Cigar Aficionado

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art
Work of Art
92
points
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
60 60
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Nutty and cedary to the core, this toasty figurado beautifully integrates a red licorice sweetness with each puff. The draw and burn are even and exemplary.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 60
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Cameroon
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jun 01, 2018
Price $9.65
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2019 | Score: 94

Cameroon tobacco may not be the trendiest wrapper in the cigar world. And little perfectos aren't the trendiest sizes in the market either. But none of this seems to bother Carlos Fuente Jr., owner of Arturo Fuente Cigars. Year after year, he unapologetically creates perfecto after perfecto in his Hemingway series and unabashedly wraps them in Cameroon—sweet, spicy, tasty Cameroon. While the perfectos in the Hemingway series range in size, we had particular affection for the Work of Art, a charming little smoke with considerable curves and tapers. It's one of the smaller models in the line (though not the smallest) but it's very big on flavor. Perfectos like this one are difficult to make, and in the 1980s they were few and far between. After coming across some old perfecto-shaped cigar molds, Fuente was intrigued and decided to start producing these shapely cigars. The first Hemingways came to market in 1983. The Work of Art was a later addition to the line, and like all perfectos its combustion can be a bit slow in the beginning, as it takes a little while to fully light the skinny foot. But once the burn gets going past the bulbous taper, it really loads the palate with nutty, toasty smoke before blossoming with baking spices, citrus notes and the sweet-and-spicy properties that Cameroon wrapper is known for.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Feb 06, 2018 | Score: 92

Nutty and cedary to the core, this toasty figurado beautifully integrates a red licorice sweetness with each puff. The draw and burn are even and exemplary.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 08, 2009 | Score: 88

A bit uneven in shape, this bulbous figurado draws and burns evenly, showing a cedary flavor profile, sweetened by almond, cherry notes that recur on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2007 | Score: 91

A gorgeous perfecto with a perfect tip and alluring wrapper. There are hints of orange peel throughout the nutty, spicy smoke. Leather notes also come through before the oaky, floral finish. A complex, medium- to full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2002 | Score: 90

A gorgeous figurado with an oily, toothy wrapper. It has a coconut and cedar flavor, with hints of olive brine and pencil lead. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 01, 1998 | Score: 89

This beautiful figurado has a perfect draw and burn. It bombs the palate with complex flavors of milk chocolate and spice. Medium bodied, with a slightly tangy 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