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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Magnum R (Rosado Sungrown) Vitola 52
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member Vroomp (Brad).  The cigar provided for this round is the Arturo Fuente Magnum R (Rosado Sungrown) Vitola 52.

The Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R 52 is yet another show-stopping cigar coming from master blender Carlos Fuente Jr. Ever since their beginning, the Fuente family has absolutely dominated the cigar industry with their exotic blends, incredible workmanship and unmatched consistency. The Rosado Sungrown is by no means any exception to this standard of quality that the Fuentes seem to master like nobody else. As just about all Fuente cigars, this one hails from the Dominican Republic and is lovingly rolled using the finest quality Dominican filler and binder leaves. The big story about this cigar, however, is the exotic Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper leaf, gathered from the lower primings of the tobacco plant for a more mellow, "old-school" taste, straying from Carlos Fuente Jr's signature trend of powerful "experienced smoker only" cigars of recent years. These leaves were left over from the original Fuente Sungrown line and aged for an incredible 8-10 years before rolling. After production, the cigars age for an additional year in order for the flavors to "marry."


Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Rosado
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with coffee

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

Nice solid cannon, wrapper is pretty smooth, cap is well applied and the flag is almost invisible it blends with the wrapper so well. There is a slight sheen to the wrapper and it gives off a nice sweet tobacco smell prelight. Couple small vein lines but nothing to major, over all a good looking cigar.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Took a flame without any problems and initial smoke production is good. The ash flowered a bit in the first inch but then straitened right out, The ash is almost pure white in color and is solid. It held past an inch and a half with ease. The burn is almost razor strait and was slow and cool from start to finish.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Construction appears good prelight, cap was well applied and took a cut well revealing a nice open draw. The wrapper is a nice example of good leaf and is relatively smooth with only a couple small vein lines. The cannon feels solid and the filler looks even at the foot.

Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible

Getting a decent amount of spice in the retro and a bit on the tongue as well right off. There is a slightly sweet malty hint and a almond note in the background along with some woody flavors. Nice start, not overly complex but decent balance and a good set of flavors. The spice drops off and I pick up some chocolate and cream about 3/4 of an inch in, really smooth and balanced now.
     The second third is marked by a decrease in the sweet hint and a espresso flavor has joined the profile. Still getting chocolate and the wood notes but the almond has faded away.
     The last third is a continuation of the previous third but with a bit more spice. Balance is still good and the flavor profile is very enjoyable.

Summary

This was a really nice smoke, nice slow burn, great smoke production, an awesome flavor profile. It took me about 90 minutes to smoke and it was enjoyable from start to finish. Burn was almost perfect and overall construction was top notch.



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