Cigar Review: Last of the Crusades?

 Cigar Review: Ave Maria Crusader


At the beginning





First Third





IMG_2357.JPGThis is a blend that seems to be a  brand that is a creation of the cigar catlogue companies.


I asked around in several neighborhood B and M’s and they : A. never heard of it and B. clearly do not carry them.  However Ave Maria is readily available on-line.  I purchased this smoke as part of a sampler pack from but the exact date I do not recall.   

My policy is as always, how and where I purchase  the cigar does not influence my subjective comments. If you like what I wrote,   get the smoke and make your own judgement.


Brand/Name of Cigar: Ave Maria/ Crusader

Country of Origin: Nicaragua 

Size: 5 x 52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Robusto

 Price: Part of a sampler pack

Where and When Smoked:  Los Angeles , Ca. 10/1/17


The massive cigar band surrounding the smoke is so obvious  visually that you are forced to look at it. Once you can focus on the cigar itself you notice a pleasant-looking brown wrapper, solid construction with small veins running through the body. No soft spots and an oily feel to the cigar.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

The first inhale left a nutty hit with an undertone of pepper and hay.  This was pretty earthy and strong but was also smooth. For the first third , this was the main flavor of the cigar and it was rather fun to smoke.

The second and third portion of the cigar took a detour of an uneven quality. The smoke became somewhat harsh as the pepper took over and the smoothness was taken down a peg.  Pepper tends to dominate in a cigar blend if the other flavors were not represented as well.  I did not like the overall effect as the cigar lacked consistency.  I was hoping the Ave Maria would bring up some sweetness during the home stretch but this did not happen.

Smoking Characteristics: 

Overall a good burning cigar with a grey ash with barely any deviation of the burn line. The smoke had no re lights and burned steady.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

My expectations took a downward spiral after a very  spirited start. The uneven taste made it a tough cigar to finish. The cigar needed to be consistent and it did not do that for me.

Final Thoughts and the Numbers:

Appearance/Construction: 3.8 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3.0 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 of of 5

Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 3 out of 5

Worth another shot as it might be just an individual cigar issue. If I get hold of another Ave Maria Crusader as part of a sampler pack I would smoke it but would not purchase any quantity of them.

Keep smoking


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