Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Arturo Fuente - Hemingway Signature Maduro

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Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

Cigar Stars Rating: 9.0

This is a limited release cigar by one of my favorite makers out there. Let's start with the gorgeous maduro wrapper, covered in the classic sandpaper-like bumps it smells sweet and musky. The construction on these cigars is always perfect, as would be expected from the Fuente rollers. Pre-light draw tastes of tea leaves and honey. After the first minute of puffing the draw opens up and the flavors come in. Mellow is the key word in the first half of this cigar. Lots of tea, honey, maybe some cedar. The smoke is very mild mannered and elegant. And if I'm honest, I loved every minute of it. At the halfway point it strengthened up a bit, with cedar and nutty flavors coming in stronger, always holding on to that initial sweetness. The finish is short and a tad warm, holding onto the sweet taste of cedar till the last puff. This is a mild to medium-bodied cigar, but it is complex and sweet and balanced. I could smoke it breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you're lucky enough to find these in your local store do yourself a favor and purchase more than one. Once you try it, you'll be happy you can go back for more.

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