For today’s review, I fished a cigar out of my coolidor that I think I acquired from my Stogie Review Fan Forums “secret santa.” Morro Castle is one of the several cigars manufactured by AJ Fernandez exclusively for Cigars International. I had just finished doing my taxes, and decided to enjoy the nice weather outside as I daydreamed about how responsibly my tax dollars were being used (ha!).
As I lit up, I realized how sunny, windy, and noisy it was outside. Not exactly ideal relaxing conditions, nor the best conditions for recording a video. But since my better half won’t let me smoke inside our new house, we’re just going to have suffer through all of this together.
Morro Castle by the numbers:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Factory: AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 90 minutes
So enough complaining about taxes and the weather, how was the Morro Castle?
(Video length: 11:52)
All-in-all, pretty typical CI fare. Not bad, but certainly not exceptional, and ok for the money. Decent as a yard ‘gar, or fodder for the moochidor. I’d smoke another if one was offered to me, but I won’t be rushing out to buy a box. I’m not the biggest fan of Sumatra wrappers, but I do like most of AJ’s stuff, though this certainly isn’t my favorite.
Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want this review to come across as negative. I just found it to be rather ho-hum, run-of-the-mill… but I personally know several cigar smokers who would absolutely love it. My tastes simply lie elsewhere. If you’ve tried one, please let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.