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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Chuck (Cfickter)
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 None

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

A very nice looking cigar: no veins, a very dark, almost oscuro color, even color tones, no blemishes.  Very tightly pack and a very firm body.  It was slightly bumpy. The cap was perfect.  The red and gold band is a nice contrast against the dark wrapper.  As for the presentation, I like the cedar tube but the tape gives a cheapened look.
Pre-light aromas show earthy tones with some semi-sweet chocolate or cocoa.  Had a hint of hay in the background.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Initial light was a little difficult because one section was slow to start.  It took a minor relight to get it going but it caught up very quickly and the burn line was straight early on.  During the smoke the burn tended to get a little wavy but no touch ups were needed and a simple twist seemed to keep everything in line.
Early smoke volume was very good and increased about an inch in. Smoke has a slight bluish cast.  Ash was exceptional, almost pure white and very solid.  I broke it off at about an inch in to keep the cigar from canoeing, otherwise it would have held much longer.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

T construction was excellent and the cap held up very well for the entire smoke.  I had absolutely no issues with the wrapper.  The first draw was slightly tight but quickly eased up and became very easy and full as the smoked progressed. What I liked is that the cigar didn't need much attention; you could let it rest for long periods of time and it would just stay lit.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

The first third of this smoke really brought out the pre-light aromas.  Strong earthy tones hit you right away but that semisweet chocolate or cocoa was also present in the background.  All the flavors were really accented in a retro-hale.
The second third really just kept the same profile as the first with the heavy earth tones, but the chocolate/cocoa seemed to fade and a dried fruity flavor appeared that really balanced the flavors nicely.  I got a little burning in the middle of the tongue.
The final third really showed the fullness of this cigar.  The overall flavors became really sharp.  The burning on the tongue increased slightly and the rich flavors melded nicely.  A retro-hale really made these flavors pop adding a late hit of pepper.

Summary

The best word I can think of to describe this cigar is rich.  It leaves no doubt that this is a full strength cigar.  Overall a superb cigar and very enjoyable smoke.  Perhaps not one for the novice to grab.  At the $10 - 11 price point I think it is a really great buy.



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