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Ave Maria Lionheart Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Ave Maria Lionheart Cigar Review

This 5.5×55 box pressed stick offers a soft smooth and firm dark brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and sweet barnyard aroma first light reveals a perfect draw with a ton of rich heavy smoke giving peppery creamy textured tobacco flavor, medium-full in body with a long finish. The first third develops to very similar flavors, adding a bit of pepper to the draw and finish, coming down to a solid medium body. 45 minutes in to the 1/2 way point there are no further changes to the flavor profile. Construction is perfect, with a razor sharp burn and perfect draw with tons of smoke. Ending at 1:30 the whole cigar proved to be very consistent in flavor profile with no noticeable transitions. Thank you very much to viewer Greg Bellante for generously sending this in for review!

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  1. Greg Bellante says:

    Bryan; I’m very happy you enjoyed the Ave Maria , i thought your review was spot on and i agree the only minus is it doesn’t hold a long ash but other than that a good stick. I hope your review of the Isla del Sol by Drew Estate will be as good. Greg

    • Darin says:

      Greg, if you like del Sols I have have a grip of them that have been sitting for some time. They used to be my favorite go-to cigar before becoming more acclimated to the natural tobacco nuances. Now the sweetness is a bit too much for me. Very good cigar though. Drew Estate use to be all I bought! I still enojoy the Acid sticks from time to time. Anyway, let me know if you’d be interested in some kind of trade. I have about 15, some I think 5 x 54 some 6 x 54.

      • Greg Bellante says:

        Thanks for the offer Darin but I’ve another stick from Drew Estate that I’m kind of hooked on and that is the “Cafe Con Leche” 5.5x 54
        Torpedo. It’s a bit more pricey than the del Sols but not as pricey as their top of the line Java… give them a try sometime i think you will like them.

        • Darin says:

          Cool, yeah that’s a great stick and I actually have one left! Although I haven’t smoked anything by Drew Estate in some time now.


  2. Adam says:

    Hey Bryan, can you define some of the flavor notes you talk about in your reviews. Flavors like nuts, cream, leather, earth. I can taste coffee but some flavors I cant really tell what I’m tasting and possibly some terms your giving could be the flavors I can’t place.

    • Bryan Glynn says:

      All the flavors I describe are self explanatory. Not everyone is able to taste all the flavors, and you have to smoke the cigar the right way to bring them out.

      • Adam says:

        Gotcha. I figured they were but I just haven’t been able to positively say “this is cocoa that I’m tasting” Thanks and I watch a review everyday and I constantly check for new ones. Great job!

  3. desperado213 says:

    Sounds like a great morning or afternoon stick! How much do these cost on average?

  4. JohnG says:

    Thanks for the review Bryan. Sounds like the Ave Maria Lionheart Cigar is something to, at least, try.

  5. Darin says:

    I was glad to see you review this cigar. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve had one sitting in my humi for over 4 months now. Waiting for that right moment to dig into it! Great review!

  6. CliffJohnston says:

    Actually tried this one before I watched the review. Like always, totally agree with the review. Agree with the comments on the band as well….have to add this one to my humi project.

  7. Dirk says:


    All of your reviews are very entertaining and spot on! I would like to see you review the Ave Maria Crusader.(robusto) I let some rest in my Humi finding a development of three transitions very tasty.

  8. dgrambo says:

    I think this size is the plainest, least flavorful size of the series. I like the one thats like a church or DC best.

  9. LordCybor says:

    This cigar has a very nice sweet finish all the way through. Very nice stick for the $$$

  10. vscarpine says:

    Hey Bryan have you ever tried the Ave Maria Reconquista…I really enjoy the lionheart I tried and wondering if the Reconquista was worth the $20

    • puffrey says:

      vscarpine- I had the Reconquista about a year ago. Great stick, whether the $20 price is worth it is based on whether you simply are willing to fork out $20 for a stick. I would say I have had countless other cheaper sticks that I enjoyed just as much but to each their own.

  11. puffrey says:

    decent deal on boxes of these on one of the online retailer sites if anybody is digging them!

  12. Daniel.A says:

    i placed an order on these along with some e.p. carillos short runs. can’t wait to have these. sucks though that my bro-in-law gets the other half of a deal that we both agreed on. DAMN! oh well i’m sure i’ll be happy with these. btw i have had the e.p.’s and man they’re awesome.

  13. Daniel.A says:

    got nothing bad to say about this cigar. i like it, im at the last two inches or so. its been a real consistent cigar like Bryan said. i’ve enjoyed it the whole way. good thing i got another four waiting for me

  14. eric.hanson says:

    The Ave Maria line has become one of my favorites recently, these are great and the Reconquistas are one of my favorite sticks.

  15. lazyboy says:

    im smoking the Ave Maria knights Templar right now. Pretty good stick. this is the last of a few I got in a sampler. ill grab them again if the price is right.

  16. Cajun says:

    I had all sorts of construction issues with the first one I smoked; wrapper cracked in a few places, draw was a bit tight, etc. Really disappointed. BUT, I guess my 5-pack needed some humi time. MUCH BETTER this time around. No issues whatsoever, the ash held a good 1″1/2, burn was razor sharp, tons of smoke, excellent draw, no wrapper issues and I was able to slide the band right off. I like that fact since I’ve started collecting bands. Stayed cool til the nub.

  17. Buffalo Trace says:

    An Ave Maria Knights Templar came in the Delicious Dozen from CI and it is great. So far it ranks in my top 3 favs up there with the Ramon Bueso Odyssey and CAO Black Bengal.

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