Cigar Review: Man O’ War Toro

by Daniel on July 28, 2008

Man O' War toro cigar
Brand: Man O’ War
Line: Man O’ War
Vitola: Toro (6.5 x 52)
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Body: Medium-to-full
Strength: Medium
Box Price: $128 (Box of 22)

Several Web retailers have been giving the Man O’ War cigar a bit of a push lately. Perhaps it’s justified, as it’s made by A.J. Fernandez, an up-and-comer in the cigar biz and maker of the Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, ITC 10th Anniversary, Padilla Habano and Rocky Patel Fusion cigars.

We at Cigar Jack like to keep up with the latest trends, and after smoking the Man O’ War, it seems that Fernandez may have snatched the “hot cigar maker” mantle from Don “Pepin” Garcia. Just maybe.

Anyway, the Man O’ War cigar has a slightly oily, slightly veiny wrapper, along with firm construction and a prelight scent of mocha.

Once lit, I found that the cigar drew well and burned an even column of dark gray ash. In fact, the ash was so solid that it stayed on after I shook the stick violently — and I did this several times.

The Man O’ War started out spicy, and then progressed to have an earthy, leathery taste. All through the smoke — which lasted about 90 minutes — I caught hints of cocoa and coffee.

Verdict: A very smooth, very enjoyable, well-made smoke. I didn’t have to re-light this sucker once, even after shaking it around. (I was doing this on the street, mind you, so I must have looked like an idiot.)

Similar cigars: A more complex version of the Sol Cubano Cuban Classic.

Popularity: 29% [?]

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doc8466 July 28, 2008 at 10:27 am

I picked up a good sized sampler when they first showed up on cbid and am glad I did. A- They’re a great smoke. Full of flavor, rich and thick. B- It seems like everyone has found out about them so there’s no more getting them for $2.50 each. This is a definite must try in my book.

Thanks for another great review Jesse.

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A Cigar Smoker July 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I always hold back when it comes to ordering sticks from online. It worries me when a cigar is internet only and so far I have not seen these cigars in local b&m. Most web only cigars aren’t worth the time.

Despite your review I still find it hard to pull the trigger on these…

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Jesse July 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I’ve found some great cigars I could only purchase over the internet. Local B&M’s have limited shelf space so they’re only going to sell stuff they know they can move.

Sometimes even a great cigar won’t move well, because enough people don’t know about it.

I’ve seen it happen at one of my local shops. They brought in a couple of really good lesser known brands but couldn’t move enough to keep them in stock any longer.

I’ve got about 6 or 7 brands that I can not find locally, and I go out of my way to buy a box of them occasionally from online retailers.

One example I can think of off the top of my head is the 5 Vegas Series A. A nice cigar for the price.

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Daniel July 28, 2008 at 5:10 pm

A Cigar Smoker – As much as I like supporting my local dealer, I can’t afford to buy all of my sticks at full retail price. To be honest, I probably never would have really gotten into cigars if it weren’t for the discount pricing of Web retailers.

I find that there are brands I can get only through brick-and-mortar stores, just like there are brands I can only find on the Web.

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Barry July 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Oh I agree I don’t buy all my cigars retail. I use mail order more often then not. However, when a cigar is internet only i shy away from it.. a perfect example is the rocky patel fusion line.. internet only and garbage…

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Joe Rathaven July 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm

So far, I’ve had three Man O’ War and each has had problems. The first was smoked upon receipt from an on-line retailer (very reliable) and was like smoking a sponge; far too moist. I put the rest in the humi to rest.

The second was tried after three weeks in the humi and it was a brick. Too tight, I never got to the sweet spot; had to give up after 1 1/2 inches, my gums were receding and I was getting a headache. The ash didn’t fall off, though, so it’s got that going for it.

The third was last night; uneven burn, unruly and hot. After fighting it for about 20 minutes I allowed it to rest, let it go out, cleaned the ash and re-lit. Within 5 minutes it was burning down one side, so I dropped it in the ash tray and lit a Rocky Patel Decade that I received in the same order with the Man O’ War; the Decade was wonderful!

I’m not going to give up on Man O’ War; I have 17 more resting in the humi.

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doc8466 July 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

Damn, what a horrible introduction to the line! I’ve had several and have given as many away and the only problems were uneven burn, but we can never know if it’s the stick or the wind over here, so I wouldn’t blame construction out right at all.
Your luck is bound to change with #4. :-)

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don Vito August 7, 2008 at 2:45 am

I purchase all of my cigars on line. Mostly W/C.I., and really have had no problems what so ever. Anyway, the Man O’War was a hit with me. Spice up front, earthy, peppery a hint of vanilla and finished nicely with some sweet spice. A very pleasing, tasty stick. I would recommend you try it for yourself. I’ll modestly rate it a 9. Enjoy.

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Big Bill May 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Well i bought a box of the corona size and i think they are awesome! I havent had any issues at all after the humidity in them dropped from ci
they must keep there humidity very high as when i get a new box i will take one out several hours before i lite it until they have time to settle

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Dave August 19, 2009 at 12:38 am

Tried one of these but it had unfortunately arrived by mail order from US to Australia with damaged, brittle wrapper which also ripped and partially unravelled on cutting. Still got plenty of smoke but was disappointed with flavour. Got a strong start with mainly a pepper flavour with a leather background but also with funny “cheap” undertone. Only hints of walnut and coffee, maybe because cigar had dried out at some stage. Did not vary much throughout, maybe just had a bad one. It was a large 7.5 inch presidente from sampler maybe the supplier had a lot of the larger size left over?

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mac September 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I am with a lot of you that I will shy away from an internet only cigar. I prefer supporting local shops, that said a friend gave me one of these to try and now I have just started my third box! For some reason the Double Corona seems to smoke a little more consistent than the others and it is my cigar of choice for football games or poker night. Wonderful cigar and when you hit the sweet spot expect a wonderful mix of flavor with an increased coffee flavor that leaves a good taste in your mouth for hours.

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Tom Garcia March 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I’ve purchased two boxes from C.I and everytime the sticks tasted great. I have had some issues of uneven burning, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the smoke. I choose this as my unwinding smoke becaues it is a good 60 minute plus of spicey, leathery and nutty appeal. I have shared M.O.W with a few friends and they all appreciated the fullness this cigar.

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Josh Denny October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I am fairly new to cigar smoking and still trying various ones to see what I really like. I got a Man O’ War in a sampler and admittedly was intrigued by the band. I looked it up online and it had favorable reviews so I smoked it while enjoying some Scotch with a friend. I must say that so far this is my favorite smoke. I have been hanging more around the mild end of the spectrum and gather that the Man O’ War is more of a medium to full but this cigar really fit my tastes well. It was a nice 90 minute smoke and the draw was perfect from start to finish. I felt the flavor was pretty consistent but there were some changes over the smoke but I’m not so good at describing the changes. It was good enough that it is the first cigar I have had that made me purchase a full box.

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