ARTURO FUENTE ROSADO SUNGROWN MAGNUM R VITOLA "FORTY-FOUR"
The name is certainly long, but it tells you almost everything you need to know about this Fuente cigar. Rosado Sungrown indicates the color and growing conditions of the wrapper leaf. And Magnum refers to the sizes of the cigars in the line. When the brand was first released, all the cigars were fairly thick. But more importantly, this cigar also ran contrary to the industry trend. At the time, many manufacturers in the premium sector were releasing strong, full-bodied cigars. Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. decided to go in the opposite direction and made a cigar that was medium bodied in strength, but still registered as full-flavored on the palate—not an easy task.He accomplished this by creating a particular blend of Dominican tobaccos and pairing it with a wrapper leaf from Ecuador that, according to Fuente, has almost a decade of age. You might assume the cigar is called Vitola "Forty-Four" for its ring gauge, but the "Forty-Four" denotes the number of cigars packaged per box. This cigar is still fairly slim at 47 ring, but it's a great size, and each puff compels the next with unrelenting layers of spicy cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts and maple.
Ring Gauge: 47
Length: 4 7/8"
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Issue Cigar Aficionado – January 1, 2017
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