In what could be considered an estate cigar of sorts, A.J. Fernandez will soon be releasing the New World Dorado, a cigar line that consists primarily of tobacco from his Dorado farm in Estelí, Nicaragua. According to Fernandez, the soil on that farm has a golden hue, which is unusual as most of the dirt in Estelí tends to be an ashen shade of dark gray. This golden appearance inspired the name. (The word dorado means “golden” in Spanish.)
The Dorado farm is fairly new for Fernandez, only five years old, and the New World Dorado brand represents tobacco from its first harvest.
Dorado’s all-Nicaraguan blend is made up of a sun-grown, Cuban-seed wrapper and Criollo ’98 binder, both from the Dorado farm. And while there’s some tobacco in the filler from two other tobacco fields—one in Condega and a different farm in Estelí—the rest of the filler blend also incorporates leaf from the Dorado plantation.
All the sizes are box pressed and come in 10-count boxes. Made in Nicaragua at Fernandez’s San Lotano factory, New World Dorado is offered in four sizes: Robusto, at 5 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge; Toro, measuring 6 by 54; Gordito at 5 1/2 by 60, and a double-tapered, 6-by-56 Figurado.