Born of Cuban heritage, A.J. Fernandez is the grandson of the creator of the now popular San Lotano brand – which AJ revived to the delight of its fans. But what really put him on the map was his commitment to old-world techniques handed down to him. He understood at an early age, the wisdom of well beyond his years – that a classic approach made for a better cigar, and the proof was in the sea of high ratings his cigars earned again and again. Almost overnight, he became the cigar ‘whiz kid’ and was lauded as a prodigy.
Today, AJ Fernandez boasts an unrivaled resume. He’s worked with Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo, H. Upmann, Jochy Blanco, and countless more – truly one of the most prolific cigarmakers of the modern era.
While A.J. built his reputation on strong, full-bodied blends like Diesel and Man O’ War, most Ave Maria cigars serve as the more approachable side of his blending prowess. Hand-rolled at his famed Tabacalera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, the cigars in the Ave Maria line bring a touch of balance to AJ’s notoriously stout profile. Ave Maria, with its chocolatey brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, rich Nicaraguan binder and aroma-filled blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Nicaraguan long fillers, sets the stage for a heavenly medium-bodied smoke.