Cigar Aficionado

Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola "Forty-Four"
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
47 47
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium-Full
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 47
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2017
Price $8.15
Designation Top 25 of 2016 | Rank: 6
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 24, 2019 | Score: 93

An attractive robusto with a lush draw and even burn. Its woody smoke is fortified by big, lasting impressions of cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon, all of which recur on the long, sweet finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 04, 2016 | Score: 92

Gleaming with oils, this well-made robusto burns evenly. Layers of cinnamon, maple and roasted nut notes are sweetened by touches of molasses and vanilla.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2016 | Score: 91

Subtly pressed with an oily, reddish-brown wrapper. This medium-bodied cigar offers vanilla bean, dried berries and leathery notes that lead to a mineral-dense finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2013 | Score: 94

Innovation is traditionally the domain of the young, but the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola Forty-Four is a new take on a cigar brand that just turned 100 years old. Carlos Fuente Jr., the lead blender for Fuente, is best known for such power smokes as Fuente Fuente OpusX and Ashton VSG. To make the Rosado Sungrown series of cigars, he looked to his warehouses of well- aged Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, taking leaves placed lower on the plant than the ones he uses for the spicy VSG and creating a more sublime and mellow blend. This is the second year in a row that a Fuente Rosado Sungrown has made our Top 25. We love the cigars, which have a savory leather core and a smattering of sweet spices on the palate. It's the type of cigar you can smoke over and over, and they come in big boxes that contain nearly four dozen cigars. Unlike the other sizes in the line, the name Vitola 44 doesn't refer to the ring gauge of the cigar, but rather the number of cigars in the box. Perhaps the best thing about the smoke? At $6.75, it is one of the least expensive in our Top 25.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2012 | Score: 92

There's a very satisfying sweet spiciness to this cigar that is built around a savory core of leather flavor. It smokes evenly from start to finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 07, 2012 | Score: 92

There's a very satisfying sweet spiciness to this cigar that is built around a savory core of leather flavor. It smokes evenly from start to finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale