Cigar Reviews

Man O’ War Virtue

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Today I bring you the newest offering from master blender AJ Fernandez’s Man O’ War line of cigars. The Virtue is a great compliment to the already popular Man O’ War lineup. To read more about AJ Fernandez and about the Man O’ War line, check out my review of the Man O’ War Torpedo or Tony’s review of the powerful Man O’ War Ruination. While the Ruination and the regular Man O’ War line are good full bodied smokes, the Virtue comes in at the lower mild-medium level to balance out the line.

As far as Connecticut’s go, there is quite a selection out on the market and each one tries to be unique in it’s own way. The Virtue has a great blender to back it up along with a line of cigars that has been well received by most of the cigar community. The Virtue line comes in 6 vitolas including Robusto, Toro, Torpedo, Solomon, Lonsdale and Churchill. If you are looking for the power that the Ruination offers, don’t look here. It may have some faintly similar notes but no where near the strength offered. What this does offer is a great medium smoke that can go well anytime of the day.

I’m settling down outside after a nice BBQ lunch to enjoy this cigar with one of my favorite blondes (No, not a woman, a beer…) Take a read through and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

Cigar: Man O War Virtue
Drink: Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer
Vitola: Robusto (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $7 – $8 MSRP
Burn Time: 1.5 Hours

Construction:
• Very even diameter throughout
• A good firmness with a perfect spring, consistent throughout
• Looks to be a little bit of extra glue on the triple cap and it has some discoloration but still looks clean
• No major veins on the wrapper
• Foot looks to be well packed
• Cut was even and clean
• Great draw, very little effort but not too open
• I still love these Man O War bands, the Spartan-type logo is really neat
• With about 1.5 inches left the wrapper cracked a bit just below the cap, hoping it doesn’t cause any issues
• Burned through the crack without any problems

Burn:
• Toasting was a little uneven but gave off an awesome cedar aroma
• Burn has been dead on for the first half
• Staying lit easily, not much effort required
• Cigar stayed effortless until the end with no major burn issues

Smoke & Ash:
• Lots of smoke from each draw, really fills the mouth
• Lots of resting smoke that gives off that awesome burning cedar aroma
• Ash looks strong but first fell off in about half an inch, could be the wind today
• No flaking or crookedness
• Second ash was around an inch but the rest were all smaller so have an ashtray nearby

Tasting Notes:
• Wrapper aroma is of dry wood and tobacco
• Foot has a sort of honey-sweet and grassy aroma complimented by cedar
• Pre-light draw has lots of cedar flavor to it with an earthy undertone and a mild spice
• Initial draws are very woodsy with a tiny hint of honey sweetness
• Mild body at the start
• Retrohale is also mild and has a wonderful cedar finish
• Approaching the half-way mark, the sweet honey has changed to a more natural honey flavor.  Not as sweet but still quite good
• Past the half-way point and flavors haven’t changed much more but this is still an enjoyable smoke with some nice cedar notes to it and a bit of creaminess
• Getting close to the nub and cedar with a natural honey flavors are still the only major ones around
• There were hints of creamy vanilla and a cinnamon-like spice here and there but they never made a prominent appearance
• Very little harshness on the nub, got to enjoy it right to the end

Final Thoughts:
A lot of people avoid some of the milder sticks because they feel the flavors are just not as enjoyable or complex as most fuller bodied sticks.  There are some exceptions that stand out in the pack against this rule and this stick has now joined that group in my books.  Construction, burn, draw, flavor, everything worked well here to make a fine smoke.  It’s great for new cigar smokers or veterans looking for a tasty morning smoke.  Even though the flavors did not change much they were enjoyable from start to finish.  I could see this getting boring in a churchill size but a robusto or smaller would go very nicely. The price is a bit high compared to other Connecticuts on the market but you can find good deals on them well below MSRP if you look.  Did I mention that I like the band?

Pairings:
Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer is a great brew from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Oak flavors are one of my favorites, in wine, ports and beers alike.  This brew is fairly light but full of flavors making for a great summer or lunchtime beer but can be enjoyed anytime easily.  It matched very well with the woodsy flavors of this cigar.  The cigar would also go very well with a morning coffee or even a simple diet soda or glass of water.  Try not to drink anything too strong or full with this cigar as it will drown out the flavors it offers.
 

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he’s not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/Dalamscius

13 Comments

  1. Jared

    July 6, 2010 at 10:33 am

    This sounds amazing! I knew it would be. Great review. Feel free to let me try one!

  2. Tony Casas

    July 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Safe travel Jared, be careful!

  3. Tadd

    July 6, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Grand review Daniel! I agree with the cedar and sweetness you got. I really like these as my go to early morning/ midday smoke. They are in top spot competition with your and my favorite.

  4. Dalamscius

    July 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks Jared and safe travels from me too!

    Thanks Tadd, the price is a bit high but if I find them for a steal i will definitely grab a few more.

  5. The Champ

    July 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Awesome review…I may have to introduce this cigar to my lady since she’s a big fan of connie cigars since she’s starting out

  6. Tony Casas

    July 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    It’s badass that your girl smokes champ. Mine has been cutting back lately, but she’ll still light up from time to time whenever we hit the shop. The power of peer pressure.

  7. Dalamscius

    July 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Nicely done Champ! I’ve been trying to get my girl to smoke some cigars, she’ll have the occasional flavored/infused cigar but that’s about it.
    Thanks for the comment champ!

  8. JoseFloresJr

    July 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    nice review man, you know i’m not really a connie fan, i find myself smoking more med to full body, but this is one i’ve been very curious about. And after your take on it and the pics this seems like a good cigar, well worth a try. Thanks for the review

  9. Joe

    July 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Great review. I’m a huge A.J Fernandez fan, and the Man o’ War in the Robusto #2 and the Man o’ War Ruination in the torpedo are both some favorites of mine. I look forward to trying these; also, many people have been earning their “Man o’ War” badge by smoking one of each in a day (Virtue, Original, Ruination is the order.)i

  10. Joe

    July 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Great review. I’m a huge A.J Fernandez fan, and the Man o’ War in the Robusto #2 and the Man o’ War Ruination in the torpedo are both some favorites of mine. I look forward to trying these; also, many people have been earning their “Man o’ War” badge by smoking one of each in a day (Virtue, Original, Ruination is the order.)

  11. Alix Vaninetti

    August 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Maduro, perhaps the most misunderstood tobacco in the world, has slowly been taking more of the spotlight as cigar makers add more dark and oily blends to their lines. Maduro has had a tough reputation over the past 15 years, mainly because of misconceptions.

  12. James

    March 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    The Virtue is one of the finest Cigars I’ve smoked and I’ve smoked the Best from the Cuban Monticristo #2 to the top of the line Dominicans. The Virtue was just about perfect in burn and the ash stayed firm and didn’t fall off until just about 2″ so the fella who said the ash fell off at about a 1/2 ” had some serious wind problems because it’s not the cigar. The Virtue put out tons of rich, velvety voluminous smoke with a host of delicious flavors , ala Hickory , roasted nuts, the draw was exquisite . A medium body smoke that stayed consistent all the way to the nub and didn;t give you that bitter sour taste like so many cigars do when you get down to the last 2and a half inches. I liked this stick better than the regular “Man of War” because while rich and full in flavor it didn’t knock my ass off like the Maduro did . If this cigar wasn’t so expensive i would have it stocked in both humidors not just one. I rate this stick a solid 90.

  13. Steve Koppany

    February 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Got this stick as part of a sample pack. I was reading your review as I was smoking the cigar. You nailed it! I’m looking forward to getting more of these.

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