Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Shape: Lionheart (Robusto Grande)
Size: 5.5 x 50
Ave Maria is a fairly new brand that has been getting alot of hype out there so I decided to try myself a box-pressed Lionheart and I wasn’t disappointed with the price and the profile, which was a great mix throughout. To start off I noticed the band on this stick is pretty extensive and large which is a little different from the norm but, I enjoyed it. This is a medium-bodied smoke that is made in Esteli with an Ecuadorian Habano sun-grown wrapper that had a small amount of light veins. The binder is Nicaraguan and the long-fillers are Honduran and Nicaraguan which make an excellent blend of flavors. The wrapper was firm to the touch with the prelight smell of rich tobacco and a sweetness I could not pin point exactly but, my best estimate would be a rich wood. The initial draw was smooth with not much effort needed and the flavors I experienced was a rich tobacco with a smooth creamy pepper that followed it. The smoke produced was alot and the aroma was very pleasant which tingled the nose. The first third remained the same with the flavors from the initial draw with the pepper rising very slightly in strength. Also I noticed a faint musky earth tone in there. The second third threw a little curve ball with the earth coming out more and it wasn’t musky instead a mild sweetness along with the pepper which made a amazing profile. As for the final third and finish the sweetness subsided and the earthy tobacco with spice remained. Overall the profile was amazing on this cigar, it started off steady then went somewhere else and finally came back to where it started. So, in a way the Ave Maria Lionheart was a trip that I really enjoyed. The draw was smooth, the burn was razor sharp, and the light grey ash was very firm and held on strong. I suggest everyone gives this great constructed cigar a try, its something new that I have a feeling most will enjoy.