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Quick Smoke: Man O’ War Ruination Belicoso

14 Nov 2010

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”


Before A.J. Fernandez created his first solo release, San Lotano, he blended cigars for a host of cigar makers. He also created Diesel and Man O’ War for online and mail-order giant Cigars International. Ruination was the full-bodied followup to the original Man O’ War, made with an Ecuadorian habano ligero wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. The Belicoso (5.7 x 56) features an impressive depth of flavor, including chewy nut, coffee, cream, leather, earth, and vanilla. It’s a full-bodied smoke with just a hint of black pepper on the finish. Available for around $6-7, the well-constructed Man O’ War is highly recommended for fans of strong, flavorful cigars.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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2 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Man O’ War Ruination Belicoso”

  1. Ethan K Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I love this cigar and was fortunate to get 10 for $40 twice but not lately. The robusto #2 6×60 is close in dimensions but much different for me, but others find it about the same as the belicosa.

  2. Kevin McCormick Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    The taste is good and the price point great that I don't care too much about the vitola