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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Troy Bailey (tvolball)
92
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Arturo Fuento Anejo #50.  This is a harder to come by and pricey cigar that we are fortunate to have up for this review.  It is a limited edition cigar that comes out twice a year and is a true feast for the cigar aficionado: a dark maduro wrapper rolled around the best filler and binder from the Dominican Republic, then aged to perfection for 5 years in cognac barrels.  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Nick (kxthor911).  Thanks very much for your generosity Nick!

Length:
5.25
Ring Gauge:
50
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
United States
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar offered a very dark wrapper with and little bit of an oily sheen to it. It is not totally smooth an has a few bumps along the barrel. This one did have two veins running up the barrel and one was quite prominent. The barrel was quite firm but not so hard that it interfered with the smoke. It offered a leather and cedar aroma as I removed it from the cello. The end cap was applied very nicely and clipped on very clean.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The burn from this cigar was wavy the entire smoke but never required any touch ups. At one time it did get off quite a bit on one side and started to tunnel but it corrected itself without me having to do anything. The ash from this cigar was very light gray color with just a touch of pepper color throughout it and the ash very tight and compacted. It held for quite a long time till almost the halfway mark before falling. When the did fall, it remained together. To me this is a testament as to how well this cigar is constructed. The burn on the cigar is a slow burn and never got hot. For me this was a 75 minute smoke and I savored every minute. Even though this cigar seemed to be a little firm and hard, the smoke production from it was perfect. It had a clean white colored smoke coming from it.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw from this cigar was spot on for me. It wasn't restricted in anyway. The wrapper had a nice chocolate brown look to it and well done with no visible seams. I could see where the cap was applied but didn't stand out and had no loose edges.

Flavor: 35 Points of 45 Possible

I have to say that this cigar is full in the taste and in the flavor category, but not overpowering in body. Although it is a fuller bodied smoke, it is very smooth and doesn't give a huge nicotine blast that makes it so strong you can't enjoy it. For me it is a solid medium full smoke in body. The flavor from this cigar is amazing. For me it offers some of my favorite flavors I like in a cigar. It starts off with a nice smooth medium dark chocolate with just a touch cedar in the background. It does quickly add some dark roasted coffee and spice to the mix. At about the halfway mark, I start picking up some cinnamon. At this point, it stays the same until the end of the smoke. For me the end was until it literally burned my finger tips and lips because it was about a quarter of an inch long. The entire smoke was extremely smooth and flavorful.


Summary

The Anejo's have to be one of, if not my favorite cigar to smoke. And, the 50 to me is the best out of all sizes. The Anejo's offer a great flavor panel, and it's and enjoyable smoke to just sit back and relax with. Although I would say it not for the faint at heart, it is not so strong that most could not enjoy one. These are by far the best Arturo Fuente cigar on the market today.



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