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Old 04-08-2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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Today's review cigar was sent to me in a trade about four months ago. I'd been looking forward to trying this stick, but somehow it just had slipped through the cracks. The La Herencia Cubana Oscure Fuerte is another AJ Fernandez blend (of Man O War/Diesel fame) and is listed as a more powerful extenstion of the regular La Herencia Cubana line. This cigar uses the increasingly popular Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper and a mix of Nicaraguan fillers from three different regions of the country. I've waited long enough to try this stick, so let's get on with the review.


Specifics
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5.2
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $3.00
Smoking Location: My back deck
Beverage: water

Pre-Light

My La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte was a very hefty stick. The firmness of the roll mixed with the 52 ring gauge made this robusto vitola feel very heavy in my hand. The wrapper was smooth, oily, and had a well-fermented dark brown color. The pre-lit aroma was a very strong earthy, barnyard smell and the pre-lit draw had a similar taste. The flavor was not very pleasant, so I wasted no time in lighting it up.

First Third

This La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte lit up very easily even with using a standard lighter and not my normal triple flame torch. The cigar instantly started to produce a strong chili pepper spice which sat heavily in the back of my throat. Mixed with the chili pepper spice was a slight bitter cocoa flavor that. although bitter, was a nice taste. The smoke texture was somewhat dry and had me reaching for my water after every two or three puffs. The body was full. I could tell right from the start that this was going to be a strong cigar. As you can see from the picture above, the construction was top notch and the ash strong enough to hold on for well over an inch.

Second Third

I found the second third of my La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte to be much more pleasing in flavors. The spice had mellowed a lot and I was now getting a strong espresso flavor to mix with the cocoa. Both of these flavors were very strong and I'm sure even a person new to cigar smoking could pick these out. With that said, I would not recommend this cigar to beginners because it had some serious power. The body was in the upper full range and I started to feel the effects of nicotine in my system towards the end of the second third. The construction was still perfect and the burn line razor sharp.

Final Third and Final Thoughts

The final third of my La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte was too strong in strength for my preferences. The flavors were still very tasty with espresso and cocoa notes dominating my palette, but the body was too much for me. I didn't make it all the way to the nub of this cigar because I started to get a headache and a little bit of the jitters.

My final thoughts of the La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte? This is a really strong cigar. I think if you like really strong cigars you would really enjoy this stick. Once you get past the start and the spice starts to mellow out, the espresso and cocoa are nice tastes. Add in the extremely affordable price tag and this cigar is a no-brainer. For me personally, the strength of this particular stick was just too much.

Would I buy it again? Although I liked the flavors and do like some full bodied cigars, I would not buy this one again.

Would I buy a box? See above comment.

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Old 04-08-2010, 08:25 AM   #2
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Great review!

I feel the same about this smoke
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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Nice review. I like these, don't find them to be overpowering at all.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #4
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Well done Dan!
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the great review. I have been curious about these. May be time to order a 5er.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:49 AM   #6
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Ditto, but I did notice the spice up front which I kind of liked but less of the coffee/choco/espresso thing. I don't remember the vitola I had but it was a short "robusto" type size that was torpedo shaped.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for the review!
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I can see why people would really like these if they liked a lot of power. That's just not my thing anymore.

If you are looking for a comparison, I am a big fan of the ManOWar Ruin. I think this stick has a lot more power.

for 3 bucks or less I'd give them a chance even if you are un-sure.
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Thanks for the review!!!

I've only smoked one and found it to be medium, but full of great flavor!!!
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This is my new favorite stick. I love the Belicoso size!
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This is my new favorite stick. I love the Belicoso size!
SSSSHHH these are still a great value and a good stick.
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This is my new favorite stick. I love the Belicoso size!
I fired up one of the belis tonight after a steak dinner. I like to make my steaks with a spicy dry rub, and the Oscuro Fuerte is a fantastic after-dinner smoke for that type of meal.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:11 PM   #13
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I see these on CI at some really good deals and always wonder about them. Thanks for the review, they sound very nice for my taste and will sure give them a try.
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