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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic Sungrown Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, October 7, 2011
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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic Sungrown Cigar Review

This 7×48 stick features a dark brown firm and toothy wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a perfect rolled foot, double cap and peppery tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with medium-full body flavors of a deep rich aged tobacco – very oily and smooth, slightly musty. The finish is long and oily carrying the same smooth tobacco over. The firs third shows super creamy smooth flavors of a deep, oily earth and coffee, holding the same through the long finish. Smoke output is excellent, on the thick side, with a perfect draw. The ash doesn’t hold on very well surprisingly, dropping in 1″ chunks. 20 minutes in just in to the 2nd third flavors ramp up to full body and get very creamy both in texture and flavor. It’s dominated by a super creamy dark espresso that holds over through the finish which also adds a bit of black pepper taste and zing. The last third adds a nice sweet caramel but it’s a light syrupy sweetness, blending very well and coming on at the end of the draw. Ending at 1 hour the last bit goes to a very very dry parched tobacco, dropping all the sweetness cream and coffee for just a smooth aged tobacco taste.

  • Chris Homan

    Holy babyface, Batman!!! You shaved!!!

    Great review. I’ve had one of these resting in my humidor for a little while. Today seems like a good day to smoke it.

    • haha not exactly…I had to get a new beard trimmer, and let’s just say #2 on the new is NOT #2 on the old.

      • Chris Homan

        I see. It’s a good look for you, though! Haven’t seen anyone that clean-shaven since my roommate Super-Glued himself to his beard and had to take it off.

  • DanG

    Great review! my favorite stick. I know some people say AF is over rated – but I think they are awesome.

    Also glad to see you are NOT cutting the foot off the perfectos anymore :)!

  • Sfletch1

    Hi, Bryan. Thanks for another good review–I’m a big AF fan. It seems to me that Fuente cigars are those which smokers with an average budget can smoke occasionally and know what cigar heaven–or nearly that–is all about. I must say I encountered a plugged Chateau Natural a few days ago which stunned me, as well as serving as a reminder that we don’t live in a perfect world. 

    I’m actually smoking an Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro Maduro at the moment, having enjoyed the first half while watching your review (it’s become a favorite pastime–smoke along with Bryan!). I like to know all the flavors I’m not getting–or at least identifying–that you are (you know, they’ve documented that great wine reviewers have a superior number of taste buds or whatever–I can’t help thinking that you do, too–any thoughts?). I usually do agree, however, with your overall take on the cigars you analyze, Incidentally, this maduro has calmed down to a full-throated one-note dark and earthy richness to me, which I do recommend to others.

    I think you provide the best video reviews available. You are matter of fact and consistently focused–some reviewers ramble on and on, even, I would assert, exhibiting attention deficit syndrome. There is something reassuring about your workmanlike manner, and no one could fail to miss your underlying sense of integrity or the respect you give to the object in question. What come across is that it’s good to take our pleasures seriously (the small things are often what make life worthwhile), but not too seriously. I think–as I believe you do–that a fine cigar is akin to a sacred object (look at all the miracles of nature and the passion of the tobacco growers and blenders that each one represents), but that doesn’t mean we should make a fetish out of them, but instead to simply acknowledge they are gifts to be appreciated and shared. 

    So, thanks again for providing great pleasure along with great service. I’ll be lurking and contributing, and spreading the word. 

    PS. I wrote an essay pairing some specific cigars with some classical music pieces. Let me know if you would like to read it (it’s too long to post as a comment).

  • Fabbio

    just picked 2 of these up but can tell they will need some time to rest in the humi.

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