Arturo Fuente Solaris Smoke Inn Microblend – Cigar review

Today I am reviewing the A Fuente Solaris which is an exclusive line made for Smoke Inn by the Fuente Family. Cigar Inn has the following information posted on their site about the Solaris:

For this Microblend installment Smoke Inn played no part in the creation of the size or blend. When Smoke Inn Proprietor Abe Dababneh approached the Fuente Family about making a Microblend, they decided this would be a perfect project for a small batch of cigars made over 6 years ago. Carlos Fuente Sr. had produced a small batch of belicoso cigars made from Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper that was uniquely light in its complexion. The cigars sat and aged for over six years. When smoked, we found the flavor mellow yet complex. One could definitely taste the quintessential Fuente flavor profile behind the elegantly aged smoke. Solaris will delight the palate of Fuente fans and collectors; especially those who like to age their cigars.

Due to the limited number of cigars made, Solaris will come in 10 count boxes and only 550 boxes are being released. The 6×49 belicoso will retail at $89.50 a box. Pre-orders are being taken with a special offer of a free limited edition Solaris tee shirt with every pre-order (a $15 value, while supplies last). All pre-orders will be shipped on the release date, Monday May 28, 2012

The Fuente Solaris is part of the Smoke Inn Microblend series which includes the Tatuaje Anarchy, the Padron 1964 Anniversary SI 15, and the My Father El Hijo all of which have been reviewed here..

Size: 6 x 49 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Unknown
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Construction and Appearance: The Arturo Fuente Solaris comes with two bands on it, the classic Fuente Gran Reserva band you find on many of their selections, and a second band with the word Solaris written on it. The second band is a slightly dull gold color with a double patterns above and below it. The word solaris has a line passing through it, and the O on solaris looks sort of like a sun. The namesake for this cigar is latin and means “of or pertaining to the sun.” The Solaris comes in only a single vitola, the 6 by 49 belicoso, and ends in a neat torpedo cap. The wrapper is a light reddish brown, unusually light compared to other sun growns, and features only very light veins. The wrapper is silky smooth to the touch, with a bit of oil to it as well.  The one smoked for review was evenly packed with no notable defects.

Flavor and Notes: On the wrapper of the Fuente Solaris there a notes of cedar and hay, and the scent as a light sweetness to it. The foot also shares these notes of cedar and hay, but also has an added distinct citrus zest. I go with a medium guillotine cut for the Fuente Solaris due to its slightly smaller gauge, on larger gauge torpedos I prefer to clip only a very small amount. On the cold draw I’m tasting the same notes of citrus zest, cedar, hay as I found on the foot.

Smoking Characteristics: Upon lighting the Arturo Fuente Solaris it has a familiar Fuente profile. In the first third there is a fair amount of complexity with notes of cedar wood being the most pronounced,  yet a bit of oak as well. These woody notes are joined with a blend of  soft spices, hay, a slight bit of coffee, and some citrus zest.  The cedar flavor is what really lingers on the palate during the first third, and is very enjoyable making me salivate lightly. In the first inch or so of the Solaris the draw is what I’d consider to be a bit tight, one of the reasons I made sure to take a slightly generous cut, However, it starts to open up and become full after that. The burn is excellent and there is a tight line forming around the solid ash which is easily holding up to the inch mark. Towards the end of this third a light nutty flavor also joins the profile.

During the second third the woody notes intensify even more so, dominating the flavor profile. That is not to say that this cigar lacks complexity, the rich notes of soft spices, hay, citrus zest, and coffee all lend a pleasant balance to the profile. During this third the wood flavor has lost its oak tones completely, which suits the flavor profile well. The draw has remained consistent and the smoke is very flavorful remaining medium in strength. There are no burn issues, however the ash will not hold over one inch.

In the final third the soft spices have completely diminished from the flavor profile. The woody cedar flavors and light roasted coffee (think blonde roast) dominate the flavor completely. There are still notes of hay, nuts, and citrus zest, but they have become undertones. During this last third there is a bit of a toasted note as well which has joined the profile. The flavor is still very rich, complex, and delicious. The strength actually seems to decrease a little bit during this third, toning down to a mild to medium. The burn and draw remain excellent, but I’m still having issues keeping an ash on anywhere over the one inch mark.

Conclusion: The Arturo Fuente Solaris will certainly be a big hit with any Fuente fan. The flavors are perfectly balanced, complex, rich, and delicious. It seems to finish on the mild to medium side in terms of strength, and really instills only a very mellow buzz while smoking. If you are interested in purchasing these, they are only available from Smoke Inn here, they are currently on pre-order but will ship on May 28th. I’d like to thank Smoke Inn for the sample for review. It was truly a pleasure, and without a doubt is worth purchasing.

Rating: 91

MSRP: $8.95 (10 count box for $89.50)