The A.J. Fernandez New World Oscuro was made to commemorate the historic voyages of Christopher Columbus in the late 1400s. It’s a Nicaraguan puro featuring a blend of tobaccos from a variety of growing regions, bundled up in a nice, dark wrapper. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and pepper swirl around when you smoke this tasty cigar, which is also available in Connecticut and Puro Especial versions.
It’s good we have a cigar to honor Columbus – after all, without him, there might not be any cigars! Europeans had never heard of tobacco before the first reports came back that Native Americans were smoking dried herbs out of pipes. Tobacco, as they called it, made people feel energized, a tad high, and kept them coming back for more with frightening reliability. It was used medicinally and in certain ceremonies.
All the Europeans knew was that once you got into it, you got really into it (some things never change). In fact, “nicotine” is named after the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum, which in turn is named after the French ambassador to Portugal, Jean Nicot de Villemain. It was he who first sent tobacco and seeds to Paris in the 1500s to be presented to the French king.
Anyhow, the primary thing to notice about this cigar is the luscious Oscuro wrapper. Taken from the top priming of the tobacco plant (the so-called “corona”), these leaves are fermented for a shorter time at a lower temp and then aged, turning a nice dark color. It’s the process that makes a leaf Oscuro, as opposed to it coming off the plant that way.
Please browse our selection of A.J. Fernandez New World Oscuro cigars at your leisure.