This review comes courtesy of Chris (max_power) who is a good friend of mine.
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Rosado
Size: 6 x 47 perfecto
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano Sungrown
Binder / Filler: Dominican / Dominican
MSRP: between $9 and $11
Drink: Coffee, black
Location: Front Yard
I recently found out about these cigars, after becoming enamored with the Fuente Magnum Rosado R44. After a little hunting, I got my hands on a few Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Rosados. The natural cameroons and maduros seem to be fairly readily available; Versions with rosado wrappers and sun grown wrappers appear to be released every other year around the holidays, alternating years.
The rosado version comes in a cedar sleeve with a red cloth band at the foot, very attractive. The wrapper is very smooth, with much smaller veins than the other varieties. It is lighter in color than the normal cameroon, and appears delicate in comparison. Rosado on the left, cameroon, sun grown on the right.
The weather has been beautiful this weekend in New England, so with 1 nights rest since arriving, I figured I’d try one out this morning. The cigar feels solid with no soft spots but feels fairly light, and the pre light draw is much more open than I’m used to with perfectos. It lit perfectly using just 1 match and a few puffs. The perfecto shape on the Hemingways really makes lighting a snap. Immediately there are some strong flavors of sweet spice, especially through the nose. It’s burning rather quickly so I have to make an extra effort to sip this cigar slowly.
Approaching the second 1/3, the flavors have been great though not very complex. Flavors of sweet spices, bread dough, graham cracker and faint caramel each take turns coming to the forefront of the cigar.The ash falls just after this point. At the halfway point, I pick up the distinct taste of Captain Crunch cereal, and then a bit of pepper and bread dough come right to the front. The cigar is really burning quickly, with some puffs taking nearly 1/8 of an inch off the stick. It’s a shame about the speed at which this cigar is disappearing, because it tastes great. You can see from the ash how quickly
it’s going down.
The band slips right off for the last third, which I always like to see. And some roasted nut flavors begin to emerge towards the end. It leaves a graham cracker taste on my palate long after I’ve puffed. As it gets shorter, it begins to burn hotter and some pepper notes show up a little. Sweet, peppery notes round up the end of this smoke until it gets too hot and uncomfortable to smoke.
Overall this was a great cigar, not overly complex but the flavors it
had were wonderful. If it burned slower, it would have been even better, but it lasted me almost an hour smoking as slowly as I could. I’lll definitely have my eyes open for the next time these are released.
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