Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo No 50 cigar

Ahh yes! FRIDAY! The guys over on Instagram has unofficially designated Friday as Fuente Friday, and I’m happy to participate in the revelry. There’s also a May Cigar of the Day Challenge that’s going on and May 4th has also been designated as Fuente Day so I’m killing two birds with one stone with this review.

As you have probably guessed from the title, today’s review is the legendary Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 50, a cigar with a maduro wrapper that’s aged in Cognac barrels. According to the Arturo Fuente website, the beginnings of this cigar line was brought about by not having the proper wrapper for the OpusX due to the destruction of tobacco fields in 1998 caused by Hurricane Georges. I’m paraphrasing here of course, but if you’d like to know more about the Anejo line, head on down to the Arturo Fuente Anejo page.

Quick Details

  • Cigar size:  5 1/4 x 50
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $12.95 per stick online

Construction

Judging from the looks, this is definitely not my typical Fuente stick. To begin with, a cedar wrapper highlighted by a red ribbon at the bottom covers most of the cigar’s body, which is typical with Fuente’s more exclusive lines. REmoving the cedar wrapper only reveals a more impressive near-black maduro wrapper that’s toothy and oily both visually and to the touch. While it’s not exactly burly or beefy as far as its visuals are concerned, it certainyl carries a rustic appeal due to the  few medium-sized veins and numerous small bumps covering most of the cigar’s length. It’s hefty, and though the cigar is generally solid to the touch, there’s a degree of suppleness to the cigar that leads me to believe that the draw will be near-perfect.

My assumptions for a near-perfect draw was definitely on-spot. The draw gives cold flavors of chocolate and raisin while the foot carries aromas of mocha and nuts. This entire flavor and scent combination delivers quite an excitement to the senses and it’s hard not to rush to light this cigar.

Flavors

Strong renditions of leather essentially dominate the first few minutes of the stick. From there, nuanced elements of the cigar’s flavor profile eventually show up such as dark chocolate and a faint hint of cherry sweetness. There’s also some spice to be had in the cigar’s long finish, but it’s not overpowering at all.

Coffee and nuts also become part of the flavor profile, but the leather and spice components still dominate the palate. Interestingly, these two dominating flavors do leave a bit of room for the other elements to shine through. In addition, flavors of burnt toast also join in particularly around the last minutes of the smoking experience.

Burn

It’s unfortunate that this particular cigar had an erratic burn line from the start. However, it does straighten itself out especially at the start of the second thir dof the stick, only to fall back on its errant ways and eventually needed a re-light around the last third section.

What’s amazing however, is the cigar’s beautiful smoke profile. It was thick and creamy which I assume was brought about in party by the perfect draw and carried delightful notes of wood and toast.

The ash proved to be amazing as well, holding on until well into the second half of the stick.

Overall Insights

Burn issues aside, this is one hell of a cigar. It’s tough not to love its flavors due to the sophistication of their delivery, the overall complexity and how each element interacts with one another. I honestly it’s worth its measly price of ~$12.95 a stick and in a lot of ways, it can easily hold up its own against its more popular sibling, the OpusX. Definitely a top shelf cigar for me.

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