Cigar Aficionado

Enclave Churchill
52 52
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium-Full
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 52
Length 7"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Cameroon
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price $6.70
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 20
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2019 | Score: 84

A lumpy, uneven Churchill covered in a rough wrapper and uncut foot. It burns rather hot, so any initial notes of woody and fresh tobacco become charry and dry.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2016 | Score: 92

A gorgeous big cigar with a reddish-brown wrapper and uncut foot. Each puff is full of earthy, bready notes punctuated by hints of carob chips, coffee. There are some charry notes on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 03, 2015 | Score: 92

A gorgeous Churchill with a reddish brown wrapper and uncut foot. Each puff is full of earthy, bready notes punctuated by hints of carob chips, coffee and a charry finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale