Cigar Aficionado

#20 • 2016 • Enclave Churchill

Though A.J. Fernandez is a familiar name among cigar smokers, few realize that A.J. is part of a father-and-son team. He relies on his father, Ismael, to help run his huge operation, and Ismael is often instrumental in the blending process. Enclave is a cigar brand that Ismael created, so it’s no surprise that the cigar is a little more old-fashioned, focusing less on strength, and more on flavor.

Heavy-handed power is a modern trait of the premium market, but Ismael toned it down for the Enclave. The cigar is impeccably constructed, as are most cigars that come out of the busy A.J. Fernandez factory in Nicaragua. The pristine wrapper is beautiful to behold and the combustion is flawless. So is the draw. Each puff is a clear reminder that this cigar favors finesse over force. The classic Churchill format is an additional nod to tradition.


Rank: 20

Made by: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua

Factory Location: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 7” by 52 RING GAUGE

Price: $6.70

Rating: 92


More Top 25