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Man O' War Side Projects

A little sumpin' sumpin' on the side, Man O' War style!

Some cigars invigorate the enthusiast, but are merely a daily task inside the factory. Man O’ War cigars enlivens the Esteli-based fortress of which it was spawned, inspiring the very hands crafting it to work beyond perfection. To exceed one’s talents and stimulate creativity. This internal drive has generated a new breed of Man O’ War cigars known to the factory as Man O' War Side Projects. A brash refusal to become complacent; an exclusive series of unique shapes and sizes and modified blends to produce an unrivaled cigar experience. A new breed of Man O’ War cigars for the exploratory enthusiast.

Man O' War Side Project: 52C
- A unique 5"x52 Chisel-shaped vitola
- Dark, leathery Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrappers
- Powerful, complex, full-bodied
- Notes of oak, espresso, pepper, and sweetness

Man O' War Side Project: Little Devil
- A petite, but ultra-flavorful 5.5"x44 size
- Extra-fermented Habano Sun Grown wrappers
- A strong, heady blend
- Notes of earth, cedar, coffee, and pepper

Man O' War Side Project: Phalanx
- A chunky, 6.5"x56 Toro Gordo
- Jet-black Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrappers
- Medium-bodied, but extremely rich
- Notes of cocoa, pepper, coffee, and cedar

Man O' War Side Project: Skull Crusher
- An innovative 5.75"x56 club-shaped figurado
- Thick, oily Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro wrappers
- Brimming with complexity, full-bodied
- Notes of espresso, black pepper, honey


Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
52C (Wedge) (5.0"x52)
Box of 12 Backordered $110.00
save $27.5025% off
$82.50
52C (Wedge) (5.0"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $45.83
save $4.8311% off
$41.00
Little Devil (Corona) (5.5"x44)
Box of 20 In Stock $110.00
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$82.50
Little Devil (Corona) (5.5"x44)
Pack of 5 In Stock $27.50
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$24.50
Phalanx (Gordo) (6.5"x56)
Box of 12 In Stock $110.00
save $27.5025% off
$82.50
Phalanx (Gordo) (6.5"x56)
Pack of 5 In Stock $45.83
save $4.8311% off
$41.00
Skull Crusher (Salomon) (5.7"x56)
Box of 12 In Stock $110.00
save $27.5025% off
$82.50
Skull Crusher (Salomon) (5.7"x56)
Pack of 5 In Stock $45.83
save $4.8311% off
$41.00
Overall Rating 4.71 out of 5 Based on 59 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Man O' War Side Projects”

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5 out of 5
APTLY NAMED,
these coronas draw just fine, have loads of flavor and taste great in RJ Fernandez' fine blend.
5 out of 5
Great little full body smoke
Love them!
5 out of 5
Great cigar
One of my favorite from AJ Fernandez
5 out of 5
Blessings of CI
Thank goodness for lucious Man 'O War little devils arriving in the mail the day before the Camp Fire drove me from my home. I was able to grab the package off my dresser (the bottom drawer hides the humidor) while evacuating, and can now luxuriate with these prized possessions. Life is good... even though everything else is gone.
5 out of 5
Little devil
Great strong cigar. I favor coronas and this is a good one. Cousin to the puro authentico, another favorite.
5 out of 5
good stuff
I would buy these again, good draw, well construction and a nice flavor for the price
4 out of 5
Manowar excellence
For the price I paid on this 5 pack I'll buy them again and again
4 out of 5
Man o War Side Projects Phalanx
This cigar looks nice, it has a bold chocolate, coffee, cocoa, espresso taste with a slight bit of spice on the back side. The draw is superb. This cigars flavor is great and probably would have been even better if I could of gotten a decent burn on any of them. It was horrible. I spent too much time touching these up. Too bad when a great flavor is distracted by a bad burn. I’d buy them again if I knew it was just an off batch but your hard earned money will tell you not to do it.
4 out of 5
Interesting
Perfect construction on this stick. Started off with sweet and spice, then transitioned to earth, leather, and pepper lingering in the mouth. I think the transition was a little too stark for my taste and I missed the sweetness to balance the pepper. Probably wouldn't buy again but the burn was razor sharp and I enjoyed trying an experimental blend.
3 out of 5
Man O War side project Little devil
Having had Man O War before I wanted a full smoke and tried these...not a bad smoke but the other 5 pack I picked up were better...looking for a full but less "tangy" leaf...the little devil doesn't lend to a long lasting burn IMO for me
5 out of 5
C52 is an excellent MOW offering
This is great cigar, medium in body. One of my favorites.
5 out of 5
Great stick
A. J. Has another hit
5 out of 5
Great smokers mow dose not disappoint
Great smoke and flavor took about 1 hr 10 min to smoke like a good cigar dose and ash dropped off in two big chunks like a good tight wrapped cigar over all I will buy them again
5 out of 5
Undenyable great!
Full flavor, excellent construction, best service from CI!
5 out of 5
Deep peppery flavor
For me, one of the best cigars I have smoked. Deep flavor with a peppery finish. Best part about this smoke is that it doesn’t break the bank either. The minor negitive is because of the wrap you have to cut the end you light for air to pass.
5 out of 5
Real nice5
Real nice5
5 out of 5
Amazing cigar! Amazing delivery speed
Amazing cigar! Amazing delivery speed
5 out of 5
Man o war chisle tip project
Bought a pack of five to try and turned out to be some of my recent favorites. Good draw with a coffee/epresso flavor and a good amount of smoke as well. Would do them again
3 out of 5
Draw too tight for me
I dig the flavor. But for me the wedge shape although looking really neat and I imagine it's a pain to roll is its downfall. The draw is to tight for me and I think maybe the shape is the reason for that. Not my favorite smoke from them but for the Price it's legit.
5 out of 5
excellent
excellent cigar
5 out of 5
Golf Cigar
An excellent golf or anytime cigar for that matter.
5 out of 5
Tasty
Another winner from A.J. Fernandez.
4 out of 5
Worth buying
If you like Full flavor cigar, this might be right up your alley...
4 out of 5
Satisfied customer
My son-in-law and I had too many wars last night with a shot of Jameson New Year's Eve celebration bring in the New Year's awesome smoke
5 out of 5
Man of war projects Phlalanx
Good smoke, rich taste, good draw. Cloulds of smoke. Recommend
5 out of 5
Great Sticks
Enjoying them greatly
4 out of 5
Phalanx
Good cigar, nice burn, flavorful!
4 out of 5
Smooth
I’m saving these for when I have guests. I will keep some on hand!
5 out of 5
1st time go
I'm new to the cigar world so still trying to figure out what I like, hate and love. I picked this one randomly in a sampler. I liked the way this one looked so I lit it up. Very pleasing taste! Enjoyed very much will purchase again.
5 out of 5
Excellent
Excellent
5 out of 5
Delicious
Nice dark and spicy. Yum. This is a cigar to have with a strong espresso or a nice scotch. But sip this one slowly... I found it to have a nicotine punch about half way through!
5 out of 5
Project Phalanx
I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar.
5 out of 5
Great smoke
From the tip to the end very good smoke, burns evenly job well done
5 out of 5
Man o’ war side projects phalanx
Very good smoke
5 out of 5
Very good quality
Enjoy being a member and receiving my product in a timely fashion.
5 out of 5
My favorite cigar always good
My favorite cigar always good
4 out of 5
Great Smoke
I'd buy them again
5 out of 5
Little devils
Little devils are all that aj in a smaller package. If you like other aj blends do yourself a favor and order a box when you see them in stock
5 out of 5
little devils
good blend. usually nub them and find myself wishing they were a bit bigger. I bought these as a cold weather short but will have to order another box before it gets cold
5 out of 5
A Man's Cigar
Full flavors in a smooth smoke!! Not for everyone but if you like Single Malt Scotch this is an excellent Companion.
5 out of 5
Great, smooth burning Cigar
I tried this cigar in a sample pack and I am hooked. Great flavor and burns really smooth. This is probably my favorite Man O' War. If you like a full bodied cigar, this is worth a try.
5 out of 5
Another great cigar from Man O War
What starts as a slightly tight draw quickly opens into an evenly burning delicious masterpiece. Full bodied but exceptionally smooth with a slight spice on the finish. You will have a mouthful of flavor and a very enjoyable cigar. The tight roll burns slow and has an aroma that will have you wishing the experience would never end.
5 out of 5
Terrific full cigar
The initial draw on this cigar, is deceptively tight - on account of the wrapped end - don't be disappoined, because once this baby get's burning, it's dynamite! Easy draw, plenty of full flavor and smoke. Terrific cigar and value priced!
5 out of 5
Awesome
Nice construction! Great cedar aroma. Really smooth on the draw with a bit of pepper on the finish. Just a very, very enjoyable smoke.
5 out of 5
Perfect
I love these cigars. They taste amazing, burn great, and they got delivered on time
5 out of 5
Not enough time for a cigar?
That great Man 'o War taste in a stick that you can enjoy when you don't have an hour to an hour and a half to invest.
5 out of 5
Man O' War.
The packaging and shipping was fast and great.
5 out of 5
A.J FERNANDEZ hits a home run with the little devil
a small cigar that smokes big the little devil has a easy draw,and burns even great cigar when your short on time . i:m putting these gems on the top of my favorites list chuck p new york
5 out of 5
Favorite MOW offered
This is my top choice, on par with the Armada.
5 out of 5
AJ's Mad Scientists Create a Masterpiece
All 4 Side Project creations are outstanding, but Skull Crusher is my favorite. I told my friend these are made by the mad scientists at AJ, cooking up the most seriously complex cigar you may ever smoke! Side Projects take their skills to new levels.
5 out of 5
Skull Crusher; aptly put!
Unbelieveable! So much packed into this little beauty. From beginning to end this baby changes three times resulting in a cigar euphoria like none other. A J Fernandez gets it!
5 out of 5
Little devil
Without a doubt one of my very favorite cigars reminds me just a bit of the la flor Dominicana double ligero I will always have these in the rotation Again nobody makes them like aj
4 out of 5
Spicy
Very great stick if you enjoy allot of spice, i let this one set in my humidor between 67-69 for about a month before i lit it up. The first 5 puffs for me the hint of spice was very strong right off the batt. There was a hint of sweetness at about the first 3rd and started fading towards the end and beginning of the second. Overall it's a very great stick.
5 out of 5
Very Very good
I will definitely be lighting up another one of these sticks again soon
5 out of 5
Excellent Smoke
Delicious
3 out of 5
Skull bruiser maybe.
A decent smoke chocolate and spice. Well rounded flavors and excellent construction but not quite the powerhouse the name implies:an enjoyable fairly priced selection: it's big brother "Ruination " still runs the block.
4 out of 5
Skull crusher
Delicious, recommend to anyone who likes a good smoke. Sale price was well worth it.
5 out of 5
Cannot Be Replicated
Whatever "Man O'War" does with these sticks, it is unbelievable. I have purchased numerous boxes of these, and they are without a doubt my favorite. I don't burn them every day, these are set aside for special occasions.
4 out of 5
Side projects
awesome short cigars, if your looking for a deep flavorful smoke that last 45min to a hour, hour and a half if you baby it Look no farther, I think this smoke will be great for winter! Will decently order another box!
Customer Testimonials
After smoking mostly Drew Estate cigars, I was not happy with the Little Devil. Was a very full cigar and had a strong taste that didn't agree with me.
I absolutely LOVE the Little Devil... the others, not so much.
Here's the deal. I love cigars with bite. Bite is when the cigar is strong. It's rare. Lots of cigars brag about being "strong" and "full-bodied" but most miss the mark, and there's no bite at all to the smoke. Litto Gomez brought the heat when the double ligero dropped back in the early 2000's, tons of bite, especially the chiselitos, but the following crops couldn't replicate the magic of those first offerings. Well, AJ has NAILED it with the Little Devil. A Bomb of a smoke with bite for days. If you are a full flavored, strong cigar lover as I am, you won't go wrong with this smoke. Wasn't a fan of the skull crusher and liked the other vitolas, but the Little Devil is the star of the bunch. Beautiful flavors to the nub, strong as hell, and tons of bite. Smoke one on an empty stomach and your head will be woozy by the end. Just how I like 'em! Thanks to AJ Fernandez (One of the only cigar makers out there offering blends with real bite) for putting together such smokes and thanks to CI for offering them! Kudos! Side tip - AJ's Mayimbe is another a$$ kicker, especially the smaller vitolas. Keep it up AJ!
*Skull Crushers* My awesome wife dropped a bundle of these sticks in my Christmas stocking just to say how good I was this year. I've tried and loved the line of MOW, as each stick compliments their own occasion. BUT, the SC's have superseded my Ruin favorite and I'll be stocking my humidor with more. Great job MOW!
The Phalanx is the best Maduro I have yet had the pleasure to smoke. Right of the bat, the most intense caramel sweetness on the nose I have ever gotten out of a stick. This reminds me exactly of an Oscuro I enjoy, but better! Sweet dark chocolate, fresh roasted sweet snappy Italian espresso beans, sweet cedar. Are you following me yet? Sweet, sweet, sweet smoky dark joy. The "medium" tag is meaningless and led me to mis-judge before lighting up. This has a fuller, more delicate and wider complex palate than all the stronger Maduros I have smoked! Without a doubt, this has become my top favorite cigar, and I really HOPE this one is here to stay. I would love more sizes and for this to become a mainstay.
Nice little smoke. When I'm back in school and working full time, don't get too much time for the toros and churchills so this is an excellent stick. Nice and spicy which I'm a big fan of.
Many of the reviews are subjective, in that they don't specify which of the four Side Project vitolas they are praising. Probably all four, considering the pedigree & the fact that you rarely see a bad review of any AJ Fernandez offering. I have only tried the 52-C Wedge, but want to say it is deliciously bold, flavorful, unique & on sale somewhere, yet still very pricey. I do adore the blend & can't wait to try all four, in due course. 52-C includes three of my favorite things, a chocolate brown, spicy Equadorian Habano wrapper, bold ligeros from Nicaragua & a precocious Mexican binder that takes this blend right over the top! Full bodied, caramel coated flavors, accented with a peppery spice mix that is proving to be addictive. The rare chisel shape is renamed the wedge & expertly hand rolled to give it a flawless appearance. Burn is spotless. What's not to like about 52-C? Well, it could be a lot bigger, in my opinion. Particularly at this price point. Say, a 6.5" X 58 gordo toro dagger chisel wedge! The seven to eight bone maduros are larger which should yield a much longer smoke than the 52-C's 30-40 minute burn time. A very good, very expensive indulgence, it receives a 91/100 & is highly recommended to fullheads & AJ lovers alike.
I am an unashamed enthusiast for all things AJ Fernandez. From his affordable maduro masterpiece Diesel, to the expensive habano-clad wonder Core. When he puts his name on something, you can be sure its darn good. Pinolero & San Lotano are the 90+ rated gems he has put his signature on that proves the hypothesis. I will never forget the 1st time I puffed on a Man-O-War. What a revelation! It immediately became my favorite vitola. It goes on & on, from Estd 1844 to Ave Maria. Everyone a delight, many are must haves & even a few are top 10 smokes. But I am partaking of my very 1st Side Project offering, the aptly named 52-C, as I write this review. The C is for chisel, which is the unique shape of this full bodied/full flavored 5" X 52 figurado. A mere 1/8" cut opens the chiseled end to allow clouds of creamy white smoke to billow forth from the Equadorian habano wrapped body crammed full of Nicaraguan ligero long fillers. Heavy doses of peppery goodness mingle with hearty spices & notes of leather, earth, oak, cinnamon & an underlying sweetness that belies the overall power of this stick. The strength is obvious from the git-go. It clings to the palate, resonates in the nose & can be felt deep in the gut, but in a way that is not overbearing. It just seems appropriate that a Bluto like 52-C should be this obtuse. It goes perfectly with a cup of my favorite expresso. Everything about it is top notch, from the unique flavor profile to its outstanding construction. It is expensive, however. 12 of these 40 minute treats will set you back a cool 80 clams, or $6.66 per unit. As much as I love it, I will have to wait for deals like the one from the MMAO section that netted me 6 different AJ Fernandez blends for only $3.00 each. At that price it earns a 93/100. I can't wait to try the other 3 Side Projects. Fullheads will probably agree. 52-C is a logical extension of the Man-O-War line of outstanding cigars.
Just finished a skull crusher, and am for the most part impressed. The draw was a little tight, but still managed copious amounts of smoke. The start was fairly mild, much more tame than I'd expected or hoped for, but grew stronger as it burned. Very mild spice, with a plethora of subtleties contesting & complementing throughout.
DJ from N.C. You are completely right. This is the best cigar I have ever had. Nubbing it as I write this. All I know is that it prompted me to speak about it on this review, which I hardly ever do. This cigar had it all. It's like the Puro Authentico in its perfect form.
I was introduced to the Skull Crusher at Cigarfest 2014 and it is hands down one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. It replaces Ruination as my favorite Man O' War cigars.
Smoking the Phalynx, nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful white ash that had to be hammered off, nutty, med-full and perfect construction. Oily to view and a beauty to behold, and I'll be holding more of these soon! CI offers these babies at a great price point, and they'll not disappoint. Compare to a 5 Vegas AAA, but with a bit more oomph. Easy draw, great pre and post light aroma. Man O' War does it again.
One of my all time favorite cigars. Best AJ has made in my opinion. Ranks with his Mayimbe.. Have just ordered 4 more boxes for my humidor.
Just had the Man O'War Phalanx, and it is all that and a bag of chips. Solid cigar (filler is tight), even burn, holds a great ash, maintains its flavor throughout the entire smoke. This cigar doesn't give you a hard burn in the back of the throat that some full strength cigars can do. Phalanx gives a great scent, easy draw with a tightly packed filler, and the taste stays true. A great purchase that I am putting on my favorites list.
love this cigar real good flavor
Just had the Phalanx last night. Cool 50 degrees in November, went to the hottub and sparked it up. I was very impressed. I had tried the Skull Crusher a few months earlier and wasn't the biggest fan. Got both of them in a sampler back a few months back. I'm thinking the age in my humi helped. The Phalanx was excellent last night. Powerful, dark, creamy, white smoke the whole time. I'm a big pepper and cedar guy and this had the perfect amount. I've also been enjoying shorter smokes recently (robustos, etc.), but I nubbed this gordo to the bottom I liked it so much. Phenomenal first third, decent second third, and a delicious final third. This has me wanting to get another sampler and try the Skull Crusher again after aging it some. Definitely try the Phalanx!!
Just got the sampler and so far I've just had the Little Devil. It is quite the smoke! I am not so attenuated to describe all of the nuanced flavors but it definitely has some great flavors and really took on a taste all it's own in the second third. Draw & burn were near perfect and held its burn perfectly even after ashing. The Man O' War is my favorite cigar and so far the Side Projects continue the greatness.
Little Devil's top shelf. Will silence any full flavored aficionado..
Today I smoked a cigar that absolutely blew me away: the Man O War Side Project. This devil was bursting with spice, cocoa and mesquite! Yes mesquite. Midway thru I swear this baby had a distinct flavor of sweet mesquite. Absolutely the best cigar I have had in a long long time. In fact, I will have to say this should be a candidate for cigar of the year.
I just got through smoking the Skull Crusher. This has to be one of the best cigars I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. Full bodied, flavorful and the aroma was a bit of heaven (I smoked it outside because my wife doesn't like cigars). I will be ordering many of these but right now it's close to my birthday and although the wife doesn't like cigars she may get me some for that event. Smoke and enjoy, just don't wipe out the stash that CI has available.
52C (Wedge) Amazing cigar! Got it in a sampler and was very impressed. Easy and smooth to draw on and burned real evenly. A little spice and pepper tasting with hints of leather and earth. A cigar worth trying.
Little Devil is hands down the BEST cigar ever made.
I have had several of the newer Skull Crushers...they are very similar in flavor to the Phalanx. The main difference is there is a pronounced tannic flavor to the Skull Crushers I am not fond of. I have also found they are difficult to keep lit and have a draw that is a little tighter than I personally like.
I'm a big fan of the little devil's.. a great smoke all around from spice to cocoa and cream to floral notes.. just ordered another 40 after half way through my first 10 received on MMAO.. saved some money and cut down on the evidence maybe (no boxes) haha.. can't go wrong with this cigar, make sure you eat first though. The 52c however isn't as good in my experiece.. still need to try the Phalanx.
Having received the Man O' War 52c in the Summer Vacation Sampler, which I stongly suggest you purchase one of the best samplers CI has ever offered. The Man O' War and I already had a love relationship going on, and I really didn't think anything could be added to a cigar that was already great. Not to say that the other Man O' War cigars are less, but I want to say WOW, how in the heck could they add another great cigar to their list? This is a cigar that true tobacco lovers will go bonkers over, and be so busy enjoying the time spent smoking this cigar. I doubt you will take the time to figure out the many flavors as it evolves. Thank you CI for the best sampler you have put out in a long time, the Summer Vacation. The Man O' War Side Project 52c will find a place in my humidor.
these three side projects sounds great! AJ will have to build up his inventory so he can offer boxes of each.
These 52C chisels are fantastic. Draw is perfect, even with just pinching the chisel, no cut necessary. Burn is perfect. Strength- medium, Body full -complex with very rich flavors, coca, cedar, with a touch of sweetness on the finish, can't pinpoint it, maybe mint? Extremely smooth on the retrohale as well as in the mouth. I am enjoying it with Amrut Single Malt and Chet Baker on the cd player. Life couldn't be better. Try these 52c's you won't be disappointed!

The Devil's In the Details

Joey J.

Today, we live in the world of small batch. From the thousands of coffees and bourbons on the market to the bizarrely hipster artisanal water bars and toast houses (thanks, Portland!) it seems all you need to do to make a mark in this day and age is tell people something’s rare. Off-breed, exclusive, the forbidden fruit… I’m not even sure what artisanal means, really, but it’s damn provocative and gets the people going. 

And indeed, our beloved cigar hobby is no stranger to the limited-edition phenomenon. From anniversary releases to limited run productions, it seems like there’s more “small batch” cigars coming out every year than regular production ones. For this review, I’d like to dive into one of these rare gems from everyone’s favorite cigar manufacturer: AJ Fernandez. 

You may be familiar with AJ’s Man O’ War brand. If you’re not, stop what you’re doing, and go buy a 5-pack of the regular Man O’ War Toro, and a few Ruinations. Seriously. For those who’ve already been initiated, you know as well as I that this boutique blend from AJ’s factory is synonymous with full-flavor, full-bodied blends that are remarkably dark and rich.

Side Projects are tweaked, special edition versions of the Man O’ War brand, with each blend crafted in a single size that perfectly encapsulates the experience. Specifically, we’re going to dive into the Little Devil – a 5.5”x44 corona. For me, this is the perfect size. I know, I know, a ton of you out there prefer the value of Churchills and gordos, but I love smaller cigars and I always will. It’s tough for me to find a time frame I can really sit down and go through a whole 7”x54 monster in one sitting – plus, its way easier to burn through five or six cigars in a day when they’re robustos or coronas. 

Let’s get this out of the way up front — if you glance at this cigar’s smaller frame and assume it’s going to be short on flavor, you’re dead wrong. Incredibly full-bodied and heady, this firecracker packs a real punch. That’s thanks to the wrapper: utilizing a potent, extra-fermented Habano Sun Grown wrapper leaf from Nicaragua, Little Devil is (arguably) even more full-bodied than its full sized counterparts. 

Toasting the foot on this sucker, it reminded me immediately of some old school Don Pepin or Tatuaje brands. Loads of black pepper rush forth, but give it an inch or so, and things mellow out a little bit with the pepper replaced by roasted coffee, earth, cedar, and a rich, natural sweetness. It’s intense, for sure, but in all the right ways. 

Truth be told, this still isn’t my favorite Man O’ War, that honor goes (easily) to Ruination. Hell, it might even be my third favorite, behind Armada. But in this case, third place is still a gold medal – take the affordability into account, and Little Devil is a no-brainer that I can heartily recommend.