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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Michael Preston (StogieDad)
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 Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

First impression with an Anejo is always stunning.  Simple presentation with the cedar sleeve and elegant red ribbon.  There is a slight oily sheen to the wrapper, with some fairly prominent veins.  The cap cut razor sharp, and the cigar was packed very tightly.  But the pre-light draw was spot on, and heavy on the chocolate.  Same chocolate aroma from the wrapper, delicious and intoxicating.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Mostly fine here.  There was a slight tunnel to start, but it corrected itself, and towards the final third the burn meandered, but never required touch-up.  The ash was dense, stark white, and held on for well over an inch.  This is a relatively slow burner that puts out tremendous amounts of smoke.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Once again, good marks here.  Other than a couple glue spots, this is a wonderfully made cigar that draws perfect and performs almost perfect.  As stated above, the cap is one of the cleanest cuts you can have.  Can't ask for much else.

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

Rich and earthy, starting out I got a nice blast of cedar and gentle pepper.  Right away I noticed a tanic quality that I always equate with red wine.  While I don't get that flavor, I get that dry feeling in my mouth like a nice glass of dry red.  It is definitely strong, but tamed by some sweetness and is very smooth.  There are some nice black coffee notes towards the middle, and now more of a charred oak note.  The finish remains dry, but has a strong coffee note as well as a touch of leather.  No major flavor shifts, just subtle changes that you really have to be paying attention to in order to appreciate.

I love the smell these leave in the room, just intoxicating.

Summary

I love the Anejo line, and this is one of my favorites.  I think I like the 46 just a bit better, but man this one was close.  These are cigars to be savored, and are truly a Fuente masterpiece, when it seems some of the other Fuente lines have been ticking down a bit.  I haven't had a bad Anejo.  Take your time and smoke it slow, and there are wonderful flavors to be enjoyed.  And when you can find them without a bloated, over MSRP price, make sure to stash a few and revisit, as they can be a wonderful experiment in what age does to premium cigars.



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