Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Maduro
Recently I was at Tobacco Plaza of Great Neck to hang out with some friends, smoke some cigars, laugh, and enjoy some good food at the monthly events they run. This time around they had some specials on various cigars throughout their shop. But the one thing that caught my eye was the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Maduro. When I saw them I picked up a handful of them and I smoked one right away and put one more aside for the review today. The rest are in my humidor aging where they will remain for special occasions. The reason I went right for these was because of the effect the Work Of Art Maduro cigars had on me back in the day, and how much they remind me of my Dad. The maduro line is ultra rare and does not appear often so who knows when I might see these again.
My only concern is will they compare to the Work of Art Maduro, or will they fail to capture that magic.
Cigar: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Maduro
Size: 6 x 47 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction: The Hemingway Signature Maduro features a gritty looking Connecticut Broadleaf that is rolled to perfection. Finding a seam, notable vein or any flaw is impossible which helps make these rare cigars even more special. The cap is perfectly placed and the slightly longer perfecto tip is flawless. The cigar feels a little light in the hand but there are no soft spots under the fingers.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the cigar the cold draw offered a slight sweetness, while there was a rich tobacco note from the wrapper/foot. As I lit the nipple of the cigar there was a slightly leather note but some sweetness emerged as we moved past the tip of the cigar. As we worked our way into the first third the notes of leather are gone as some notes of chocolate take hold. As the cigar approached the second third the notes of chocolate are joined by some fruit that borders on apples with some coffee lingering around the finish. The final third of the cigar has notes heavy on coffee with some chocolate lingering around with a strong espresso finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I have a friend Alex who refuses to smoke a perfecto cigar because most of the have a hard draw before lighting up and this cigar is a perfect example of that time and time again. Until you smoke past the nipple the cigar is right, but thankfully that is only for the first few draws and then the cigar opens up beautifully. The solid white ash held on for half the cigar before I opted to ash. The burn started out uneven but it corrected itself within the first inch where it remained perfect all the way though to the end.
Conclusion: While the cigar did not reach the epic levels of the Work of Art Maduro this cigar is still above the traditional Cameroon line. If you happen to see these they are definitely worthy of a box purchase and they will only get better with age.
Disclaimer: As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement and to annoy my good friend Gary Arzt. However, I recently purchased Grammar for Dummies in an attempt to clean up the site some.