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Man O' War Valkyrie

AJ Fernandez as you’ve never seen him before…

Over a decade after its inception, Man O’ War continues to be one of AJ Fernandez’s finest creations. Each Man O’ War release has left fans clamoring for more and established AJ as one of the best cigar makers around. In the decade since Man O’ War was introduced, AJ has gone on to win numerous awards, including Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year in 2019. But with Valkyrie, Fernandez proved he’s not slowing down. 

Man O’ War Valkyrie uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf that’s known as a “Desflorado.” While the tobacco is growing, AJ removes the flower and the upper portion of the plant, allowing the leaves that remain to absorb all the sunlight and nutrients. The result is a flavor like no other. Coffee, light pepper, cedar, and cream combine together to create a masterpiece of a cigar you have to taste to believe. Mellow enough to be your first cigar of the day, and flavorful enough to be your last, any AJ fan worth their salt needs to add this stunner to their humidor stat. 

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PackIn StockMSRPPriceQtyCart
Churchill (6.8"x48)
Box of 20In Stock$245.00
save $85.0135% off
$159.99
Churchill (6.8"x48)
Pack of 5In Stock$61.25
save $12.2520% off
$49.00
Robusto (5.3"x50)
Box of 20In Stock$215.00
save $75.0135% off
$139.99
Robusto (5.3"x50)
Pack of 5In Stock$53.75
save $10.7520% off
$43.00
Toro (6.1"x50)
Box of 20In Stock$230.00
save $80.0135% off
$149.99
Toro (6.1"x50)
Pack of 5In Stock$57.50
save $11.5020% off
$46.00
Torpedo (6.1"x54)
Box of 20Backordered$245.00
save $85.0135% off
$159.99
Torpedo (6.1"x54)
Pack of 5In Stock$61.25
save $12.2520% off
$49.00
Overall Rating4.74 out of 5 Based on 23 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Man O' War Valkyrie”

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5 out of 5
Great smoke
Very well made. Nice even draw and burn. Excellent mild flavor
5 out of 5
Very good smooth
Very good smooth
5 out of 5
Great cigar. They arrived on
Great cigar. They arrived on time & have a great taste.
3 out of 5
pretty good smoke ..good value
pretty good smoke ..good value
5 out of 5
Excellent Smoke
Smooth and burns well.
5 out of 5
Very nice
Very nice
5 out of 5
There good to go
There good to go
5 out of 5
great product
Smooth with a creamy peppery finish. Great Cigar
5 out of 5
5/5 mild smoke
Solid smoke all the way around. Construction is beautiful, with very sharp even burn and the ash held all the way through the first 3rd. Banding is attractive. Mild smoke with decent, yet simple flavors and good smoke output. Great for any time of the day.
5 out of 5
Nice.
Nice roughly mild to medium smoke. Well balanced, even burn. Great for a leisurely afternoon. Really liked it.
4 out of 5
Simply awesome stick! Full of
Simply awesome stick! Full of flavor and easy smoking. Have more in my humidor resting for a while and can only imagine what those are going to be like.
5 out of 5
Good Value
Great selection of cigars for the price. I will be back.
4 out of 5
I find the Valkyrie very
I find the Valkyrie very good. It is slow even burn, and tastes good.
5 out of 5
Tasty and smooth
I enjoyed this cigar very much!
5 out of 5
Solid medium smoke
This one's interesting, enticing blend, stays lit pretty well. Satisfying but a bit tight on the draw in my batch.
4 out of 5
Man O War Churchill
This cigar is very dependable its consistency it's a true Churchill, the smoke is enjoyable.
5 out of 5
Valkyrie
I was impressed with the overall smoking of this cigar. Nice flavor, even burn and great to the end
5 out of 5
Best in the bundle
Bought a sampler pack that included these, and they were the star of the bunch. Mild and aromatic, would get again.
4 out of 5
Valkyrie
Valkyrie has a decent taste. I'm not big on Gurka, but Valkyrie is pretty good for an every day cigar.
5 out of 5
Great value
Great cigars. Mild , full flavor Will buy again
5 out of 5
“Perfect”
I have yet to smoke a cigar by AJ that I dislike, and the MOW Valkyrie is no exception. Smooth and elegant with a perfect draw. I would say it is more medium than mild, but definitely one you must try. For a Connecticut, this cigar has a very nice finish, with notes of dark roast coffee, hazelnut, and just a bit of almonds & spice. There is even a faint taste of bourbon on the retro exhale.
5 out of 5
A great smoke
I have never been disappointed with AJ's Man O' War line. I will definitely be doing a repeat on this smoke.
5 out of 5
Great, smooth cigar!
I received two Valkyrie Churchill’s in this months Cigar of the Month Club order. I generally like strong, full flavored cigars with a nice glass of bourbon, but this morning I decided to try this cigar with a dark roast coffee. This cigar is exceptionally smooth! Great draw with a creamy smoke. I’ll be ordering this cigar in the future for sure.

The Warrior Angel

Joey J.

Ladies and gentlemen, AJ’s done it again.

Today, I’m going to be diving into the Man O’ War Valkyrie. This cigar from AJ Fernandez has been one at the top of my mind lately, and I want to explain to each of you just why that is. Get your credit cards at the ready, though, folks – without spoiling the punchline, this one’s a huge BUY from me. 

There’s a lot to talk about here, but I want to mention very quickly up top the Desflorado wrapper that AJ utilizes on this cigar. It’s very rare, and you typically only see it on uber-high end (and expensive) sticks like Davidoff or Padron Damaso. Peep our write up above this review real quick for a little more info on the process to make this leaf.

Back? Good. Let’s toast this sucker up and get started.

The flavor on Man O’ War Valkyrie is brilliant from the beginning, as each draw delivers a smooth mixture of cream, cedar, and very slight hits of pepper. That combination of words together is nothing new. Hell, check out almost any review of a Connecticut wrapped stick on this site, and you will easily find the same phrase. However, the way Valkyrie delivers this to you is truly unique. Each note melds together in one, as Valkyrie delivers a flavor unlike anything I’ve had before. Familiar, but exotic – simple, but elegant. 

Truly, cigars like this remind me over and over that we are witnessing a generational talent, a true master of his craft, in AJ Fernandez.

As the Churchill I’ve chosen to light up continues to burn, let’s talk about the other Connecticut line in the Man O’ War arsenal – Virtue. There’s one question I feel I have to address: is one better than the other? If you’ve always smoked Virtue, should you switch to Valkyrie? 

For me, there’s space in the humidor for both. 

Virtue was AJ’s first exploration with the “new wave” Connecticut trend that has dominated the market over the last decade. For those unfamiliar, these blends define themselves by packing a lot more flavor and traditionally, a lot more spice, into a Connecticut than one might expect from something like a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real or a Macanudo Café. 

And Virtue absolutely fits that bill. While the body of the cigar is mellow enough that you can light it up first thing in the morning, the flavor is just as full as a traditional Man O’ War or Ruination. There’s a lot of toastiness. Warm, spicy notes dominate the game, and the cigar is a perfect companion to a sweet, creamy drink like a cappuccino to help balance out the sharper notes of the blend.

Valkyrie is a different animal. While there is some spice, it’s rather light, and the finish is clean and short. No lingering flavor on the palate. What that means is that this is a cigar, in my mind, best enjoyed without an accompanying beverage. Adding a cup of coffee to the samples I enjoyed actually dampened the experience – there’s a lot of subtlety and balance to Valkyrie, and it tends to be a “blink and you might miss it” experience. In short, Valkyrie is a cigar best enjoyed by giving yourself over to it. 

For my money, that makes Valkyrie slightly better than Virtue if I had to choose between the two. I’m sure the times we’re living in contribute to this. When I’m looking to enjoy a cigar nowadays, it’s to take a break from the non-stop cycle of crazy news and hectic emails. I want something that will slow me down, that provides an experience in itself, as opposed to my normal routine of smoking cigars as a background to clearing out my inbox, grilling, or hanging out with friends. 

Coming back to the cigar, Valkyrie finishes much as it began. Bready notes enter the mix, with some of the creaminess petering out, and the cigar edging a tad closer to medium-body, though still staying just slightly shy of the mark. 

I’m adding Valkyrie to my regular purchase list for a few reasons. As a fan of AJ’s work, trying a blend where he utilizes a wrapper out of his normal rotation is already an awesome experience. As a lover of Connecticuts, it’s great to find a cigar that provides so much richness without strength. And as a guy who’s lucky enough to get to burn cigars for a living, it’s very refreshing to have one that truly knocks my socks off. 

Long story short, this is an easy recommendation for me. The Churchill rules the roost as my favorite size, though I’ve enjoyed the Robustos I sampled immensely as well. Whatever size you go with, I guarantee you’re going to love it.