Cigar Review: Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum

Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum
Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum

Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum

The first time I came across the Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum was at Cigar Inn in NYC. This cigar flew in under the radar for me so I was eager to try it because I knew absolutely nothing about it. It turned out to be a decent cigar so I grabbed a lot more and I am now at the point to review them.

When I got home that first night after smoking I saw online these sticks were limited to 300 stores but I have yet to been able to confirm that. Further research has revealed that these wrappers were grown 8-10 years ago by John Oliva when Fuente first created the sungrown line. The difference between the original line and this one is that the Rosado Sungrown Magnum wrapper comes from a lower priming and results in a milder smoke.

These cigars were rolled over one year ago and have been aging ever since. They are available in three sizes, 52 (5 x 52), the 54 (6.25 x 54) and the 56 (5.5 x 56).

Cigar: Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum
Size: 5 x 52 (R 52/Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Mild/Medium

Appearance and Construction (18/20): When I first caught these on the shelf out of the corner of my eye the one thing that threw me off was the label as it is different then most. The Fuente crest is present but the surrounding area has a new design and states, “A. Fuente Rosado Gran Reserve”. The cigar itself has a beautiful looking wrapper that is almost vein free. The cap had a Cuban feel to it as it was flat and spotting the seams on this flawless roll was damn near impossible. The one negative here appears to be a glue issue as some cigars that I have smoked have had residue on the stick beneath the band.

Flavor & Notes (26/30): Prior to lighting up I went through my usual ritual. Off the foot I got some subtle spices while the draw revealed cloves. The first third offers some subtle spices of which clove stands out and cedar. The second third continues with subtle spices and cedar remain but I also find some notes of nuts along for the ride. The final third of the cigar began to change for me as the spices kicked up notch and the primary note reminded me of a smokey single malt scotch. But what really got me on the final third was the strong licorice notes on the finish that were outstanding.

Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): A nice slow burning stick that was even from start to finish with thinnest of carbon lines. If only all cigars burned like this one did. The ash was incredibly tight and a light gray color. It held remarkably well, and I didn’t loose it til the mid way point. The draw once the cigar was cut seemed to be a little tight but once lit it was ideal.

Overall (21/25): I have mixed feelings about this cigar. The first two thirds of the cigar did just enough to keep me interested and the cigar is better suited not to be broken down. It is a nice mellow relaxing cigar that is mild to medium. The final third of the cigar it becomes closer to full bodied and the notes become more defined that make you want to smoke it again. I rated this cigar a 90, but the majority of the smoke is an 88, while the finish is more of a 92. It was a nice change of pace from what a regular Fuente has to offer.

Rating: 90
Price: $8.50 (NYC Price)




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  • http://tikibaronline.blogspot.com/ dmj

    I smoked two of these myself and had extremely irritating construction issues on both. The excess glue caused rips in the ultra-thin and fragile wrapper on one and the other came with the wrapper pre-split for my convenience. The R52 actually did have a very good flavor, but the R56 was mostly just “whatever” in flavor. Not at all what I had hoped for.

  • aj

    what dmj said.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com/ barry

    I’ve gone through 3/4 of a box now, and Ive yet to have any construction issues or flaws. Wondering if the place you guys got them from isn’t maintaining there humidor correctly.

  • http://tikibaronline.blogspot.com/ dmj

    Not an issue with the shop, I assure you. I buy about 90 percent of my cigar purchases at the same B&M for the last year and they maintain a very good box (two of them, actually).

    I did mention it to the manager and he said that he thought I bought my two sticks the same day they showed up at the shop, so potentially there could be an issue there…except that Fuente is supposed to pack HumiPaks in every box they ship, so that rules that out.

    So that leaves my humidor as the culprit. While it is admittedly lower in RH that I would prefer, it still hovers around 65 or so and none of my other cigars has similar problems.

    Bottom line is that it could just be a bad box or two (two bad boxes that hit the same store in different sizes?) and I will try another of these at some point, but at this point, I think Fuente dropped the ball on these.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    A humipack only works depending on weather. If its 20 degrees out the cigars will still be cold and brittle from the shipping.

  • http://tikibaronline.blogspot.com/ dmj

    Good point. I put them both in my humidor when I got home that day (evening? who knows now?) and it was at least 4 or 5 days before I smoked the first one and another week before I smoked the second.

  • http://www.stogiereview.com Mike – KnightRid

    Great review Barry. This sounds like a stick I should keep my eyes open for as it fits right into my strength profile! I would love to taste some licorice in the finish, just sounds wonderful.

    Mike

  • DavefromPhilly

    Honestly i dont think this cigar varies enough from the Chateau Sun Grown to be its own brand. Its pretty much the same cigar to me. But i like it none the less.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    Dave,

    The wrapper is different on the chateau line. Also this cigar is milder in my opinion.

  • dj

    Wow. Good insights.

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  • Eddie

    I have a question. I recently ordered a box of the Magnum R 52s. The wrapper didn’t quite look rosado with the hint of red hue. Is this common? the first time I had one, That’s what called my attention along with the new band.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    Eddie-

    I have seen varied wrapper colors and it worries me some, but a lot of times thats just aethestics.

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  • Iess

    Try a sancho panza non plus (much flavor) or a diplomaticos N°4 (more complex) BOTH are better medium cigar than this one whom was only good in the last third for me. I think you overated it, but everyone have their own advice !!! Stay up !!!

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