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Javier Hernandez: The Czar of Cigar

Anejo Shark

Posted: December 12, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Javier Hernandez, the Czar of Cigar

 

Two weeks ago we reviewed a new cigar, the Mia Amor Reserva, paired with Macallan 21 year-old single-malt scotch. Today we continue with Part III of our pairing series.

Sometimes bad things happen for a reason.

In 1998 Hurricane George wiped out several tobacco aging storage facilities, including ones owned by the Fuente Family in the Dominican Republic. In these warehouses were the wrapper leaves that the Fuente’s used for the world famous Fuente Fuente Opus X. Fortunately, Carlito Fuente had binder and filler tobacco used in the Original Opus X safely stored in other warehouses that escaped hurricane George’s path.

Knowing they would not have the wrapper leaf to produce the Opus X that year, he purchased a five-year-aged Connecticut Maduro wrapper leaf. Then he aged this wrapper leaf in cognac barrels. With a unique wrapper leaf and proven binder and filler tobaccos the Anejo Extra Viejo was born. In 2001 the vitola known as the Shark hit the shelves of tobacconists across the world. As soon as the shark came in, it swam away to cigar smokers personal humidors. It became the most requested vitola in the Anejo line.

The Shark has a very unique shape. Measuring 5 7/8 x 50/64, this vitola has a foot that starts square in shape and rounds out to a 50 ring gauge. It is a square box press to round shape.

When you first light this cigar it requires extra toasting. This is due to the density and thickness of the tobacco leaves. The first third of the cigar offers hints of cognac and spice. The draw is excellent with a rich aroma. The second third of the cigar introduces wood and cocoa. The age of the tobaccos used is evident in how extremely clean it is on the palate. There is absolutely no bad taste lingering. As is typical with most Fuente cigars, it burns very slow. It is a medium body cigar with flavors mostly changing at the point where the cigar goes from square to round.

It makes this cigar a perfect cigar to pair with my favorite cognac, Louis XIII. At $2,500 a bottle, our resident plumber, car salesman, stockbroker, IT Manager, Hospital Administrator and Water Boy pool our money together to share a bottle during the holidays. Louis XIII offers hints of spices, fruit, ginger and floral notes. Aside from the taste what I enjoy most about Louis XIII is its aroma. The aroma from this cognac leaves my sense of smell completely satisfied. It doesn’t get better than this. Being able to share the experience of fine cigars and liquor with friends and family is one of life’s most simple pleasures. Here’s to the Holidays and a very Happy New Year.

Star Rating 4.5

Relax and enjoy.

Stay tuned for our next paring in just a couple weeks.

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