Just a few years ago, I believe in the later half of 2010, Arturo Fuente came out with a new line called Rosado Sungrown Magnum R that uses a Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper aged for approximately 8 years. Speaking with the local Arturo Fuente cigar rep, these are also aged for an additional year after rolling to allow the flavors “marry” a bit. Fast forwarding a bit, they decided to a have a limited release of a new size called the R44 with the 44 not standing for the ring gauge but rather the number of cigars in the box. Not many shops received this size so there wasn’t much information available about the smoking experience. For my own personal experience, I’ve always enjoyed the Magnum R line but thought the introduction of a small size would be tremendously beneficial as it would allow the flavors of the wrapper to play a more prominent role.
R44 4 7/8 x 47 $6.75
R52 5 x 52 $6.80
R54 6 1/2 x 54 $7.50
R56 5 5/8 x 56 $7.25
R58 5 1/2 x 58 $7.50
(Prices are approximate)
Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown
Size: 4 7/8 x 47
Days In Humidor: 110
Smoke Time: 1hr 20min
The Magnum R44 has a wonderful semi dark wrapper with some reddish coloring. To me, it is without a beautiful cigar with the “box press” looking perfect for the vitola. The veins can be seen but are very minimal and I certainly can’t feel them much. When I initially smoked the R44 back in December, it had a slightly softer feel to it, but the four months since has allowed the cigar to “firm” up a bit. As with the band on the other sizes from the line, the label does look majestic and does not have the same look as the regular production Arturo Fuente products. It has medium weight for the size without any soft spots. Most of us know that appearance helps sell a cigar and the Magnum R44 has a very appealing presence.
I made a razor sharp cut across the head without damaging any remaining part of the cap. The prelight draw was very smooth and so far I am pleased with the experience. The burn was very very good and something that needs to be emphasized on this cigar because of the box press. My experiences with box press cigars is that they start out wavy and most of the time, the cigar corrects itself but this one was perfect right out of the gate. The draw was nothing short of great, never feeling tight or loose, but very consistent. The Magnum R44 puts out an average amount of smoke but definitely more than what I expected from the size. You can certainly see the aged tobacco in the ash as it was almost white and held for an inch or so before I would tap it into the ashtray.
The cigar has some prelight notes of honey and chocolate which is slightly different from the usual cedar aroma that I’ll tend to get from other cigars. In the initial draw, I picked up leather, roasted nuts with cedar. However, there is also an immediate sweetness on the draw that I couldn’t identify immediately. As I got into the first third, I’m tasting cinnamon, molasses, leather with a creamy but rich flavor mixing in the profile. It almost reminds me of the icing on a cake but before it gets too sweet, the cedar and nuts counter act it. There is a bit of spice on various draws that lingers for a while but not overpowering.
In the second third, the profile starts to smooth out. I’m still getting leather, roasted nuts and the sweetness but it certainly feels a bit more balanced. The first third felt on the light end of medium bodied but the cigar is slowly ramping up the strength. However, it is still sitting at a medium and doesn’t exceed that strength at any point in the review. In the last section, there are hints of cinnamon and cedar but with some woody notes in the last inch. The sweetness has mellowed out quite a bit as the other notes are playing a stronger role. The amount of pepper on any finish was noticeable but minimal. I did find this pleasing as it added some complexity to the overall flavor profile.
- I feel that the Rosado Sungrown Magnum R line doesn’t get as much attention as the Don Carlos, Opus or Anejo cigars but should especially when you factor in the price point.
- The construction and burn were absolutely perfect on the six cigars that I smoked for this review and while the complexity was medium, there were specific notes that are unique to this cigar which makes the R44 all the more enjoyable.
- The Ecuadorian Rosado Sungrown wrapper shines as much as it can in the small size. I understand that most people enjoy a larger ring gauge, but this is a must try cigar. While the entire is very good, this vitola would be perfect for an afternoon smoke.
- The strength is there for those that enjoy full bodied cigars but shouldn’t overwhelm new smokers who might prefer a lighter bodied cigar. I think this cigar will do well with another year or two on them and may even pick up another point on the rating scale.
- The exact production count to me is unknown for this size and might be just a limited production vitola, so purchase them when you can. Even though a box purchase might be too much since they come in boxes of 44, anytime I walk in Twins Smoke Shop, I’m usually picking a fiver of these up.
- If you’re interested in these, feel free to call Twins Smoke Shop @ 603-421-0242 and let them know Traveling Stogie sent you!