Cigar: Arturo Fuente Anejo
Origin: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 5 1/4″ x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut broad leaf maduro
When I went to my local cigar store in search of goodies, I was happy to see he had many rarities to choose from. I tend to horde these rare smokes, so now in the interest of reviewing them I tend to buy an extra smoke just for this purpose. So after letting the cigar sit in my humidor for about a month I went back to the beach for my cigar ritual.
It was a warm day at the beach and it amazes me how much different Europeans are then Americans. As I lean against my car and watch these European women with little or no shame pass my by wearing what amounts to be dental floss serving as a bikini and I had to wonder if I was in heaven. Or perhaps since I was limited to looking, I was in hell. You might ask how do I know they were European, well the fact they were speaking in their native tongue gave them away. Those speaking English tended to be more covered up wearing a sarong or a sun dress as they passed me by.
Pre-Light: Studying this cigar amazed me at how well some cigars can be constructed. There was not a flaw from head to foot. So with my v-cutter in hand I snipped this cigar and was a little worried as the draw seemed to be a little tight. I massaged the cigar gently between my fingers and it loosened up some. The wrapper had the scent of raspberries and cedar, while the draw was full of pepper and the hint of molasses.
Smoke: The cigar gave me a little bit of a hard time lighting with wooden matches. I had a problem getting a full light. But it corrected itself before the first fraction of an ash formed. The first 1/3rd of the cigar was rich with molasses, and hints of pepper. It was more sweet, than spicy which had me confused. In my mind I expected this cigar to be full bodied. The second 1/3rd of the cigar was much more spicy and of course the final 1/3rd even more so. The cigar was medium bodied at best and it was not the full bodied cigar I had smoked years ago that left me weak in the knees.
I was definitely less then impressed with this cigar. It was a little flat and lacked the depth I had expected. Perhaps the Anejo Shark will satisfy me better in a couple of weeks.
Rating: 90 (Out of 100)