Hoyo La Amistad Black by A.J. Fernandez

US$7.29 to US$8.49 or RM29.84 to RM34.76

Just call it “Hoyo by Fernandez” for short. This is the third cigar A.J. Fernandez has done in General Cigar’s Amistad series, coming right after the Silver and the Gold, but this is the fullest-flavoured of the three. In fact, the band design is as bold as the strength of this meaty, Nicaraguan smoke, and reflects a new, updated look for the old Hoyo de Monterrey brand. Three sizes are offered: 4 ½ x 50 Rothschild, 6 ½ 52 Toro, and a box pressed 6 x 60 Gigante. Featuring an Ecuadoran Sumatra Oscuro wrapper, Mexican binder, and a Nicaraguan Habano filler, we found notes of cinnamon, leather and even a perceived hint of hot sauce in the first few puffs. This is definitely not a cigar to smoke on an empty stomach.

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