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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kid Montana (Kid Montana)
90
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 None

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

The pre light aroma of the foot is a delight, sweetness, raisins and a chewy full aroma, like a fully soaked rum pound cake.  The wrapper has a beautifully consistent matte finish with very little oils.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

Epic volumes of rich smoke!  Sitting in the ash tray, smoke streams off.  The burn begins to dart down one side where the filler is less tightly bunched so care was taken to prevent overheating.  The light gray ash flakes slightly in the gentle breeze.  I gently plied the ash off at about 3/4 inch and it resisted enough to hint towards longer ashes.  The lopsided burn persisted as the slower burning side kept pace with the initial run into the middle third and the burn evened towards the last third.  I allowed nearly 1.5" to build before rolling the ash off for the second time.  In the last third the ash consistently fell off at 1/2" when I didn't set the cigar down with care.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

The deep brown wrapper has a tough, sinewy characteristic, with none of the smooth perfection of a Davidoff.  The foot shows uneven bunching but the entire cigar has signs of well-aged tobacco before being rolled.  Punctuated by a perfect triple cap, the cigar came to me perfectly humidified, supple but firm.  A punch yields a perfect draw.

Flavor: 34 Points of 45 Possible

Initial puffs yield dark chocolate, dried fruit, with zero tang or pepper but a full mouthfeel that lingers on your palate long after the smoke has left your tastebuds.  Raisin sometimes shows but the profile is dominated by sweet sharp spices and a little bit of wood.  The aroma is startlingly unique as the spices are so full and potent when inhaled through the nose.   Into the middle third wood and leather begin to complement the subtle sweetness and a retrohale reveals hints of vanilla. An occasional tingle of pepper begins to show towards the last third but the rich spice and wood remains prominent. Vanilla bean comes and goes.  Into the last third the pungent spice loses a bit more ground to a chewy leather and my stomach tells me the nicotine punch in this cigar is not to be disregarded.  I purged the cigar in the last 2" and was rewarded as the rich spice flavor came on prominently, though infrequently, complemented by mild woodiness.  The smoke stayed consistent all the way to the last 3/4" when I set the cigar down for good.

Summary

At one point I was going to deduct a total of 10 points for construction and consequential burn issues which can threaten to ruin an otherwise enjoyable experience.  However the cigar evened itself out by careful smoking an no touchups were necessary.  The cigar feels and draws as perfectly as you could ask and the profile is unique and delightful, evolving through each third.  Like most cigars, this one is best enjoyed smoked slowly, as the huge volumes of smoke produce enough lasting flavor to properly savor between puffs.  A truly excellent cigar!



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