Ave Maria Divinia cigars have got to be divine, right? Even before smoking one, we feel that the odds are in our favor. For one, all of the Ave Maria offerings have been hits. Perhaps more important (and one and the same) is they are A.J. Fernandez’s blends, so, yeah, our money says Ave Maria cigars are a quick trip to the Promised Land. After all, “simply be better” is the driving focus for the Ave Maria brand. Well, Ave Maria hasn’t released a disappointing blend to date, so we’re guessing the “simply be better” motto still holds.
Sure, everything is subjective, and there are those out there who don’t favor an A.J. blend, but those folks are few and far between. But, just as one should never blindly dislike something because of a previous release, one should never blindly like something for similar reasons.
That said, we’ll take a closer look at Ave Maria Divinia cigars, have a smoke, and report back our findings.
At the heart of the Divinia are aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers. A Nicaraguan binder covers these. Then comes the feisty Habano sun-grown wrapper, which brings it all together. The color scheme for the Templar Knight on the band and box is red, blue, and white. A secondary, lower blue band reads “DIVINIA.”
Ave Maria Divinia cigars come in individual coffins within stunning packaging. Since Ave Maria looks to produce cigars representing the soul of classic Cubans, we expect the Divinia cigars to offer peppery Cuban-seed flavors. We also expect a complex smoke. Enough gabbing, let’s raise one of these holy knights from his coffin and see what stories he has to tell.
First, let’s take a look at the cigar. Seams are invisible. Minimal veins. The wrapper is milk chocolate brown and speaks to so many memories of past cigars of the same hue. Off the shaft, we’re getting a lot of cedar and sweetness. On the cold draw, it’s all earth, pepper, and sweetness.
A little into the first third creamy smoke is delivering pepper, coffee, earthiness, and roasted nuts. In the second third, we saw the pepper, coffee, sweetness, earthiness, and roasted nuts increase. The smoke is smooth and balanced—could we go so far as to say, divine? The cigar is becoming bolder as things wrap up, though it's in a "rising tide lifts all boats" way as the balance here is undeniable.
The draw is perfect, and the burn slow and even. The smoke output is plentiful. This entire cigar has been a next-level experience, from the packaging to construction to the beautiful time smoking it. However, we won't say it was a religious one since all that detailed branding was pretty suggestive, and we don’t want that to sway our judgment here.
Please enjoy Ave Maria Divinia cigars at your leisure.