What started in 2014 as the first AJF cigar co-blended by A.J. Fernández and his father, Ismael, has blossomed into arguably the most successful brand in the entire AJF Cigar Co. portfolio. Said brand is the New World, which kicked off with the high-value New World Oscuro, and has since expanded to include a wide variety of blends that encompass nearly every region of the cigar-profile flavor map. Twenty twenty-two brought the New World Dorado into the fold, marking the fifth cigar in the collection. Similar to the New World Puro Especial cigar before it, the Dorado homes in on a certain growing region for nearly the entirety of the blend. But where the Puro Especial fancied itself something of an Estelí puro, the Dorado takes specificity one step further, using tobaccos almost entirely from a single farm. Here’s where things get interesting, as the farm at hand (also named Dorado) differs from the norms of Estelí soil, being golden in appearance (hence the Dorado name), as opposed to the near-black style that the region is known for. Roughly five years after planting the first seeds at the Dorado farm, the leaves from the region’s first harvest were used to blend New World Dorado. This includes the wrapper, binder, and a portion of the filler (the remainder of the filler comes from A.J.’s other farms of Condega and Estelí). All said, this amounts to the rare occurrence of an almost entirely new experience, being abundantly aromatic and loaded with warm spices (think Italian cooking), a savory sweetness, and a memorable gingersnap quality through the finish.
New World Dorado Breakdown
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Estelí)
Factory: San Lotano (Nicaragua)
Production: Regular Production
Price: $11.00–$12.80 (MSRP)