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Today was a very nice day, so I took a few minutes to enjoy a mid-50’s MN Saturday afternoon after a very long winter. Last week we had over 15 inches of snow. Now it is melting fast. I couldn’t justify investing one plus hours for a long smoking cigar. I decided to try an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. Despite its diminutive stature, I’m told it is a very popular Fuente cigar. On that point, I agree. It was a very satisfying smoke.
I used a straight cut of the cap using my Swiss Army Knife, Cigar 79 model. This model is my everyday carry knife and has a cigar cutting tool. It was perfect to cut this perfecto, 49/42 RG shaped cigar.
The cold draw was perfect with no restriction. It had a very pleasant sweetness to it with a hint of leather.
The light was easy and the burn was very even. The first few draws after lighting the pleasant sweetness and leather remained. A couple of minutes into the cigar, and light pepper notes began to be noticeable. The leather notes was replaced by oak notes while the sweetness remained.
In a cigar size like this, it’s difficult to do a review of thirds of a e closer you get to the end the cigar. I’m doing this in halves. The second half, the peppery notes began to increase and began to mask the sweet notes. The pepper seems to increase the shorter the cigar becomes. As a result of the shape the temp of the cigar naturally increases, by a chimney effect, as the cigar shortens and narrows. Using my eyeglasses screwdriver in my Cigar 79 SAK, I used that as my nubber (now if it only had a PerfectDraw tool attached). The heat produced didn’t hurt my enjoyment, perhaps it was an expectation my mind fulfilled given the cigar’s shape...who knows?
The cigar is medium in nicotine strength. I found it very enjoyable but not a highly complex flavor profile. It took about 40 to 45 minutes to smoke.
It’s definitely a top end cigar and worthy to be on your list to try.
Solid 4 to 4.5 star cigar. I have been on the lookout for a regular go to shorty and this cigar certainly fits the bill. Very dark wrapper with small blemishes as this is the Liga scrapings but it is hard to argue that this is anything short of magnificent. The prelight draw and taste is great with savory, earthy tones to it. The cut is fantastic and you can tell this is a quality roll. The smoke is short at 25 to 35 minutes, which is great when you want a quick, but very flavorful smoke. The burn is almost perfect, draw provides plenty of creamy smoke with a bit of spice and rich cocoa, pepper (red and white?), and an almost tannic or leathery over-tone. You can find these on special for $2 once in a great while, but you snag this beauty for $4 normally online and and anything south of $6 at your friendly B&M, but at any price it is worth the freight. Dynamite.
V Cut Drink selection - Bib and Tucker Bourbon 6 yr Medium+ body, Medium+ flavor, Medium/Heavy smoke production Wrapper - Barnyard, tobacco, cocoa Cold Draw - Bitter, tobacco First after light - Bitter, harsh, toast First third - Light, creamy oak, light leather, toast, pepper retrohale Second third - Medium, creamy oak, floral sweet, leather, cocoa, espresso and pepper retrohale Last third - Medium+, leather, oak, floral sweetness, pepper, floral/bread on the retrohale
Rested for 75 days @ 65%. This was part of a sampler that Colin (shakinghorizons) put together for me. Thank you again Colin.
This is one of my favorite vitolas. It was a great looking cigar, the type of cigar that if I had to pick one off the shelf based on looks alone I would probably pick this one. The Colorado wrapper is my kryptonite.
Toasted up fine, started with some spice for the first 1/2" or so. The spice backed off a little bit and let more of a burnt chocolate type of taste come on. At the beginning of the 2/3 it started to develop a creamy texture, tough to describe but it was noticeably different. This creaminess deepened as I smoked through the cigar and built to a crescendo at the end.
I did have a couple of hiccups with the burn, had to do 2 touchups to correct the burn line and keep the cigar from going out during the 2/3.
If you've ever smoked a Warped Lirio Rojo, this cigar reminded me A LOT of it. That same type of spice early on and deepening cream as the cigar progresses.
Overall very nice. I have a few other cigars to sample before I decide which one to buy a box of
I like it. But, I have a strong preference for mild smokes. Well constructed. Good draw with even burn. Holds ash well. Toast, cream, a little spice. Will not overpower the Bourbon it is paired with. Do not find the slightly sweet cap a distraction.
When you only have 10 minutes and are jonesing for a cigar, not matter what size or time it takes this is then the stick for you. Has all the maduro flavors you get from it's big brothers, even more strength.
Despite being what I believe is a machine roll, these are exactly what I bought them for. A nice little quickie for mornings before I get ready or a quick dog walk. A tad soft and of course the band is not as nice as the regular line. But the burn is straight on, producing tons of thick smoke, and is extremely tasty. It is the LP profile, obviously not as complex, but it was a T52 to me, not just a band slapped on it.
I will probably keep a tin of a few of the Drew Estate coronet lines. They really do fill a hole when you only have a few minutes but the cheapie cigarillos aren't your thing.
A bit of a rough wrapper, several bumps and wrinkles, the cap is OK but also a bit rough and it has a very obvious seem line. There's a slight sheen to the wrapper and it has a earthy tobacco aroma prelight. The cannon is solid and it appears to be well constructed. It cuts well and has a good draw with a nice tobacco flavor. Takes a flame well and has a leathery room aromatic to it as the foot set's. Decent spice in the retro, some chard wood and a creme Brule and almond mix start things off. Good smoke production and a fairly straight burn line so far. Getting wood and cream going into the second third as well as some leather and walnut. A solid medium at this point with good burn still. Not to shabby so far. The last third is more of the same with a touch of leather added in for good measure. Not a bad cigar by any means. Just about what I expect from a RP smoke, well made and decent flavor. Nothing to get to excited about but a solid yard gar for sure.
This cigar was a beautiful looking box press with great construction. Cut nicely and prelight aroma was strong bitter earth. Upon lighting, there was some toast going along with the earthy flavors and a lingering pepper. As it progressed, there was nothing of note that jumped out throughout. Almost a "too balanced" cigar?? It was tasty, but no flavors stood out. Earthiness and a very slight nuttiness lasted throughout, but they were hidden by these other flavors I couldn't pick out. Burn was razor sharp throughout and smoke output was plentiful. I enjoyed the cigar, but no more than most cheaper sticks.
Firm, dusty brown wrapper, nice heft and feel, a tad lumpy. Good draw, on the tight side but completely acceptable. Initial puffs are strong and pleasant right off the bat. The Macanudo Inspirado Orange will impress fans of medium/full. Profile is oak, dried fruit, the Dominican and Honduran tobaccos dominate the profile. I'm reminded of an Ometepe leaf while retrohaling, which is strong and flavorful. After the first inch or so the profile settles into a more medium profile but with tons of flavor. The cigar burns evenly, neither too fast or too slow. The real joy of this cigar is the retrohale, which is just shy of punchy and quite flavorful. Mouth feel is good but mostly wood and a few spice notes. All in all, a significantly better than average smoke and a worthy addition to anybody's humidor.