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Ave Maria Immaculata

The "Immaculata" conception

Another instant hit from master cigar blender AJ Fernandez, a man whose portfolio of hits reads like the All Star Team of cigars....if such a thing existed. This is a kinder, gentler, mellower Ave Maria, and is well suited to most any taste preference. Only take this on if you’re in the market for delicious, smooth flavors from start to finish.

Ave Maria Immaculata is awash in splendor. At hand, a golden brown and silky-smooth Ecuador Connecticut wrapper ensconces a well-aged blend of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers for a taste that will satisfy your every whim. Mellow to medium in body, this high-end handmade caresses the palate gorgeously with notes of cream, cedar, white pepper, caramel, toasty tobacco, and a rich, aroma of baked bread. The taste of this masterpiece lingers long after your last puff.

Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Belicoso (6.0"x54)
Box of 20 In Stock $185.00
save $40.0122% off
$144.99
Belicoso (6.0"x54)
Pack of 5 In Stock $46.25
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$41.00
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Box of 20 Backordered $175.00
save $35.0120% off
$139.99
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Pack of 5 In Stock $43.75
save $4.7511% off
$39.00
Gordo (6.0"x60)
Box of 20 In Stock $205.00
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$164.99
Gordo (6.0"x60)
Pack of 5 Backordered $51.25
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$46.00
Robusto (5.0"x52)
Box of 20 In Stock $145.00
save $30.0121% off
$114.99
Robusto (5.0"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $36.25
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$32.50
Toro (6.0"x50)
Box of 20 In Stock $165.00
save $35.0121% off
$129.99
Toro (6.0"x50)
Pack of 5 In Stock $41.25
save $4.2510% off
$37.00
Overall Rating 4.64 out of 5 Based on 167 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Ave Maria Immaculata”

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5 out of 5
fantastic
A fantastic smoke. But, what else would you expect?
5 out of 5
Do I like Ave Maria Immaculata cigars call?
After dinner, and after a long day, I put on my smoking jacket and sit in my man cave with a good book a shot of bourbon and a cold beer and enjoy.
5 out of 5
Good cigar
Good cigar
5 out of 5
I would recommend this to all new cigar smokers
This is a wonderful cigar. I would recommend this to all new cigar smokers! Nice mellow smoke with good aroma and body for a mellow cigar. Not bitter on the tongue or mouth.
5 out of 5
I would rate these as
I would rate these as a 4.7, but that wasn't an option
4 out of 5
Great smokes. Burned nice and
Great smokes. Burned nice and even with great flavor. Will buy again
4 out of 5
Smooth long easy smoke
Smooth long easy smoke
5 out of 5
Enjoyable
Good smooth smoke. Nice even burn all the way through. I’d buy more!
5 out of 5
Ave maria immaculata
Smooth and tasty. Well made cigar
5 out of 5
good smoke for the price
good smoke for the price
5 out of 5
A ve GREAT
Great smoke.
5 out of 5
Wonderful
Freeway taste, lots of pepper. Very, very well made
4 out of 5
Consistent
Very nice cigar. Well rolled and not too tight.
5 out of 5
One of my favs!
Always a great smoke. Great draw, burns evenly, no complaints here.
5 out of 5
Best Connecticut
Tastes and smokes perfect. Creamy and balanced.
5 out of 5
Fine cigar!
Smooth and flavorful. I'll be ordering more.
3 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata
The draw was okay. Nothing special about the taste compared to other obvious Aves I've smoked. Medium mild but very Bland
5 out of 5
Great smoke
First time trying these. Nice draw with plenty of smoke. Nice ash and even burn throughout. Would recommend it to friends.
3 out of 5
Average
It was decent. I bought em on sale, so it was a good deal at the time.
5 out of 5
Nice
Nice mild smoke.
4 out of 5
Nice, a little stronger than
Nice, a little stronger than advertised
5 out of 5
A better Connecticut
More than mild as advertised. Great taste and burn on multiple purchases. I'd say the profile is nuts and cedar.
5 out of 5
Immaculate!
Right up there with a Gurkha Symphony-perfect mild cigar
5 out of 5
Ave Maria ammaculata
This cigar burnt well and it has a nice mild flavor.
5 out of 5
good selection, quick delivery
good selection, quick delivery
5 out of 5
good smoke
relaxing smoke ve
5 out of 5
Ava Maria
Awesome smoke great flavor and great burn.
4 out of 5
I likee
I likee
5 out of 5
One of my "go to" cigars.
Consistent quality and great flavor are just two of the reasons I keep the humidor stocked with these beauties.
5 out of 5
A very nice cigar
A very nice cigar
5 out of 5
Fantastic smoke.
Great smoke awesome medium cigar. Wish the sampler I got it in was still available
5 out of 5
Great
Great
5 out of 5
Ava Maria
It's awesome with a glass of Bourbon. I like the way they compliment each other. Great smoke 😁🤙
5 out of 5
Beautiful and Satisfying
Let's face it, I love all of Ave Maria's cigars and this one is no exception. Great full bodied flavor and beautiful burn. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
4 out of 5
Nice
Nice smoke let site in humi for a week after getti g is best
5 out of 5
cigar
very pleased, burns good and even, would like to try 6x60 size
4 out of 5
Pretty good on sale
Pretty good on sale
4 out of 5
Excellent cigar
Nice taste, burn, smoke. They are a little too full for my taste, but I prefer med-full. Slightly on the expensive side - I only buy when on sale or part of a package.
5 out of 5
Good
Good
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
The Ave Maria Immaculata is a great cigar down to the little nub. Great taste and never bitter down to the last inch.
3 out of 5
Average
Average
5 out of 5
A fan
Always a great smoke.
4 out of 5
Review
I like this smoke as a nice mild change of pace....
5 out of 5
Ava Maria Immaculata Belicoso
Great draw and even burn great with a little Jack.
4 out of 5
Great flavor a little too
Great flavor a little too loosely rolled but I like it.
4 out of 5
Very nice smoke
I got these as part of a build your own sampler and am glad I did. They have a good flavor and good construction to produce a nice even burn/ash.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata belicso
Very smooth and easy smoke. Just a little on mild side. Nice even burn. A little stronger and it would be a five. Highly recommended.
3 out of 5
Draws decent, burns well overall
Draws decent, burns well overall a good cigar.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria immaculata
Smooth great ash nasal burn minimal Glad I got in a sampler makes me want to try the whole family
5 out of 5
Great light smoke
I got these sticks in a sampler and all 5 of these proved to be a great light summer smoke. Smooth and burned even. I thought they were just going to be a middle of the road everyday smoke but they proved to be a much better quality. I will be exploring more of this brand in the future
5 out of 5
Great Smokes
A good smoke from start to finish. Mild and enjoyable.
5 out of 5
Real good smoke
Real good smoke
5 out of 5
Mild and flavorful
Nice cigar. Pleasant, full of flavor and mild to boot. Thanks and good job.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Tasty, smooth, well made cigar.
5 out of 5
They're good - mild.
They're good - mild.
5 out of 5
Good mild cigar
Good mild cigar
5 out of 5
AH, yes, Ave Maria Immaculata!
Consistant, smooth and most enjoyable mild stick.
5 out of 5
5 star
Excellent
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Just a good cigar. What more do you need?
5 out of 5
Immaculate!
I remember they hype leading up to Ave Maria coming to the market. I was ordering out of CI catalogs back then and every issue, there was more hype over a "new comer". Three or four issues later (I believe) the identity of the stunning, down right sexy new comer was revealed. I leaped! And boy was the hype accurate! What we have here, is simply a fine cigar. A smooth and buttery stick, with nutty and earthy undertones. Buy it. You will NOT be disappointed!
5 out of 5
Great, smooth cigar
Great, smooth cigar
5 out of 5
Very light
I’ve been enjoying the Ava Maria’s. It was a random buy They good light cigar for that 2nd cigar of the day if your not used to having more than one but want one usually smoke undercrown sand they complement each other The band is cool to !
4 out of 5
Imacculata is Immaculate
Good smoke, smoothe through and through
3 out of 5
Ava Maria Cigars
I didn’t feel that the cigar was particularly smooth or flavorful. Burned hot and didn’t leave a good finish. I thought it was just okay.
4 out of 5
Good Cigar
Very nice draw and flavor.
5 out of 5
love em
love em
3 out of 5
Not bad
Smokes well, nice firm wrapper, not oily at all. Started off kind of rough, had a very peppery taste, but smoothed out after the first third. Actually thought the last third was the most enjoyable. It was an OK smoke, but not something that I would probably buy again.
2 out of 5
Was ok
No taste
5 out of 5
Very smooth
Long relaxing smoke very smooth
5 out of 5
A Place to buy.
Good cigars, to enjoy everyday.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
I love everything about this cigar, great smoke even the cigar band.
3 out of 5
Review
Love the size but rather harsh. Must be Nicaraguuan.
5 out of 5
I like Ave Maria but
I like Ave Maria but seldom find good deals on them. the cost of 102 for 30 was an excellent price had to pull the trigger.
4 out of 5
smooth and not too harsh
smooth and not too harsh
5 out of 5
5 Stars
A great anytime cigar. Also, as usual, you can't beat the CI price.
5 out of 5
Perfect- great smoke
Perfect- great smoke
5 out of 5
Immaculate gordo
Great cigar as usual at a extraordinary cost
4 out of 5
good smoke. good burn.
good smoke. good burn.
5 out of 5
One Of The Best
With out a doubt one of the best tasting and best smoking cigars I’ve tried.
4 out of 5
Nice cigar, a little harsh
Nice cigar, a little harsh toward the end.
4 out of 5
Ave Maria cigar sample
These are very solid cigars. Good flavor but they burn a little quick
5 out of 5
Built for a Hero
An exceedingly Sprontacious poofage . A cigar built for a hero . Thankyou for sending them to me .
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Iv tryed a number of the cigar that you carry . I've become a Ave Maria fan .
5 out of 5
A Convert
I turned my Dad - a Macanudo man - on to these and he loves them. Each Christmas and Father’s Day I know these are one of the things I’m going to get him (birthdays are for bourbon). They are also in my regular rotation.
4 out of 5
these were pretty good.
these were pretty good.
5 out of 5
Spicy and full bodied. This
Spicy and full bodied. This is an enjoyable smoke.
5 out of 5
Good smoke
Good smoke
3 out of 5
good smoke
good smoke
4 out of 5
Ava Maria Immaculata Toro
Great Stick with your favorite coffee,
5 out of 5
Mint
Really good deal price an cigars
5 out of 5
Excellent cigar
Excellent draw. Top quality wrapping that created an even burn off. Enjoyed smoking this cigar
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
Good smoke- medium- not biting or sour!
5 out of 5
Ma'am, excuse me ma'am, you are absolutely Gorgeous!
Everything about the stick is 1st class. She's beautiful. The look, the feel, the weight, the burn/flow and flavor! What exquisite craftsmanship! Got one in an AJ sampler. Now i need a box ;-) in a word...SWEET
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata Robustos
This an excellent medium-me allow cigar. Very tasty. You can’t go wrong with this one!
5 out of 5
good stuff
I hated connecticut wrapped cigars until i tried this one. Just let it sit in the humidor for a month or two and you have something great.
4 out of 5
A pleasant smoke but draw
A pleasant smoke but draw seemed too light. Otherwise a nice stick.
5 out of 5
Very good cigar
Very good cigar
5 out of 5
Smokin Deal
Good quality smoke at a great price, how can you go wrong.
5 out of 5
Purchased for my husband. He
Purchased for my husband. He loves them!
5 out of 5
The best cigar
The best cigar
5 out of 5
Excellent!
Mild and smooth but full of flavour. Nice easy draw. One of the best smokes I have had.
5 out of 5
Great Cigar
I ordered these after reading about their similarities to a Vegafina cigar, which are creamy, nutty, and cedar, with some floral on the retro-hale. The Ave Maria Belicoso is like a heavier Vegafina with more flavor, and has quickly become a favorite of me and my friends. I've ordered the five pack twice, and i'll likely order the box soon. The robusto's are pretty nice, but so far I think the Belicoso may be better.
5 out of 5
Great cigar for the money.
Great cigar for the money.
5 out of 5
Great Smoke!
Really good cigar, great flavor, even burn, easy draw.
5 out of 5
Great smoke.
Words being such an inadequate means of communication, I can only report the facts. Even burn, satisfying taste, reliable every time.
5 out of 5
Great
They are great and smooth cigars for any time of the day, you can’t go wrong when you order Ave Maria cigars.
5 out of 5
great quality, very consistent, good price
Ave Maria does a great job on all their products - very consistent, high-quality cigars at a nice price.
5 out of 5
Oh Maria who knew?
Tried these as filler on a online order minimum requirement. These are now in my top 2 of fine cigar enjoyment. Great flavor comes across smooth on t he palate. Even slow burn. Measure the rest off this cigar and you will be all set.
5 out of 5
Class Act
One of the finest mild to medium Connecticuts I have ever smoked.
5 out of 5
First full box of Cigars I've purchased
Very happy with these. Came in a really nice box and they taste like they were properly stored. Really enjoy these, good flavor, nice burn, all in all very enjoyable and will be on the lookout for them again.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Cigar is mild with cream and hay and wood flavors. burns evenly. Does not change. Just smoke slowly to enjoy otherwise bitterness will appear. Nice creamy smoke.Thoroughly enjoyed as a morning cigar and with a cup of coffee.
5 out of 5
One of the best cigars I have ever smoked.
Great construction, draw and tast. a real winner. I've tried over 150 brands. This one impressed me. A little pricey but a nice cigar for sitting on the back deck withe a good book. You got a winner with this one
5 out of 5
Nice mild cigar.
Fast delivery. Have shared with many friends that have enjoyed them as well.
5 out of 5
One of my top 10
Great cigar all the way around in every catagory. Absolutly in my top 10. One of the finest I've had the pleasure of smoking.
5 out of 5
Great Value
Great flavor for a mild cigar
5 out of 5
Immaculata Robusto - Very Nice
Has a very attractive wrapper, elegant and high end appearance. The Robusto had a very nice smooth and balanced looking roll. Easy to light, and remained lit from start to finish. This mild to medium cigar had a smooth draw and a nice even burn. The delicious flavor was very easy on the palate. I offered one to a friend who had not smoked a cigar in years due to a back experience. He was hesitant at first, but was pleasantly surprised at the flavor and how easy the Immaculata Robusto was to enjoy. A very good affordable cigar.
4 out of 5
Interesting smoke and worth the
Interesting smoke and worth the 5 pack price
5 out of 5
Fine cigar
good flavor for a conn.
5 out of 5
Great light cigar
Great light cigar
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
Very smooth & tasteful until the end! Great prices! Thank you CI Staff!
3 out of 5
Very strong
A bit harsh for my taste. Well made and burns even.
5 out of 5
surprised for the price
very good Mid cigar from the start to the end. I recommend this for a hot summer day or in the morning cigar when want something light. My only complaint is that i like a tight wrapped cigar or box press and this was not. In no was was there anything wrong with the construction so that is why i gave it a 5
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
i love theses cigars there smooth , packaged nicly , nice slow burn
5 out of 5
Very outstanding
Good cigar Good service
5 out of 5
Nice cigar for the money.
As someone who always try's for the best value, this is a very good smoke. Nice burn and smooth finish. Will try again.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata
When I need a light cigar this is my go to Connecticut
4 out of 5
Smooth & Flavorful
Cigar was smooth with good flavor, I will order these again.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata Robusto
Excellent. All of the characteristics of a premium cigar; smooth draw, even burn and consistent smoke volume. The robusto size is perfect for my available smoke time.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria
One of my very favorites - wish I could afford on regular basis.
3 out of 5
Not AJ'S best effort
Not bad for the discount price, but buying a Connecticut from the Ave Maria line is like ordering fish at a steakhouse. Aroma is nice. Gets hot and harsh well before the band. Try Divinia for a much better Ave. For a better AJ Fernandez Connecticut try New World Connecticut.
5 out of 5
Occasional Eficenando
Excellent cigar for the price. Great taste and smooth burning. I'd give it a 92 or better rating.
4 out of 5
Imaculata Fantastica!
This smoke is one of the nicest, smoothest, well built, tastiest cigars I've ever had. Fantastic!
4 out of 5
good cigar for outings
Outstanding flavor, good draw, doesn't burn even, last third of cigar has to be lit several times.
5 out of 5
My husband loved them!
Said they were delicious, smoked well and were the perfect size. I'll be buying more!
5 out of 5
Immaculata
Absolutely divine! A must try for all.
1 out of 5
Yuck
This is the worst tasting cigar I've come across in a long time. And I don't mean that it missed the mark, I mean that it tastes bad like sour milk tastes bad. Very puzzling that a maker would put out a blend like this.
2 out of 5
Maybe I got a bad one...
I got a robusto as part of a sampler and kept it in my humidor for a month before trying it. Not sure why it has such good review, maybe I just got a dud but I won't be getting any more of these. The burn was perfect, nice construction and good draw but was a bit harsh on and off, and the flavor was over all quite unremarkable...
5 out of 5
A Great Smoke
A great smoke with spicy flavor that is medium in strength. Excellent construction and perfect draw. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
This is a nice mild medium cigar and good for a daily smoke. Good with coffee. Good burn and draw. The Ave Maria packaging is special.
5 out of 5
Great cigars
A great buy one of my best buys for a morning smoke
5 out of 5
My go to Cigars
I have been buying these cigars in packs of 5 and in bundles abs they quickly became my favorite. Good smoke, clean burn and amazing with whiskey or beer .
5 out of 5
Immaculata is just that...
Bought these on a make me a deal buy for about half the price. I've gotten them in a sampler pack before and I think this is my cigar. Smooth smoke, nice aroma and really good finish. Goes well with my Johnny Walker Double Black!
5 out of 5
Great smoking
Excellent mild cigar for a relaxing anytime smoke
5 out of 5
The Weddings Best
Got these for a wedding and they were a big hit. Class cigar with a mild draw.
5 out of 5
Super Smoke
I really like this one. Smooooth !!!!!!!
5 out of 5
fantastic
I like a mild to medium cigar and this one fills the bill perfectly. I have yet to have one that I didn't like
5 out of 5
Smooth clean smoke
Well constructed good draw good mild to medium cigar
5 out of 5
Great Sticks
The recent delivery of Ave Maria recived and a delicious leave. Thank you please you are the only ones that carry these. My lical BnM do not carry them.
1 out of 5
Not for me
Thought the Ave Maria was a great cigar so I tried the Immaculate and did not like it. Weird tastes not for me.
5 out of 5
Super smoke
attractive construction and overall smoothest smoke . Highly recommend for any occasion.
5 out of 5
Great cigar!
A flavorful smoke by mild cigar standards. Both smooth and mellow making a pleasant summertime smoke.
5 out of 5
heavenly smoke!
heavenly smoke!
5 out of 5
Ave Maria, Immaculata, Rubusto
Outstanding smoke.! . . Definitely one of my favorite, medium priced. . . Excellent draw, super smooth, "nice ash" . . . Although a little apprehensive about the name, lightning striking and the earth shaking, but who can argue with a good cigar!
5 out of 5
Great cigar on my top five list.
Good smoke, easy draw, all around favorite of mine.
5 out of 5
EXQUISITE !
There is no doubt that Mr. Fernandez has the Midas touch when it comes to cigars
5 out of 5
Found a good one
Very good cigar for the morning first smoke. Plenty of smoke volume and a very nice flavor profile. Working on finishing a 10 pack and have thoroughly enjoyed each one I've smoke.
5 out of 5
Awesome!
If your looking for a consistent, mild, flavorful, stick this is it. I love the Gordo for a good 1.5 hours of relaxation, love’em!
4 out of 5
ava marie immaculata belicoso
very good smoke, good draw, nice ash. will be ordering more
5 out of 5
KMG
Fantastic. These are my "go to" smokes. Always appropriate regardless of the time of day.
5 out of 5
Best cigar ever
If I could have place more stars I would. This is my all time favorite. Afternoon on porch, sun shining low, light wind nothing better.
5 out of 5
UMMM...
Smooth taste and even burn!
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
This was one of the first sticks I came across when I started smoking and ordering online. Since that time it has become one of my all time favorites.
5 out of 5
One of the best
The Gordo is one of the best mild-medium smokes I've ever had.
5 out of 5
Service Plus......
No need to mess around with other websites, this is the only one I use now. Spectacular service. You can't go wrong.
5 out of 5
Ave Maria Immaculata
These have quickly become one of my favorites and will always be in my humidor. Love these sticks.
5 out of 5
One Of The Best
Neighbor of mine turned me on to these gems. So smooth and mild all the way to the nub I had to buy a box for myself. Will be one of go to cigars for special occasions. Well maybe a little more often!!!!!
5 out of 5
Scent and taste
perfect aroma and mild flavor with rich essence
Customer Testimonials
Yessss!!! I absolutely love this one. Had a Toro this evening while grilling some steaks on the porch. Butter smooth. On the heavy side of mild is how I would describe it. I picked up a very strong smooth cedar/wood flavor as the primary with some creaminess in there as well. Wasn't very complex. Stayed consistent throughout, sharp burn and long ash. I look forward to many more of these.
EXCELLENT cigar, mild to medium, the texture and easy draw just added to this awesome cigar from start to finish!
A fantastic mild-medium experience. As a fan of the original Ave Maria, I decided to give Immaculata a try, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Though mild, it remains flavorful and interesting throughout. There are distinct notes of citrus and a hint of freshly cut grass on the palate. The construction, burn, and draw are all top-notch. As always, Ave Maria's packaging is beautiful, making for a memorable gift presentation. Most importantly, this is a downright delicious premium cigar. I highly recommend Ave Maria Immaculata.
I bought a gentlemens sampler consisting of Immaculata Gordo and Gurkha Beauty and after 2 Ave Maria's they have become my go to smoke! I had to have 2 to make sure the first one wasn't a fluke! LOL I have 4 humis and 1 is full of these gems! I know everybodys tastes are different but do yourself a favor and give these a try!!!
More on the mild end for my taste, but a fine smoke if you don't mind the price tag. Very enjoyable from beginning to end.
In general, Connecticut wrapped cigars don't do anything for me. They just don't agree with my palate. This is one of the rare exceptions. I thoroughly enjoy this smoke.
Picked up some of these in my search for milder morning smokes. I was hesitant because I was not a big fan of the original line, however, I heard good things from some friends so pulled the trigger. I gotta say, these Immaculatas are awesome. Tasted great and burned perfectly. Will be back for more.
Great smoke paired with your coffee on a Saturday morning. Great low even burn also.
Very even burn, didn't go out, draw was excellent, construction was excellent...nice pillows of smoke...all in all, this cigar was made very well...now for the downside...the flavor was lacking a bit and wasn't very complex...not saying it was a bad smoke...I did enjoy the whole thing...but I would maybe find a single, before committing to a large amount of these
Toro: I enjoyed this mild to medium gar. I found citrus and grassy notes to start and ending with nuts and wood. Excellent burn and smooth to the nub if you watch your pace. Lots of smoke. Watch for a deal and grab them.
Fantastic cigar. Im relatively new to smokes, but I had been curious about of the Ave Maria line, and this little roll of pleasure did not disappoint. Smooth flavor that ramped up towards the end to a bold, yet smooth finish. Solid construction, even burn and ash, solid volume on the draw, and I did not have to relight it once. Definately going to be a regular in my humidor!
i did not like this cigar at all, dont waste your money just buy the real ave maria now thats a fine smoke
A fine, superior quality smoke with regard to draw, burn, and construction. That said, it left me yearning for the more robust blessings of the original Ave Maria line. This version of our lady seems void of the rich and numerous nuances of it's full bodied sister, and never develops a singularly memorable character anywhere and throughout the entire smoke. So say your hail mary, but I'm heading for the Templar again.

All day, Every day, Ave

Chase M.

All day, Every day, Ave

Everyone knows AJ by now, but most people associate him with his full-bodied Nicaraguan blends. Immaculata shows he’s just as capable at crafting a gentler cigar. Before I divulge into the cigar, let me tell you why I chose to review this cigar – Every year, CI sends a group of its “greener” employees (guilty) to Nicaragua to tour the farms, the factories, do some taste tests, meet the makers, do some blending and roll our own, drink some Flor de Cana, and overall just get more acquainted with this lovely product we work with every day. A few months ago I got the invite and we went to stay at the AJ Fernandez guest house which is attached to his factory. And as you might expect, cigars were plentiful. Anytime you wanted one, you just walk up to the bar in the pool house and take your pick. And to my surprise it wasn’t just the core AJ brands, you know the Enclaves, New Worlds, San Lotanos, no sir. Every day there was a good variety of cigars they make in the factory. But without fail, every day there was a batch of Ave Maria Immaculatas fresh off the rolling tables. I came to find out that this is a cigar they are quite fond of in the factory. So I started each day with one. I couldn’t get enough of them. I was smoking 4-5 cigars a day down there and two of them were these Immaculatas. Upon my return to the states, the boss man greeted me with “I hope you learned something, go write about it.” 

And here we are. Back in sunny Bethlehem, PA sitting in my cubicle with an Ave Maria Immaculata. I’m paring it with a cup of coffee (Dunkin K-Cup, ‘cause I’m fancy like that). The wrapper is a nice golden brown, silky smooth Ecuador Connecticut. The blend is aged, Cuban-seed and Nicaraguan grown. I gotta admit - I’ve been told smoking a cigar in its home county is a different experience, and while I can’t remember who said it, they were right. The air here is dryer and the tobacco has clearly dried a bit more than the ones I was having down in Nicaragua. Now that these tobaccos have had more time to rest and “marry” in the cigar as they call it, I find it to be a little mellower than I remember, but still has enough pepper on the retro to keep it at a mellow to medium bodied cigar. The flavors are little less pronounced than I remember but it makes for a smoother blend. Less pronounced, yes, but it still has a deep stable of pleasant notes. Cedar, white pepper, toasty tobaccos, maybe some nuttiness, and an undeniable creaminess that I always look for in a morning cigar. I puffed on a toro for this review and it took me about an hour and 10 minutes (some call me a binge herfer). It wasn’t the same experience I had when burning them in their homeland, but I still enjoyed it and it’s still a cigar I’ll continue to reach for in the mornings. 

I’m younger that most guys that work here, so I have a lot of young friends who are just starting to get into cigars. I always feel bad unloading subpar cigars to people who don’t usually burn them. So when I want one of these noobs to actually enjoy it, this is the cigar I now hand them. I recommend it to anyone who is new to the scene or anyone who just enjoys a good Connecticut. But if you’re a seasoned vet and just looking for a new morning cigar, this is a good choice for you as well.