Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2018 | Score: 93
There is probably no one in the premium cigar business growing as quickly as A.J. Fernandez. If he isn't purchasing a new factory, he's acquiring new land for more tobacco farms, all the while producing his own cigars as well as some pretty high-profile contract brands. Despite all his activity, he has carefully crafted the New World Puro Especial. It's the newest version of his New World line and a profound expression of Estelí, Nicaragua, as all the tobacco inside the cigar comes from that town, best known as the cigarmaking capital of Nicaragua but also a source of reliably strong tobacco. Of course, Fernandez didn't do it all alone. He is assisted by his father, Ismael.