The Arturo Fuente Between The Lines is a rare smoke. Not many stores get them and they usually fly off the shelf. I came across two of these cigars via a trade with a great brother of the leaf on twitter by the name of Matt. The cigar is also an example of cigar websites that need to be updated as the JC Newman website makes no mention of them, and other limited releases.
Vitolas.net has the following information posted about the Between The Lines: “The BTL was originally created at the request of Cynthia Fuente, who wanted a cigar that wasn’t too heavy but still had an enjoyable smoking profile. The maduro spiral is not simply added to the cigar after the Connecticut shade wrapper has been applied. During the rolling process, the two wrappers are cut to the same size, placed one on top of the other so that they overlap, and then the two wrappers are wrapped as one onto the cigar. This means that there are equal quantities of maduro and Connecticut shade wrapper tobacco on these cigars, influencing the taste profile of the cigar.”
Cigar: Arturo Fuente Between The Lines
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 4.5 x 54 (Short Perfecto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade/Maduro (Stripe)
Appearance & Construction (20/20): One of the best looking barber polls in the cigar industry today. The foot of the cigar is evenly split on the roll, with one side being a maduro, and the other side Shade. Everything about the cigar is a vision of beauty.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): As we light the nipple on this perfecto the first third of the smoke offers a dominant note of what one can best describe as toast that has been toasted just a little too long. It’s note quite burnt, but it is well done. That flavor continues past the nipple as the cigar burns into the body of the smoke where it is joined by subtle notes of chocolate. As we approach the second third of the smoke the cigar the notes of toast remain joined by coffee notes and a very subtle chocolate. The final third of the smoke finishes out with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The burn is a bit uneven but that can be attributed to the barber pole. It never gets out of hand even though at times it might appear it is getting close. The ash held for an amazing 3/4 of the cigar only needing to ash in order to remove the label. The draw was very typical of a short story, with just enough resistant to make it pleasurable.
Overall (22/25): This smoke is a stick I will always grab when I have the chance, but it is because of how rare it is, not how great it is. Given the choice to smoke this or the Short Story I will almost always opt to smoke that. But for a rare smoke, this cigar is definitely worth the MSRP.