Ave Maria Crusader (Guest Review)

23 responses

  1. Scott
    November 12, 2010

    I bought a fiver of these from cigarsinternational.com and really enjoyed the one I tried. A little humidor time and they might be a real giant killer.

  2. JT
    November 12, 2010

    can’t wait to try these!

    • JT
      December 20, 2010

      I finally smoked the robusto I got from Ccom. full flavored medium – full bodied smoke that just begs you to take another pull. a great compliment by AJ to the Man O War and Ruination full bodied lines. He really hit a home run with this one. I will say though, unlike the MOW and Ruination, these need a month or so in the humi before smoking.

  3. Chris (aka BeaverC32)
    November 12, 2010

    Thanks for using my review guys!

    • Brian Hewitt
      November 13, 2010

      Thanks for writing it!

      Sounds like something I outta try. And man, that’s a big band. But pretty cool looking too.

  4. dave l
    November 12, 2010

    I’m smoking one right now based on your review. Earlier tonight i headed over to the Cigars International superstore in Bethlehem PA to pick one up… And had the special treat of seeing Miss May 2003 who was there for a Playboy cigars promo! Bonus!

    • GARY
      December 13, 2010

      For those of you within car distance of Cigars International stores (Bethlehem, PA) they have a coupon special this month (December 2010) on a sample box of 8 Ave Marias – different sizes for $30. I got one last week and can’t wait to open it. The coupon must be printed off of their web site.

  5. Sin7
    November 13, 2010

    curious about these guys, thanks for the review!

  6. Ave Marian
    November 15, 2010

    Wow – I live in Ave Maria, Florida, a new university town, where there is a growing cigar culture.
    The local Queen Mary Pub & Grille has a large humidor, and the men in town hold cigar nights at the tables out front every Thursday. I am ordering a box of these (something I NEVER do), and I will give one to my friend who runs the pub. I bet he will soon be stocking them.

  7. Nick (NBDASH)
    November 20, 2010

    Can’t wait to try this cigar, it sounds pretty damn good too from the description. Overall I havent been upset with a AJ Fernandez cigar yet and this sounds like just another gem in the collection. Thanks for the pre-view review, i love these quick little reviews on new cigars.

  8. Eric
    December 4, 2010

    I am smoking one right now with some most excellent Buffalo Trace bourbon. NIce feel, mild right now but tasty. I may jump back on with my final thoughts.

    • joe mazloom
      January 29, 2011

      I have smoked 10 ave maria cigars. 5 belicoso and 5 churchil size.flavor and draw were great. Nice looking sticks. The burn was awful, uneven and flaky on all of them. Not what I would have expected from a cigar that CI calls the next best thing.

  9. Ron
    December 20, 2010

    The Ave Maria is one of the Best Cigars I have in a long time.A very good smoke to the end.

  10. Wade Howard
    January 14, 2011

    I really wish the cigar world would give AJ Fernandez the press that he deserves. His Man O’ War series with the great core line, the terrific Ruination extension and the utterly amazing Armada is just the beginning of his legacy. But as great as those 3 cigars are, I think the Ave Maria is even better. I smoked it almost the minute that I received it from UPS (which is a rarity for me). And I was just floored at how good it is. I bought a box of the Holy Grail (Salomon) and the ST. Clement (Torpedo) immediately thereafter and each one has been awesome. A year or two of box aging and these will rival anything out there.

  11. TriMarkC
    January 27, 2011

    I’ve been wanting try AJ’s Man O’ War series, and it looks like that wish will come true likely next week.

    But now I have to add the Ave Marie to my list, since the flavor profile described here is right up my alley! Great review Chris!

  12. clovis
    February 25, 2011

    A friend gave me an Ave Maria to try without any comment about the cigar just to try.
    Well I don’t know about the guys that are giving this cigar the rave reviews, but I thought the cigar was average. Not great but average. In fact on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 5 and that being generous.
    The best way to try a new cigar is make it the first cigar of the day.

    To quote Mark Twain: “No one can tell me what is a good cigar. I am the only judge, there are no standards no real standards. Each man’s preference is the only standard for him, the only one which he can accept, the only one which can command him”.

    Although It does have an intricate band.

    • John
      May 23, 2011

      I definately agree with your rating.I would say your spot on.

  13. Roberto
    April 16, 2011

    I have smoked 3 different sticks of the Ave Maria. Two of them were larger ring guage and the 3rd was the 7×48. The first two I have to say were good but not great. The third was excellent. I don’t know if it was the ring guage or just variation but after trying the 7×48 I went online and ordered a box of the 6×48.

  14. John
    May 23, 2011

    Just tried the Ave Maria line.Even though a good rounded cigar,i dont think it lives up to the hype written.I just finished the crusader.A nice well rounded taste,A good cigar but not really an excellent smoke like the hype portrays them as.Would i buy a box of the Ave Marie’s,not really.I guess i will try a few of the different sizes before i make my final opinion on this brand.I believe if im not mistaken AJ Fernadaz is the maker and i found his Sol Lotano,habana is a way more enjoyable cigar.I smoked the church hill size and found a delish smoke from start to finish.On a scale from 1 to 10 the Ave Maria for me was a 6.A problem for me was you had to touch up this cigar through the smoke.For me not just the next best thing,just a decent cigar.Dont always believe the hype.

  15. Bill
    November 23, 2012

    Try the Clermont size gauge and you will see a big difference…look at the CI video where they gave these to cigars makers unbanded and it was the Clermont size. The smaller guage Ave’s just seem to taste and burn better than their larger cigars.

    • SLY
      September 15, 2014

      The regular Ave Marias, I found were good, but not knocking my socks off … I normallly prefer the larger cigars … torpedo, toro, salomon … but someone suggested the Clermont (corona larga), and I liked them enough to now have bought a couple boxes. One problem I have is that my current living situation has not allowed me to do any long term aging of the cigars in humidors, so I can’t say what aging would do to these cigars, but my hunch is that they would get even better. Next, I have now had the Ave Maria Immaculata which has now become my favorite mild to medium … very fine cigar in the torpedo, rivaling anything similar in size and wrapper … great construction … blew the last Cuban Montecristo #2 I had right out of the water.

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