A.J. Fernandez Shows Off First Broadleaf Cigar At IPCPR

A.J. Fernandez Shows Off First Broadleaf Cigar At IPCPR

Enclave has gone dark. Nicaraguan cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez has launched a follow-up to his original Enclave brand called Enclave Broadleaf. This is the first time Fernandez has included a broadleaf-wrapped cigar as part of his own portfolio. (He has blended with broadleaf to create brands for other companies in the past).

Enclave Broadleaf launched nationally to all retailers at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show last week in Las Vegas.

"This is the first cigar from our portfolio that uses a Connecticut broadleaf [wrapper]," Frank Santos, marketing director of A.J. Fernandez Cigars, told Cigar Aficionado.

Underneath its dark, Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Enclave Broadleaf contains a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler tobacco from Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí and the Jalapa Valley. The cigar is available in three sizes: Robusto at 5 inches by 52 ring ($8.50); Toro, 6 1/2 by 54 ($9.00); and Churchill, 7 by 52 ($9.50).

Enclave Broadleaf

According to the company, Fernandez was inspired to create Enclave Broadleaf after the Enclave Churchill earned a spot on Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 list of 2016.

"A.J. was smoking the original Enclave after receiving [placement on] the Top 25 last year, and wondered what it would taste like with Connecticut broadleaf, which surprisingly he seldom uses, and he absolutely loved the taste," Santos said.

The original Enclave Churchill ranked No. 20 on Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars of the Year list.

Like its predecessor, Enclave Broadleaf is rolled at A.J. Fernandez's Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua, in Estelí, Nicaragua.

"Hello Mr. DiPaolo. While we cannot speak for what is reported on other sites, we can assure you that the wrapper on the Enclave Broadleaf is indeed from Connecticut, as our article indicates, not Pennsylvania. We get our information straight from A.J. Fernandez himself, as we have open, direct communication with him. You can also check the official AJ Fernandez website to cross check your information if you'd like. Thank you for reading, Greg" —August 14, 2017 09:55 AM
"I've seen on few different sites that this cigar has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and few have said Pennsylvania broadleaf... which one is it truly? " —August 12, 2017 21:35 PM