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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Magnum R (Rosado Sungrown) Vitola 52
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Joe McDowell (MacMac)
87
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 Jameson Irish Whiskey

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

The Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R 52 wrapper has a rich brown color with a colorful gold wrapper with red and black accents.

The Rosado leaf has an earthy fragrance with a light hint of sweet mint.  The foot has an earthly aroma with a little hay mixed. The prelighting draw is open and easy. A flavor of hay is noted with a nutty taste left on the lips.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The Magnum was lit using a wooden match. The burn was uneven in the first third, but evened out in the second third of the smoke. The cigar’s burn rate was slow and consistent. I enjoyed the cigar for approximately fifty minutes. The ash, grey in color, was tight and sturdy initially holding fast through the entire first third of the smoking of the cigar.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

The Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper leaf has pronounced veins though the seams are tight. The leaf has a dry, rough texture. The barrel and foot are firm. The cap’s seam is visible with a slightly raised portion in the seam. The cap cut cleanly. The cigar has an easy and open draw, giving a very good volume of smoke.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R 52 with its Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper lived up to the claim of a “mellow” smoking cigar. The smoke was smooth and easy on the palate with a dry feel. The initial flavor was toasty and a bit spicy with hints of minerals and white pepper.

As smoking continued the cigar was very mellow into and through the second third. The smoke remainded smooth with an added creaminess. The flavor became more complex with the spiciness diminshing slightly. A nutty flavor emerged with a pepper finish and a mineral touch left on the lips.

Leather appeared in the final third, becoming the predominate flavor and the peppery finish becoming more pronounced, but not over-bearing. Overall the cigar became a bit less mellow becoming somewhat bolder. The smoke remained creamy and abundant in volume.

Summary

The R 52 is medium-bodied, medium in strength and gives a complexity of flavors.

Overall, I’d say the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R 52 with its Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper lives up to its claim as a mellow smoke.



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