Arturo Fuente Magnum R Vitola 54 Review

 Brand: Arturo Fuente


    Line: Magnum R Vitola 54


 Size: 6.5″ x 54


Shape:Toro Extra


Wrapper:Sun Grown Ecuadorian


Origin: Dominican Republic


Price: $13 USD

          If you read my previous review on the Fuente Rothschild Maduro you will know that I attended a local cigar event hosted by the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company. At the event they distributed cigars to the attendees and asked us to smoke them and give them our opinions on the sticks. Aside from the Rothschild maduro, they also gave us the Magnum R Vitola 54. I removed the stick from its cellophane wrapper and noticed the tight-invisible seems and the buttery soft wrapper with the slightly spongy give. I knew right away that the construction was going to provide a great smoke; but this is indicative of all the Fuente cigars.
          We were provided with complementary guillotine cutters, which I used to take the cap off and I lit the stick with my torch lighter. The first notes were slightly overwhelming and I knew that these stogies were fresh from the factory. A slightly bitter green-coffee bean taste hit my palette with a short, but potent finish of cinnamon. The first third, however, mellowed out significantly.

First Third (1/3) – 25 min 

          The bitter profile diminished and was replaced with an aged tobacco taste with complementing notes of soft leather. The draw was very open which, helped to produce a large amount of smoke. This was a full body cigar for sure and the flavours that composed this profile were delectable. The finish was a combination of this buttery leather and the kick of white pepper. The finish remained quite long but it did not as of yet give me the chewy feeling on my tongue; that was the job of the following third!

Second Third (2/3) – 35 min

          The chewy feeling that I referred to in the previous third started to form, and I invited it gladly. I always find this sensation in the smokes that I get from super-premium sticks, and given the brand, quality of construction and flavours, this definitely qualifies as ‘super-premium’. The burn got a bit wonky as the wind picked up slightly, but it was quickly rectified by my lighter. The burn from hence on remained razor sharp! Notes on the back of my tongue began to make me reminisce of sweet, but somewhat bitter port wine. It was an interesting flavour, and one that I have only experienced with Cuban cigars.

Final Third (3/3) – 30 min

          The flavours were great in this third, but that is because they did not change from the previous. The final two portions of the cigar remained relatively consistent with the only variable changing being heat. As the cigar burned past the band point it naturally got hotter. As a result the smoke output increased, as did the creamy texture. This however had little-to-no noticeable effect on flavours. None of this is bad of course, but you have to enjoy consistent sticks, since this profile lasted for about an hour.

Total Smoke Time: 1h 30min

The Verdict

          Any cigar smoker knows the Fuente line. But they also know that when they buy a Fuente they are not just buying a name, but also a great stick with great innate characteristics such as top of the line construction and draw. They are also to expect a great flavour profile and a mellow, yet full bodied smoking experience. The Arturo Fuente Magnum R Vitola 54 is no exception to this well know axiom of cigar smoking. The interesting transition between the first and second thirds proved to be refreshing, and the consistency of the final two thirds allowed the smoker to simply sit back and savour the great blend. Because of the excellent construction; including draw, as well as flavour changes and good burn I give this cigar on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:

8.6

Addendum:

          You will notice that I mentioned a great burn in The Verdict but I also mentioned in the actual review that it got a bit ‘wonky’. I did not fault the cigar for that because it was in fact the wind that caused the faulty burn.


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.

 

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