 3 of the 8 arrived split and flaky. They smoked alright after clipping them. I have found that I like the Ave Maria brand.
5 out of 5
Ave
Love the perfectos! Great flavor and great burn every time!
5 out of 5
Ava Maria
Very happy, excellent cigars
3 out of 5
Ave Maria Knights Templar
They were ok. Some of the cigars did not draw well.
5 out of 5
Great cigar at a good price
I’ve been a fan of Ave Maria Cigars for years. The Crusader is another good one in a full line of fine Cigars. Will buy again.
4 out of 5
ENJOYABLE
Pleasant smoke, enjoy an easy smoke.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria. Very nice full flavor.
You need to try Ave Maria if you prefer full, peppery powerful cigars.
5 out of 5
Very good
They are very good smooth smoke. Nice even burn, with lots of flavor
2 out of 5
Little to much pepper taste
Little to much pepper taste
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
Great Cigar
4 out of 5
St. George
Great cigars, one star down for being DOA (dry on arrival) other than than that good value for the money. Thanks for continuing to provide great values!
5 out of 5
Perfect Perfecto
A great little cigar. Awesome construction, easy draw, big clouds of smoke and a very even burn. Like all of the other Ave Maria cigars , a great value and an excellent smoke.
4 out of 5
Good to the last drop (puff)
I wondered about this cigar for a while just never got around to ordering them, big mistake. This is a great cigar and the place to order them, thanks.
5 out of 5
Love Knights Templar
The Knights Templar may be the perfect cigar for me personally. It hits all the right notes - size, flavor and consistency. Easy light and a smooth even draw. A long white ash. Medium to full body that is satisfying but never overwhelms. I've smoked a number of them now and only encountered a few minor issues. The sticks do seem very sensitive to proper seasoning. Just a little dry and they can crack slightly when cutting. Otherwise it is a terrific smoke from start to finish. A real winner at a reasonable price point.
4 out of 5
Mamma Maria
Ever since I tried these sticks out with my very first purchase on CI I have always been a fan. Personally my taste in cigars range from bold to mild it really does depend on if I'm drinking and/or eating and I can honestly tell you I have never been let down by this cigar. It is flavorful it is bold enough without being overpowering and I will definitely purchase the stick again. If you haven't had the opportunity to try it I definitely recommend that you do.
5 out of 5
FANTASTIC SMOKE!!
I truly enjoyed this stick. Full of flavor with a hit of peppery taste left on the palate. Will order more soon
5 out of 5
Excellent Cigar!!
Well made, great taste and perfect burn!
4 out of 5
Ave Maria st George I'll
Ave Maria st George I'll smoke em anytime. Good smoke
5 out of 5
Celebration Smokes in the High Desert
Had friends over to celebrate my belated birthday with a great bottle of Scotch, great choice, loved by all!
5 out of 5
Ava
Very nice cigar, great taste, burn, just the right size for an afternoon snack
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Morning Star
Good cigars, burn well, smooth and creamy. Only rated a 4 because I'm not crazy about short, nub style cigars
5 out of 5
Amazing
I will buy these again! Full bodied taste but still an Ave Maria! The five inchers are the perfect length. Still smoke about 45 minutes but whatta great time! A brandy cigar!
5 out of 5
Enjoyed every last one.
Enjoyed every last one.
5 out of 5
The first Ave Maria cigars that I have ever smoked.
They were great , I will probably order more in the future.
4 out of 5
Intricate with spiced flavors!
Enjoyable long cigar that tastes delicious.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Any AJ Fernandez are good smokes
5 out of 5
smooth operator
Great stick.... a pleasure all the way threw
4 out of 5
Pretty decent.
Solid smoke. I put it on the low end of medium. Great morning smoke with coffee.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria's Morning Star
Good Stuff. Especially the Reconquista
5 out of 5
Ava Maria Crusader
Delicious and perfectly made. The taste changes as the near perfect burn progresses. "Near perfect" because it is not razor sharp, but that is the only imperfection. The aroma is totally enjoyable not only for me but my wife as well. That taste I mentioned above has a great pure tobacco core and more as well. I keep smoking it to identify just what it is that keeps my attention. I wish I had purchased a longer size as I am always disappointed when I have to drop what is buy now only a stub. And then, I have to ask myself, do I want to light one more or make this box last as long as I can. I will be purchasing more soon.
4 out of 5
Great taste and value
Rewarding smoke that burns even and has a smooth finish. Thank CI for your quick delivery.
4 out of 5
Great cigar
well made, great taste, perfect burn for a good price
5 out of 5
Excellent cigar.
Excellent cigar.
5 out of 5
Second only to Padron
Second only to Padron
5 out of 5
A Great Slow Burner
An enjoyable smoke with very good construction, and a pleasing flavor profile. What else would you expect from the master A.J. Fernandez?
1 out of 5
Ave Maria St. George
I personally wasn't too big on the Ave Maria because it came off a bit bitter to me. It was part of a sampler in which I enjoyer everything else. I have however noticed there are different Ave Maria's out there and I'd be more than willing to try those instead of the St. George
5 out of 5
Classic CI
buy a box (at a healthy discount) get a 5pk free. How can I fight that? Great stogie, smooth, even, billious clouds of delightfully fragrant cigar amphora, no suprises...classic
5 out of 5
Nice
Nice
5 out of 5
AJ knows what he's doing...
This was the first time I'd decided to buy a box of anything from AJ Fernandez, and the decision came after watching a long documentary about his factory/farm on YouTube. Wasn't disappointed at all, these cigars are everything you'd expect- and well deserving of the beautiful box they came in.
4 out of 5
Very Good.
These were very good.
4 out of 5
Great cigar.
Great cigar, it is very consistent. It always has a great draw and it is very consistent.
5 out of 5
Awesome Cigar
The label caught my attention but the smoke itself is awesome. One of those smoke it until you burn your fingers kind of cigar.
5 out of 5
Always a good choice
Always a good choice
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Excellent cigar
4 out of 5
Good smoke s
Goodsmoke liked buying in Baulk helped in cost
5 out of 5
Ave Maria 5-pack
I liked this cigar a lot. Perfect burn and draw. Tons of smoke. Very complex with pepper, roasted peanuts, leather, biscuit, black coffee and coffee with cream. It fluctuated from medium to full bodied. I would purchase the Ave Maria again.
5 out of 5
The Holy Grail...
After trying the New World cigar by AJ Fernandez, I went on a quest for more of his blends and landed on the holy grail. Ave Maria is the perfect blend of toasty peppery medium to full bodied cigar. Burns great, ash is thick and white... will definitely keep these in my humidor for the long haul. Thanks CI!!!
5 out of 5
Always great
Ave Maria's are always a good smoke. They are always consistent with construction, draw, burn, and flavor. I mostly smog high and cigars from Cuba in Nicaragua, but I never mind or have any hesitation smoking one of these. Try the Divinia, that's even better!
5 out of 5
Great smoke at great price
Another CI great offer.
2 out of 5
Just OK didn't like it
Just OK didn't like it very much
4 out of 5
My second favorite, next to
My second favorite, next to a Genesis.
5 out of 5
Good stick
Good everyday smoke. Smooth taste and burns even.
5 out of 5
O Ya
I love when I can get my hands on Ave Maria's. Bought sampler and had 5 of these beauties in it. They are smooth and creamy and i smoked it to my fingers.
5 out of 5
gigars
good cigar great..
5 out of 5
In hoc signo vinces
Robust smooth flavor. Burns even with the prettiest whitest ash I have ever seen. I enjoy these sticks at any time will invest in more asap
5 out of 5
Knights Templar is my go
Knights Templar is my go to morning/daytime smoke.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria crusader, a great smoke
Great smoking cigar, even burn to the end
5 out of 5
I Love this STICK
Great stick smooth and for the price you can't beat it. The size makes for a great anytime stick. I will be buying this agaib
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Knights Templar
Smooth, without being weak. Flavorful, without being overbearing. Subtly enjoyable.
4 out of 5
It was alright
Great cigar for the price (on sale). Seemed a little one dimensional. Burn was great. Fairly strong on nicotine.
4 out of 5
Strong yet delicious. But be careful.
Stronger than it looks. Smokes well, and a nice flavor. Packs a lot of punch in that small cigar. It comes late too. Starts of nice and mellow, but picks up pretty good in the middle to end.
4 out of 5
I'd smoke one with The Creator
Great, Strong little stick. I'd buy it again.
5 out of 5
ave maria
top notch buy them guys
5 out of 5
Everything you could want in a cigar.
These are fantastic cigars straight from delivery. They have fantastic flavors, draw, and construction. They come in a great box. The box and tag alone are costly, throw in a great cigar and you have a good deal.
5 out of 5
thanks AJ Fernandez
Ave Maria is one of the finest smokes that I have stumbled on. I believe my first experience with them was your sampler called the Delicous Dozen ll. Combined with some Cohibas , RP Decades and La Herencias if I remember right. The Ave Maria was head and shoulders above the others. A very smooth smoke that belies the fact it's a medium full cigar (so I would suggest, not on an empty stomach). I have since tried other sizes, including the Holy Grail and the Morning Glory. I've smoked the Divinia, the Reconquista and the Argentum. Across the board they are possibly one of the finest cigars I've had the pleasure to enjoy. The consistency from the quality of the tobaccos to the construction Ave Maria's are a cigar I would never hesitate to offer to the pickiest of smokers. I almost forgot for something not as strong the Immaculata should fill the bill. The only other thing I can say about the Ave Maria is thank you AJ Fernandez!!!
3 out of 5
Like the cigar, just get a different size.
I've experienced inconsistency with this blend. I've had at least 3-4 5packs. At its best, it's a 4 star smoke. At its worse, it's a 2 star. When it's on point, it's medium strength with a short finish and quite tasty. But it's less reliable than other vitolas.
5 out of 5
A great smoke. A.J. Fernandez is a hands on Master Blender and doesn't put out junk. Most under rated Master Blender out there.
A.J. Fernandez ranks right at the top as a Master Blenderr. His sticks are vastly underrated and Ave Maria is no exception. I have never been disappointed in anything A.J. puts out and this stick is no exception.
5 out of 5
Gotta get!!!
Must purchase! No Brainer. Great smoke. Always burns and draws perfectly. So smooth. Nice 1 hour smoke!
5 out of 5
Get It!
Awesome stick. Very smooth and tasty.
5 out of 5
Don't miss out on this one!
The Lionheart has become one of my new favorites. Typically a Oliva Series V would be my first choice but now the Ave Maria Lionheart has closed in closely to the top spot. Had a five pack in the humidor (whynter cooler) for about a month and decided to give it a shot. Am I glad I did! The only problem...it left me wondering if I had found a new #1. Smooth, even and satisfying smoke from start to finish.
5 out of 5
Knights Templar
Let's face it. We've all tried LOTS of cigars. But for me, this is "it". The AV Knights Templar is the essence of taste, construction, size, and strength. Picked up a couple at the Hamburg store and haven't looked back. Do yourself a favor. Get some. Wait...maybe not. More for me!
4 out of 5
Consistant goodness
A very good gar. Always consistent quality, a ‘go to’ stick which burns evenly and produces a good volume of smoke. Never dissapointed me. Obviously I recommend it.
5 out of 5
Very satisfied
Very satisfied
5 out of 5
Love it
This is an amazing cigar!!!
5 out of 5
Worth the price
Got in a sampler and thoroughly enjoyed it to the nub. Nice flavor and never get harsh.
5 out of 5
Lionheart 5-pack
Fast shipping, looking forward to trying these out after a few months in the Humidor
3 out of 5
Cigar ok
Cigar end was dry
4 out of 5
Recent order
Nice, easy-to-use website! Good selection but too many cigars are backordered.
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
Ava Maria Morning Star has a great draw, burn and mild/med with an upscale look. Nice. Will be adding to humidor as a regular.
4 out of 5
Great for the Price
Good taste. Better than most cigars I have tried in this price range. Compares favorably to Ashton in my book.
5 out of 5
Andrea Bocelli
Beautiful cigar to look at let alone smoke. Easy draw throughout and a nice white ash. Very satisfying cigar to have after a hectic day. Precisely the reason I smoke good ones here and there, it makes me appreciate the good things that much more.
4 out of 5
A must try
A must try cigar. Great taste, construction and burn. The St. George is a perfect smoke for the golf course.
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
This is a great cigar. Great flavor, perfect draw and burn every time. Can't beat the price either!! This one will be a permanent resident in my humidor.
4 out of 5
Ark of the Covenant
Dry wrapper on arrival. Better after my humidor
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Crusader
Very nice cigar! Nice burn, nice ash and wondeful complex flavor! One of my new favs!
5 out of 5
Wonderful cigar
I've smoked a few Ave Maria Divinia's and wanted to expand into more of the brand so I picked up a 5 pack of Ave Maria. First observations - I like the Knight's Templar size, 6" x 48, not too fat and not too long. The construction (like every AJ Fernandez cigar I've picked up) was flawless, absolutely beautiful. Then I lit it up and things got even better. The burn was as perfect as the rest of it, and the flavor...oh, the flavor - that was the best of all. Pretty strong for a medium to full body, where the Divinia smokes like a medium, the Ave Maria packs a little bit of a punch. All good though, the flavors come through loud and clear - cedar, a hint of chocolate, and definitely earthy. Each puff is like opening presents on Christmas morning, wondering what joy the next puff will bring.
5 out of 5
Excellent cigar in every respect
I enjoyed the Ave Maria Divinia so much that I bought a 5 pack of Knights Templar. This cigar definitely did not disappoint. Construction and burn are first rate as you'd expect from an A.J. Fernandez cigar. Taste and flavor profile are excellent. While the strength of both the Divinia and Knights Templar are supposed to be medium to full, I found the Divinia smoked more like medium and this cigar smokes as full. It packs a bit of a wallop in fact. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
Instant favorite.
Notes of dark, dry chocolate and dark roast coffee. Simply DELICIOUS throughout the cigar. Very consistent. Not complex, but very delicious. In years of smoking,I've never had anything like it. I'm excited to try more Ave Maria cigars
5 out of 5
Fairly mild, good burn, smoked
Fairly mild, good burn, smoked down to my fingers ,no harshness at the end.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria!
My #1 go to cigar. The great taste one would expect from an Ave Maria. And the perfect length for an hour of relaxing on the back porch.
4 out of 5
Not a premium smoke but worth your money
Started a little Harsh(mixed with a pepper blast) in the beginning. Then a deep dark chocolate profile came through. Very Good all in all.
5 out of 5
Outstanding.
I'm 30 minutes in and have another favorite. I expected good and got great. Smooth, easy smoke with great flavor. Looking forward to another tomorrow.
5 out of 5
Ave Baby
And they are great!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Morning Star - a "star' indeed
While I usually do not samplel shorter cigars, this one is packed with flavor and has an easy draw. I recommend it as a morning cigar with coffee. Just clip, light and relax.
5 out of 5
AM Barbarossa
it is a very good cigar. Good tobacco, very well made, quite enjoyable.
4 out of 5
Good price good cigar
Very nice flavor profile and for a good price
5 out of 5
Great smoke
Bought this on a whim having never had an Ave Maria and am not in the least disappointed, this is a great smoke from start to finish with a nice even draw.
3 out of 5
I've had better
I didn't overly enjoy this cigar, but my friend did so we traded a few. I think I smoked 2-3 of them to give them a chance but never fell in love.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Awesome cigars. Have at least 2 a week. A must get for your humidor.
5 out of 5
Great flavor my go to cigar
My go to cigar. Smooth flavor burns well and good ash. These are the only cigar I buy that I don't share
5 out of 5
My Favorite go to Cigar.
I purchased a grab bag in the past and had two Ave Maria Knights Templar cigars in it and fell in love. I purchased this five pack two days ago and received my cigars today. Wow very fast shipping. Now for the cigar, I agree with what someone else said they seem to burn quick but that could be because they taste so smooth and creamy. I enjoy these will an adult beverage at night.
5 out of 5
My Favorite go to Cigar.
I purchased a grab bag in the past and had two Ave Maria Knights Templar cigars in it and fell in love. I purchased this five pack two days ago and received my cigars today. Wow very fast shipping. Now for the cigar, I agree with what someone else said they seem to burn quick but that could be because they taste so smooth and creamy. I enjoy these will an adult beverage at night.
5 out of 5
Nice pair with Coffee
Enjoying my 1st one out of the ten now Delicious. So far its been 45min and still burning can get a total of 1hr & 1/2 from it. Nice draw burns nice and even. Didn't have that peppery taste like the Knight Templer. Nice creamy smoke, sweet taste and a hint of chocolate, I'm a new at smoking cigars the retrohale is kinda strong not easy to do yet. Overall experience i really love it. A must buy. So far I'm enjoying it with a dark roast coffee and goes perfect
2 out of 5
Not my kind of smoke.
Had a bitter taste and was not like what I expected. Not sure how to describe it but I know I will not order these anymore....I am sure some people like this Cigar and that is good, just not for my.
5 out of 5
President
Excellent experience!
5 out of 5
Great cream flavor, no bitterness, heady effect is pleasing.
Flavorful but not overpowering. Very creamy flavor. Construction is solid but the ring gauge is too small. Tended to burn slightly too quickly but maybe that was just my desire to keep smoking it.
5 out of 5
Great and fast
First time user and my order arrived fast and cigar were fresh.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria morning star
Great Cigar, great burn,I'm on my second box.
3 out of 5
Not a happy camper
Both myself and a good friend had our smokes unravel after 2 minutes of lighting up, not what I expected as the remainder of the cigar also fell quite short of my expectation. Have to stay away for a while before I revisit an Ave Maria.
4 out of 5
love these cigars but...
...a few of them had some dry wrapper leaves that cracked
5 out of 5
Very Good
Enjoyed it very much - great smoke
5 out of 5
A Very Nice Smoke
Really enjoyed these, I will be ordering more!
4 out of 5
A Very Good Cigar
I will be ordering more!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
Great Smoke !!!!!! a must try
1 out of 5
Beware
Absolutely terrible. Overly bitter taste makes these unsmokeable
3 out of 5
Should be renamed NOHEART
Not a great cigar. Had one with 3 fingers of Angels Envy. Should have gone with Old Overholt for this one. Completely unremarkable. Like one of those obnoxious friends you had when you were a kid. O.k to hang out with for awhile, but then you just wanted to smack him so he would go home. Not a great burn, wrapped too loose. Couldn't wait for it to be over. I'll pass next time. I have two left, so I'll give them to someone I don't like.
5 out of 5
Tasty...
Nice Smoke!
5 out of 5
Ark of the covenant
It was a tasty cigar, all who tried enjoyed very much...
5 out of 5
MMAO Ave Maria Knights Templar
I purchased these through MMAO with free shipping. The bid/accepted price was exceptional. I received the Ave Maria Knights Templar within 5 days. They look great and after a resting period, I'm sure they will taste great. CI does it again, another satisfied purchase!
5 out of 5
Wonderful!
This stick is consistent, smooth, well balanced, and has a great burn. I seriously don't know what else you need?!
4 out of 5
Super Premium
New to premiums, I could immediately see and taste that I was slightly out of my league the first time with this one.. since I have had the Honor savor down several of these quality experience
4 out of 5
New Ave Maria customer.
Just started to smoke Ave Maria and liking them more and more with each smoke.
4 out of 5
Nice mild taste
This is a great cigar i will absolutely be buying more
5 out of 5
If Americas' political leaders' could
If Americas' political leaders' could deliver, on their political promises, to the standard Cigars International delivers on promises of quality and service - we almost would not need Congress anymore.
5 out of 5
My go to pull
I just plain love this cigar. I took a sampler of a half dozen different cigars on a week long ride. This was my winner and have been with it ever since. Delicious.
5 out of 5
It was a really smooth
It was a really smooth cigar with great taste and was strong till the nub.
5 out of 5
A favorite
I'm a new smoker and this is my favorite cigar at the 5 dollar range so far. The flavor is excelent and full bodied. The only negative (can be a positive) is the flavor doesn't change much throughout the cigar, but it is always solid
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Crusader
Well made, nice looking cigar with even burn and plenty of smoke. Started off a bit dry but developed quickly in to a tasty medium body smoke.
3 out of 5
Great in everyway except taste.
After reading all the hype and glowing reviews I was excited to pick up a box of Morning Stars on sale and have now smoked most of them. I'm sad to say that I haven't been that impressed. I'll say that I love the size and shape of the Morning Star and they are wrapped very well with a great draw. The taste leaves something to be desired for me. Overall just very peppery without much complexity. I've smoked them spaced out in the 6 months I've had them and they haven't improved with time spent in the humidor. I think I'll be passing the last two off to someone who will hopefully enjoy them more than I did.
2 out of 5
Extremely dry
Was unexpectedly disappointed. I've been a customer for many years and this was the first time I've had a bad experience. I was seriously considering going through the hassle of returning them.
5 out of 5
Awesome Cigar!
This is an Awesome Cigar!! I will buy more!!
4 out of 5
Great stick at a great price!
Fantastic construction and flavor, this is my go to stick!
5 out of 5
Outstanding stick.
This stick is constructed well, burns nicely and holds together tightly without the heat towards the end. I highly recommend it.
4 out of 5
Do not pass up
A great cigar and excellent value, if you have an opportunity to get some,DO it.
4 out of 5
Wanting just a little more.....
I've been wanting to try these for some time and finally came up on deal. Got them and a great price and happy with the delivery. Maybe it's me but I found that they were more of a mild to med. They burned nice, smoke was nice BUT I was wanting more with their flavor... Trust me I was really wanting to love this cigar but I felt a little disappointed from what I've been reading. Great reviews and that's what drove me to pick some up... I have a few more to smoke so I'm hoping maybe it was just that one... Don't get me wrong they are nice, but I think I'm just so use to a full bodied stick.
5 out of 5
DEH
Excellent cigar...has become a favorite....smooth draw and very pleasant taste.
4 out of 5
Very Good Perfecto
First half, great flavor,good burn. not a super finish, burn inside, hard to keep lit.
5 out of 5
Ark of Covenant
Smoked my first Ave Maria (Ark of Covenant) and it was amazing from the first draw to the last. Literally smoked until was on my fingers! Smooth from beginning until the end!! Would recommend this (already have to several friends) to everyone!! First class!!!
5 out of 5
Excellent Smoke
First class cigar. Everything I have smoked from Ave Maria is top shelf. Right up there with Montecristo.
1 out of 5
Holy grail bad choice
Bought the box and was very underwhelmed by how it arrived, cigars were coming apart at the ends and they looked like they had been left in the sun for a week, I bought several other boxes of cigars with no issues in the same shipment, seems like the construction was wanting
5 out of 5
awesome smoke
this was a great smoke from start to finish. will always have them in my stock of cigars
4 out of 5
Try one with cards and a bourbon
Interesting scent happening when it burns. An odd old world scent, like my grandparents house. But you wouldn't know that. After the first third, it calms down and is a lightly spicy, heavy tasting smoke. Great card game cigar and while I didn't like it with scotch, it goes great with bourbon.
4 out of 5
Great smoke!!
Great cigar...nice construction and even burn. Not a blow your head off powerhouse. It had just the right amount of spice and power to be fully enjoyed sitting by the fire after a long day. Give these a try!
3 out of 5
Ok.
Ok smoke. First box pressed cigar and last. Not a fan of the square mouth feel.
5 out of 5
One of my favorites!
Ave Maria has quickly become one of my top smokes! Always delivers a super tasty, medium body smoke. Couldnt recommend them any higher!
5 out of 5
Great value!
Everyone who smokes one of these with me keeps saying things like, "Man, this is a really good cigar." Or, "Oh my, where did you get these?" Just buy them.
5 out of 5
Abe Maria Crusader
Perfect cigar. Tastes, burns and draws like a quality cigar should.
5 out of 5
Ava Maria Knights Templar
Nice, mild-moderate smoke. Good flavor.
5 out of 5
Nice Cigar
One of my favorite cigars. Nice burn good draw and a very long ash. This cigar has plenty of flavor with a nice profile. Right out of the box I enjoyed them however a little time in the humidor WOW awsome. Give them a try you will like them.
5 out of 5
Wonderful cigar
Wonderful cigar
4 out of 5
Ave Maria - A true year for the pallet
I got introduced to this brand via the Mega Fat Boy sampler. I was expecting a harsh burn, but was surprised at one of the best smokes I have had in a long time. Several undertones of cherry, chocolate but good showing of a nutty tobacco. This stick produced Great smoke, decent ash, and a nice smooth draw from start to finish. Unlike most smokes that get harsh close to the end, these Ave Maria's Got better. A must add to you collection.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke for the price
Great Smoke for the price and a welcome addition to any humidor!
5 out of 5
Great cigar. Good shape and
Great cigar. Good shape and length, I smoke them down to a nub.
5 out of 5
Get this one by the box
This is a box-worthy cigar that I could smoke everyday. The 60 ring gauge is packed with a LOT of flavor. Don't change a thing!
5 out of 5
A New Favorite...
Honestly, the cigar band caught my attention first...however, this cigar has one of the smoothest draws I have experienced. The nuances of the Habano wrapper speaks of aromatic cedar and leather. The filler results in a medium smoke but feels like a full. Yet it smokes like silk. My advice is to order the larger size as you will want to enjoy this cigar as long as possible. I will be ordering many more and would recommend without reservation. Well worth the price.
5 out of 5
Great Cigar! Great Company!
I am unsure which you would like me to review, the cigar or CI. The cigar is my favorite! It is always consistent, easy draw and great flavor. In my book it is the best cigar for the money. I would like to see more "sales" on the Kiights Templar however{haha}.As for CI , I have been buying from you for over 5 years and have only been disappointed once and that was corrected with no problems. I will be ordering more Knights Templar Soon.
5 out of 5
Shipping and Packaging only
From order to arrival was 3 days, cigars came properly packaged and appear in perfect condition. The "lionheart" might be the most solid box press I've ever seen, perfect rectangular shape, similar to the AJ Fernandez New World. Gonna let them rest before lighting one up.
5 out of 5
Excellent medium body smoke
Beautiful medium body smoke that consistently delivers. As always CI delivers fast and for a good price
4 out of 5
Knights Templar
Very good cigar. Moderately priced, attractive label etc.
5 out of 5
5 stars
all I can say about these is.......they are a GREAT smoke!!!!!!!
5 out of 5
Buy it
Excellent cigar from start to finish
5 out of 5
NO HAZZLE
Very easy to order for my husband's birthday. Shipped right on time. Very convenient.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
I have loved these cigars every since you started selling them. One of the best.
5 out of 5
AVE MARIA ST. GEORGE
ONE OF THE BEST!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria lionhearted
Love this cigar . Well made ,good draw with lots of smoke . This is now my favorite , every day , cigar . Good value . I would recommend to everyone .
Customer Testimonials
Not bad, has good cut, draw, ash and burn. Is smooth; I would recommend it to anyone needing an everyday smoke. Thanks
This cigar is GREAT! I had my first just this past weekend (the Clermont), and I got to say I won't judge a cigar by size ever again. It was consistent and strong down to the nub. I will continue to buy this cigar and I highly recommend to anyone.
I was curious so I picked up a five pack. My feeling is that this cigar blasts your palate relentlessly with pepper. Just when you think you can't take it anymore, wham...here's another blast. Not for me.
Construction, burn, and complexity... all warrant a 92-94 rating. Flavor is superb, but there is zero spice or what I call pepper, so it fell short for my personal preference. If you like pepper, it's not for you, but if you enjoy great, smooth, complex tobacco without pepper, it's a must try. Gotta love AJ Fernandez these days. The man is on fire!
Spoke too soon!!!! Half way through it started to get spicier! Wow... The last half of this Knight Templer vitola was a solid 93 gents!
I bought a 5 pack of the Immaculata's and couldn't bring myself to share one with anyone. I smoked it down to the nub and got "blisters on me fingers!" My new favorite goto smoke anytime. Sweetness, excellent burn and smoke so thick my neighbor called the fire department. The wrapper is so stunning I had friends asking me for them.
New cigar smokers might want to approach with caution. Quick background - I received five Knights Templars with a combo pack and let rest in the humidor for only 7 days before curiosity got me. I'm writing this after having the first. As a new cigar guy (roughly 6 months) who gravitates toward milder cigars, I guess I just didn't dig it much. To be sure, it is a beautiful stick and I love the band, and hopefully an adequate amount of time in the humidor will help. But this kind of reminded me of my first swig of scotch. It might have been the finest scotch one could hope to find, but ooh-wee it's not really "good" until the drinker gets used to scotch. I'm sure the same is true of these pricier, medium to full-bodied cigars. But, for now, I'm sticking with my most reliable cigar. Believe it or not (and don't you laugh at me), the "CI Knock Off - Macanudo" robusto is, for me, the best yet!
I bought these on a CI reduced price special. Normally, they go for more than this working family man would be comfortable spending. I should have bought a case. These are truly beautifully made cigars. The colorful gold label is an exquisite work of art. You immediately notice the perfect wrapper and the aroma before lighting. Your visual and olfactory senses are stimulated before even lighting up. A great smoke. Burns even and consistently. Very easy draw. Some pepper on the palate, but not too much. You hit the sweet spot just after removing the wrapper for the last third. Enjoyable right to the end. Now if they'd offer another special...
With the current price drop on Ave Maria, I picked up two boxes. These are an every day type smoke for me. If you enjoy a good medium strength cigar, Ave Maria is for you.
I got the Arc of the Convenant 4.5X60 in the CI Fat Camp sampler. What a great stick. I would have to say it is one of two cigars that I fell in love with out of that sample. This is a cigar that you don’t have to fight with to enjoy. It carries a med-full flavor and is one of those cigars that you wish just would not end. It had a great draw and burn all the way to the fingers. I would highly recommended to anyone who likes a med to full cigar. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Update on an earlier review : You're going to be tempted to smoke one right off the truck. Don't do it. I tried and was really not impressed with this cigar. It had a decent flavor, good burn and all that, but nothing special. A few weeks in the humidor changed that. Rich, flavorful, creamy, leathery, bit of spice. I know you're going to try one anyway, all I can say is, put the rest in your humidor and your patience will be rewarded.
Great smoke! Don't let the small size trick you, this is easily an hour and 20 min stick that delivers great taste and a smooth draw all the way down 'til your fingers are burning. Be careful, lighting one may mean you light another one over and over again.
Shout out to my hometown friends in Bethlehem, Pa. Calypso Westsider, Liberty HS class of '79. Great cigar. Perfectly constructed, perfect burn wonderful taste that was smooth start to finish. I don't get all the nuances to describe like some, but it is one of my favorites so far. To me what I expect from a cigar, no negatives whatsoever. Highly recommend. Can't beat CI for service and price. I know where I'm heading next time I'm in Pa. to visit my family.
I place several orders a year with CI and I always make sure the order includes some Ave Maria's. The new Immaculata is fantastic. I just wish there was an ash tray available. :)
A medium-bodied delight for the senses! AJ is on top of his game with this superior blend, from the Equador Habano wrapper to the Honduran/Nicaraguan long filler. Built heavy & chock full of the flavors of oak, cinnamon & a unique sweet spice, you won't soon forget. Strong enough for even a fullhead like me, yet smooth enough to tempt the mildest smoker's palate. Mid/high priced shapes abound in this line, my personal favorite the 8 bone belicoso called St. George. Well worth a try, it sits proudly next to my Alec Bradley medium offerings like Tempus, Nica Puro & Retreat. Ave Maria stands up to all those fantastic blends. Always looking for a deal on these. Deserves 90+ ratings.
A fantastic cigar with an excellent draw. These are a staple cigar in my collection.
This is my new favorite. Smooth and creamy, but strong enough to satisfy this old man! Well made and stays lit, I give it a solid 92 in my book of stogies.
The sheer volume of reviews, mostly very enthusiastic, tells me that Ave Maria is making its way into a lot of humidors. It is a departure from the normal treatment Mr. Fernandez gives to his corojo clad offerings. The St. George belicoso sports a light brown Equadorian wrapper covering a 6" X 52 body that is jam packed with Nicaraguan & Honduran long fillers. The eye-catching construction & medium bodied/full flavored taste profile are what we have come to expect from AJ. True, that many of his other boutique blends are more full bodied than Ave Maria, but don't mistake this dip in power for a lack of complexity or strength. It delivers on both counts. Cedar, leather, various spices & a palate coating pepper component are in play for the duration. A nice deviation from my penchant for super strong blends like Diesel or Prensado. With an ash that clings like glue & a cool, even burn, expect 60 minutes of enjoyment. For mildheads it is a good introduction to bolder blending, while fullheads should enjoy the way Ave Maria manages to satisfy even the most jaded palate, while remaining medium bodied. I like it a lot & believe you will too. An enthusiastic 91/100 makes Ave Maria another 90+ must try from one of the world's finest cigar makers.
I'm not going to say I taste fruits, trees, dirt, or coffee. My palate isn't that refined. But I will say, if you want a good tasting cigar at a price you won't mind sharing a few with the buddy who never seems to have any when he drops by, this is the one for you.
Having my first Templar !! Wow such a great smooth cigar. Such a even burn with very nice white ash with plenty of body and flavor.
Wonderful smoke! One of my favorites.
Definitely one of the best cigars I have smoked. Really well constructed, great smell, not bitter at all. The double corona is a really good size. I'm sold
The ark of the covenant is a really good smoke. Got it the fat camp sampler.
This is another of my go to sticks. Medium to full in body's, great construction and it always burns clean to the nub. Oh..and I personally think the band is one of the most beautiful bands on the market for what's its worth. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Very pleasant medium body smoke. Burns well, so easy to keep cool and flavorful. Can't afford to smoke these at full price, but will definitely pick them up when available for around $3 per stick like in the "Build Your Own" sampler.
I bought the sampler box to give these a try...they are out standing! Looking forward to finishing them so I can pick a favorite and order a box!
Beautiful cigar and very tasty.
Got 5 Knight's Templar as part of the Build Your Own sampler. So far have smoked two after letting them settle down in my humidor for a few weeks. The first one had a half inch wrapper rip in the foot and tasted like charcoal for the first two inches. The second was surprisingly different. No harsh charcoal taste, but the wrapper came apart in two or three places during the smoke. The taste is pleasantly medium without being able to distinguish "flavors." The cigar is less than firm to the touch. Not sure what I think about these. I wouldn't buy them at full price in boxes, but at $3.00 apiece in samplers, I'll probably continue to buy for a little while. I find some of the rave reviews puzzling. This is an OK cigar, but it appears to be hyped beyond its value.
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!!!
How the heck is this cigar not rated? This is firmly in my top 3. I'd give it a 93 rating.
well i gotta say, this cigar is im·pec·ca·ble in every way and if you pair it with A&W Aged Vanilla Root Bear...I think its illegal. lol I have to hide these from my friends
I'll try all kinds of cigars, ones that are $0.75 a stick to $30.00+ a stick. I tried the Ave Maria Lionhearts just for a new cigar to try and in my own opinion this is one of the best cigars I have ever had. It is my favorite stick to light and it is always my go to cigar. Its like it only gets better the farther down it burns. I always burn my fingers on these.
this has become my favorite cigar only beating out the diesel by a hair...AJ you rock man!!!!
Every time, and I mean every time, I light one of these a passing woman tells me how good they smell. They haven't got me laid yet but I keep lighting them and waiting. Should that happen you can bet I'll be ordering by the case.
A brilliant smoke, after trying one from a sampler I had to purchase a box because of my desire to have more. Beautiful wrapper with notes of earth, pepper, and a slight nuttiness. More medium bodied then full during the smoke. The first few puffs may be fuller along with the last few close to the nub. Every single stick I personally have smoked always has contains a solid white ass and an even burn. Never disappointed with the flavor, each stick has been close to the last and they get better with age so throw them in the humi! Ave Maria has become the everyday cigar for myself even though they are slightly more pricey then the competitors, worth every cent.
Not sure what to say. I kind of wanted these and my wife got me a box for Christmas. Of course I had to make a big deal to her, but I am not impressed. I prefer a good Romeo or something like that. These just didn't grab me. I thought it would be like smoking something heavenly but it was just a spicy smoke.... Not worth the cost. They do have a decent burn though. Another thing. I see guys here talking about how these or others are not as good off the truck as so many months in the humi, but as for my box, they were boxed in January of 2012, so that means they were in the box for almost TWO YEARS before I got them. How would having them in your personal humidor matter when they have been resting for that long inside a cedar or cedaresque lined box for that long anyway?? I really wanted to like Ave Maria. They are good smokes, well constructed, burn well, but just not worth the premium price or the hype. They're just a good cigar, not a great one.
Okay.....so I broke the rules and smoked one as soon as they arrived. That's right, and I'm not sorry. This cigar was superb from the minute I opened the box. Very nice feel, solid construction. Has a nice aroma before the light. Started out with a very relaxing creamy taste. There were some very nice flavor changes all the way. I would say it's a medium body, but never harsh. I never had to take the lighter to touch it up. Nice even, slow, cool burn. Can't wait for them to age a bit in the humi........but on this cigar, you can cheat.
I tried the Ave Maria last year, and thought, "WOW, THIS IS AWESOME!" This cigar is everything that everyone says it is. The only words that do it any justice are "PURELY DELICIOUS." I wanted to make them a special event cigar, but can't hold back that long. I love this smoke! It's pure torture waiting till my next Ave order comes. If you haven't tried one yet, then you are definitely missing out.
No review could ever do this cigar justice. I smoked the Holy Grail, and it was about as close to it's namesake as a cigar can get. The depth of flavor, the draw, everything about this cigar was excellent. Freud said "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar", but this one transcends into a religious experience. Sitting with this cigar and your thoughts is truly liberating. I am at a loss for any other words except "Buy a box. It is impossible to pass up such a wonderful experience."
Just tried my first St George. It's unreal. I will be ordering plenty more. Already told the lady about the wooden taster box for Christmas. I've earned it!
This is phenominal cigar at a pretty decent price. This is one that I would love to smoke every day. Definitely adding it to my Top 10 list.
This is a great smoke. Really was surprised and enjoyed
Have you tried Ave Maria yet? If you haven't do it today...one of my all time favorites especially if you like a medium cigar. Never had a bad burn in any boxes, very well done!
GREAT CIGAR, full of flavor.
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful cigars I ever held. Perfectly constructed. Lit easily. Ash will hang on until I knock it off. Burns evenly, with lots of smoke. Only problem is this cigar tastes like a campfire. I don't know what people are talking about when they give this cigar big hype. Perhaps they are trying to justify spending way too much money on a clear loser of a product, or they are novice smokers and are just following what someone else had to say. Save your money and purchase a more proven cigar. And let's remember, just because something is pretty, that doesn't mean it will make you happy!
One of the finest cigars I've ever had the pleasure of smoking. Fine construction, great burn and draw. But the best thing is the taste of this cigar. Just delicious. Tip of the hat to Ave Maria and CI nation!
I can only describe this stick as wonderful. It starts off with a spicy that hits you in the front of your throat, then mellows a bit as you get into it. Its definitely not a mild, nor a powerhouse, except in flavor. Its complex and enjoyable from start to finish. I find it has a nutty finish with a sweet draw. By far one of my absolute favorites!! I've smoked them through 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan and this smoke is a genuine escape. I love them any time of day. Its heavy in the hand and very well rolled with tons of tobacco. I would reccomend these to anyone, Im partial to the belicoso because i snip them shallow to get a concentrated draw, I love chewing on these every inch of the way. I even find it hard to discard the nub. A good chew, and a GREAT smoke. You wont be dissapointed!!
Even after several weeks in the humidor, these taste very "green" and "young". Not sure what all the fuss is about....
This cigar (Ave Maria, TORO) is nearly perfect. Great amounts of thick tasty smoke, easy draw, even burn and the darn thing is a down right beautiful stick. The construction is flawless in my opinion. For the price this is an everyday cigar with no sacrifice to quality or taste. Three weeks at 69% humidity and you and your mates will be in cigar paradise.
If you want a good medium cigar at a decent price, look no further than Ave Maria. I prefer the Knights Templar toro size.
I am a full cigar fan. I recently smoked an Ark of the Covenant and it blew my pants off. It was kind of unremarkable other than the fact it kicked my pants right off. The flavors don't mature over the cigar, but that being said it was a good, smooth smoke. I think it's closer to a fuller cigar than a medium, but to each his own. It's definitely a sit down and smoke cigar. The best deal I would say is if you can get one in a sampler or special....
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 .
A very nice smoke for the price. The ash was a little more loose than I had hoped for, but certainly on par with many other brands. For the price, this is a smoke you simply must have in your humidor.
Ark of the Covenant (gordo) (4.5"x60)...A great fat little cigar. My only complaint is the gorgeous, but huge band. I hate it when you take off a band and it breaks the wrapper. MAKE THE LABEL SMALLER SO THE GLUE IS AT THE NUB OF THE CIGAR WHERE IT BELONGS! Then, if it breaks the wrapper, it will be at the nub, not halfway through the cigar.
Barbarossa (churchill) (7.0"x48)...Sitting here still sucking on my stogie. The ash finally fell off at 2". What a fantastic cigar. Started out mild with a little spice. Picking up in flavor as it burns. WOW...I really like this cigar!
Just finished my third Ave Maria and the conclusion is A++++++. A little pepper when first lit, then comes the spice, not the spice that gives you a headache or makes you oozy, very nice clean spicy taste, kinda sweet. The last half of the cigar becomes quite a bit more flavorful slowly losing the spice and ending up kind of like a Hair of the Dog, but not as strong. A beautiful cigar with a nice slow burn. I like it!
Started off this morning with an Ave Maria, big mistake. Now I am spoiled for the rest of the day. The cigar is that good. Great draw...great burn...great flavor! What more could you ask for?
PHENOMENAL! ....Ave Maria is at the top of my cigar list for spectacular smokes. My boy and I had to try some after we read the reviews here on CI from all the other cigar company execs, so we ordered a 5 pack of the Charlemagnes (we like to enjoy a nice, long smoke). For such a huge stoge, the flavor was consistent throughout, and it was excellent, to say the least. I will definitely be ordering more of these babies soon, possibly the sampler pack and see which size I like the most. Regardless, Ave Maria has a nice little Protestant boy considering saying a Hail Mary. Hats off to this brand, and to CI for the great reviews and pushing it.
I just finished smoking an Ave Maria St. George. A very good cigar. Draws and burns well. I smoked it to about 1.5" with no bitter taste nearing the end. I received this in the Angrier Men sampler. Will have to buy more in the near future.
One feels the need to make up a word to describe these. Fantastical....
Well I gave them a shot and I enjoy them, but for all the hype that these receive, I just don't get it. I admit the box and wrappers are highly attractive and the smoke is decent, but I have to agree with the .270 hitter comment, they're just nothing other than decent.
Just finished my 2nd smoke and I cannot say enough about how good this cigar is! Has that nice full flavor that creeps down your throat and it maintains a good amount of spice even after the halfway mellow point...This is a must have in my humidor from now on.
Ave Maria Lionhearts have become a favorite of mine. I got them in a sampler and decided to smoke one at the VFW with some friends. This is by far in my Top 10 favorite cigars.
While this isn't the best cigar I've ever had, it is probably the best $6 cigar I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Bravo. Got five in a sampler a few months back. After smoking 3 of them, I decided I had to order a full box.
As an intermediate smoker who has sampled a wide variety of cigars, I have to say this is an impressive cigar for the money. Nice even burning with a nice smoke. The draw is a bit light compared to others in the same range but not at all a hinderance. Flavor is a medium leather with a very light hint of pepper followed by clean wood. Smooth but not so much so youre unable to distinguish the smoke and flavor. The cigars themselves are aesthetically pleasing with its wrap and the leaf itself. Overall I found it to be very enjoyable.
OMG! These are the best cigars I ever tried. I always make my own samplers because trying to find my brands is tough, but the last 2 days I've been enjoying the Ave Maria and wow! So smooth, so well blended. I recommend it A++
I am a novice cigar smoker, but from the top cigars I managed to get my hands on, this is surely in my top 5 hands down. I tried the Lionheart from the build your own sampler. Its a medium smoke that tastes great, has a nice, easy draw that creates a pleasant cloud of smoke. I've recommended it to "experienced" smokers at a private club I currently work at, and they thanked me for introducing them to this fine product.
I just purchased a box of 8 salomons and 5 of them had cracked heads from the point right up to the cigar band. This came with a free 10 pack which were in perfect shape. Boxes are not opened before shipping for inspection. As far as the flavour, I smoked churchills aged six months and was not overly impressed with flavour or complexity. Maybe a smaller ring gauge would bring out a stronger flavour on the wrapper. My personal favourite is the special edicion man of war, it has a great taste profile with leather, coco,and is refined and balanced with strength.
I normally smoke full bodied & flavored cigars in the Robusto size. Saw a freebie deal on Ave Marias. 10 free Salomans w/box order. Ordered a box of Crusaders. I like Aves well enough, but was very surprised at the Holy Grail's (Saloman) oomph from the get go. Great smoke! Like it even better in the larger size. Thanks for the great deal CI!
I just had my first St. George and my first Ave Maria. By George I think you've got a winner here. Definitely on the full side, somewhere between a Rocky Patel 15th anniversary and a Gloria Cubana Series R. Had a great draw and burn, a steady smoke all the way to the end. Already adding these to my list of go to cigars.
I'm pretty new to cigar smoking, so like most I've been buying samplers. I got 2 Ave Maria Knights Templar in the Delicious Dozen II (amazing) and they were probably my favorite. I have since had some big name cigars (Oliva, Cohiba, Rocky Patel, La Herencia to name a few) and the Ave's have remained my favorite. I'll try more brands, but can't wait to order more of these. They have a smooth draw, great taste and after taste, and a nice ash. Incredible cigar.
I got 5 of the Lionhearts through the build-your-own sampler, and at first drag, I was disappointed. I always look forward to new flavors from cigars, but this one just tasted a little airy. About a 1/2 inch into though, it got pretty good. Mild, smooth, easy to smoke, it's everything I heard that it was. Not really any special flavors that I could tell, but definitely no bad tastes either. It's my LT's new favorite cigar after I sadly parted with one through a trade for an unnamed Nicaraguan. Definitely worth it for special occasions, but a little too pricey to be an everyday cigar
I don't know what or why it took me so long to try one of these? A buddy gave me one and I was so impressed....That I ordered a box that night! That was 3 boxes ago. I just ordered my 4th of the Crusador and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. A well rolled Medium bodied Cigar that for the money. You just can't beat. As so many others have pointed out the level of complexity is just fantastic. So many makers strive for this type of Cigar. And fall way short. If you have any doubts about trying these? Don't. Order a 5 pack. I'll bet you order a box before your done with it! Hell. Maybe like me. Before the first ones finished!
If you like smoking the Monte Cristo #2, but cringe at paying the price, the Ave Maria St George is just as good, if not better! For the past 2 years, I've handed these cigars out to clients who have complimented on the quality of the cigar and many have become loyal Ave Maria customers!
I absolutely love these cigars. They are every bit as good as you've heard. Great smoke.
Just got 5 of these in a sampler and tried one right off the truck. Very smooth, nice burn, good flavor, but not complex. Hopefully some time in the humidor will improve them.
Can't say anything that hasn't already been said. I can just say that these are one of my favorite cigars. Not too mild, not too heavy. Good all around. Treat yourself.
This is an AWESOME cigar, not only do I think the lighter and band is cool, it's definitely in my top 3 favorites right now
With all it's hype I expected much more than I received. I found this stick to be nothing more than an expensive lawn mowing cigar. The construction and burn was top notch' however the taste was flat and boring. No complexity at all. Sorry, I know i'm in the minority here but...
Bought a box of Churchills a few weeks ago, and have been waiting until New Years Eve to light one up. What a magnificent cigar. Great flavors, solid construction, and an even burn line all the way down to the nub. I'll make sure I always have some of these around.
I'm not as good as others when it comes to the different flavors that dance around on their palate while smoking certain cigars. However, I'm far from a novice when it comes to knowing good cigars. The Ave Maria 6 X 54 gives you plenty of smoke time, and remains smooth all the way to the finish. This is a cigar that is a pleasure to smoke, and one that doesn't have to be manicured while smoking. With it's long ash, even burn, huge smoke clouds, and the simple beauty of it's looks. Creates a cigar experience found in only a select few, found at higher dollar amounts. If full in body, you will never know it due to no sign of harhness on the palate. If you enjoy a cigar for the good tobacco, and a slight hint of spice you will enjoy the Ave Maria.
Great tasting medium smoke with some pepper in the first inch or so. I saw a few reviews that say too much pepper. It really does taste great though, it has a very nutty taste that I couldn't get enough of. HOWEVER, these sticks (at least the 6 I had) had some construction issues. They are extremely delicate too...I don't give my two cents on anything be it booze or beer unless I've had several tastes, and I just think Ave Maria's are good but not great. Try the fat camp sampler to get some great sticks and to try 3 Ave Marias if you desire.
One of the tastiest cigars I've had, but the uneven burn is a little irritating.
This cigar has one of most attractive wraps I have seen. Once lit, the oils come oozing out. Medium strength and full flavored in an underlying way. Very creamy with a touch of spice and pleasant nutty aromas. Too mild for me to finish the day but a great way to start it off.
After reading all the positive reviews, I decided to try a 5-pack of the Lion-heart Box Pressed. The big green truck finally arrived seven weeks ago with my box of treasures. I decided to smoke one right off the truck and that may have been a mistake. The construction was flawless with a fantastic aroma. Too much pepper for me and I really did not enjoy the smoke. The burn was even and did not go out after sitting for 5 minutes unattended several times. I tried another today after seven weeks in the humidor. I will tell you that the cigar had mellowed out tremendously. The pepper was completely gone, taste was mild to slightly moderate with lots of smoke. Honestly, I enjoyed the smoke....The taste remained the same until the last inch when it got a little bitter. I may order again, but there are plenty more smokes available at CI that are more sophisticated and much cheaper.
Absolutely Love Ave Maria's. Usually I pick them a 5 pack at a time. I finally broke down bought a box of 20 crusaders, that came with 5 Cohiba red dots and a lighter. Loved that deal so much I reordered and just yesterday got in a box of Ave Maria Reconquista- so much beauty inner coffins and surrounded by leaf. I must say I usually smoke Macanudos and Cohiba Red dots, but I am falling in Love with Ave Maria.
I really wanted to enjoy these. I love the band and the great reviews given them had me looking forward to trying them. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with them. They were too loosely rolled. Even a friend of mine tried one and he said it was like smoking a cigarette. The slightest inhale (suck) and my mouth was filled with smoke. I punch, so it's the same for every cigar I smoke. It was an even burn but very fast. I am hoping to try another one from a different batch to see if the 5 I got was from a bad batch.
I'm a big fan of the re-review, so here we go. Wanna know how good this cigar is? First of all, know that I only buy decent cigars. Second, I've recently