Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva #48 Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, May 14, 2014
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Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva #48 Cigar Review

This 7×48 stick features a cedar sleeve covering a dark chocolate firmly packed wrapper with a slightly toothy oily satin feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and sweet cedar aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with medium bodied thick smoke showing flavors of a sweet creamy cedar and milk chocolate with a smooth short finish. The first third burns perfectly putting off thick rich smoke holding the same medium bodied sweet cedar core while the chocolate notes get deeper toward an earthiness. The finish is growing longer, still very rich. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 45 minutes, the cedar drops off, body is up to medium-full while the strength is coming in now at mild-medium and the finish builds a zesty pepper. Ending at 1:20 minutes the last third ramped the strength up near full while the body came down to a medium, holding the same flavors.

  • Raz Amzaleg

    I love Arturo Fuente’s, every cigar that i’ve been trying from this company was a great smoke with a full flavors, i love the strength too..

    Great review, thank you very much for your work , time and information!

  • Mr Bill

    I do love the Anejos.. Thanks for the review as always, great job

  • Senor Perfecto

    Brian, thanks for the info on cedar sleeves easily leading to mold. I find this to be true.

    Is there a surefire mold test? Seems that the old rules of thumb (mold doesn’t wipe off clean, mold is a different color than plume, etc.) are not true. There do seem to be times when mold is really obvious (i.e. if it’s on the foot, if it’s hairy) but a lot of times it looks like how plume is supposed to look. It just seems like 999 out of 1000 times “plume” turns out to be mold.

    • Mold can look like all kinds of things. Except what plume does. Plume is like. Fine sugar dust. All over.

      • Frank Grzanka

        Hey Brian, I have bought some cigars that felt sort of sand paperish but had a crystally substance all over it, it did feel sort of sticky and oily. Bloom you think?

  • RoyL

    Arturo Fuente was my first cigar. So, this brand is always the home plate for me, when I want to try a new cigar. All, I can say now, after the review, offer me one, if we come to Fl. Keep’em coming.

    • Bigdave

      Arturo Fuente was also the first premium cigar I ever smoked when I started back in 1998-1999. I believe it was an 858 natural.

  • Bigdave

    These are good smoke. Put aside a good 1 hour at the very least to enjoy it. I slowly have accumulated quite a few of these from Cigarbid. I keep bidding on singles every time I see them. Its become an addiction.:(

  • Andrew

    Great review, Bryan, as per usual…and thanks for the heads up on mold risk with cedar sleeves. Honestly, though Fuente is such a popular and beloved brand, I am often overwhelmed with the number of lines they produce when at my local tobacconist that I generally steer clear of them. I do have an OpusX in the humidor (because I just had to try at least one), and have been looking into the Anejo line. I’ve only found bigger ring gauges in the Anejos, so I’m holding out until I find a 46 or 48. Thanks again, brother!

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