Brand: Arturo Fuente
Size: 4 1/2″ x 50
Shape: Petit Corona
Origin: Dominican Republic
Price: $4.90 USD
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
The notes of all-spice began to subside, but the star-anise continued to persist. As that profile began to mellow out I noticed notes of amarone wine and dry champagne creep up in the finish. The initial draw remained spicy, but the finish was a mellow, and proved to be an overall tasteful experience. Unlike some other sticks this particular third did not coat my mouth in and oily slickness that I am used to, rather it was somewhat dry (which is not bad) and is what made me taste the notes of the drier wine.
Second Third (2/3) – 10 min
The second third proved to be more refreshing than the first. The dryer mouth sensation subsided and was quenched with that slickness that I always look forward two. The notes of spice were now gone and replaced by a sweet ice-wine taste, which left the back of my tongue with a heavy, chewy feeling. The extremely open draw helped to produce a massive smoke volume which of course contributed to this ‘thick-mouth’ sensation.
Final Third (3/3) – 10 min
What was a pleasant stick only got better. Usually the first third is always the best part of a cigar, but it seemed that this profile powerhouse kept on giving. Flavours of buttery leather and cinnamon came into the fold and the chewy sensation only got thicker. It felt almost as if your were drinking a Guinness beer over a normal lager. It really plays with your tongue and palette’s texture receptors.
Total Smoke Time: 35 min
Coming in at about 35 minutes this smoke turned out to be relatively short. I typically smoke cigars over an hour and it was nice to find a robusto size cigar that can be smoked when time is sparse. The Fuente family seems to have a great go-to stick here that provides the smoker with great flavours and interesting transitions. The smoke volume was as much as one could hope for and the burn was razor sharp throughout the smoking experience. taking into account the good price, excellent construction, draw and burn time; I give this cigar on The Leather Library’s 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello
Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club. You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.