Starting in a dilapidated factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and only six rollers, he came on to the scene by producing cigars for other manufactures like Rocky Patel. In 2010, Fernandez reintroduced the San Lotano brand and introduced the Oval shape- thus adding more notches to his impressive resume.
The San Lotano brand dates back to Cuba's pre-Castro era where the brand was among the most popular with traditional Cuban cigar makers. Retired for decades, the line is revived by Fernandez whose grandfather first started the brand in San Luis, Cuba.
Featuring a distinctively-shaped press finish that looks like, you guessed it, an oval, and a blend of tobaccos that's equally as unique, San Lotano Oval is truly a special cigar. Sporting a toothy and scrumptious Habano 2000 wrapper and brimming with rich Nicaraguan and Honduran long fillers, San Lotano Oval is primed for flavor. Accenting the blend further is a secret filler, known only to the people at Tabacalera Fernandez.
Despite its nontraditional appearance, this shape perfectly complements this masterfully blended handmade, creating an amazingly smooth and balanced experience. Expect notes of leather, nuts, and spice backed by a long, rich finish. Medium to full-bodied, the Oval burns and draws spot on. Unlike anything else, and that's a good thing.
San Lotano Oval received five separate 91-point ratings, one of which earned it a spot in the Top 25 Cigars of the Year. But this one in particular says it all perfectly: "Crafted with a very round head and ovular edges, the flat corona is rich with steady notes of leather, wood and dried cherry. The draw is even and lush throughout"
This is a "WOW" cigar that always leaves us begging for another. Do yourself a favor and pick some up while you can!
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