Cigar Aficionado

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
48 48
Tasting Note
The 1980s were lean years for the cigar industry in the United States, and for lovers of figurados, or shaped cigars, the situation was even more bleak. The perfecto, a classic shape with tapers on both ends of the cigar, had gone away. It was the 1983 revival of the Arturo Fuente Hemingway series of cigars that brought them back. Carlos Fuente Sr. found old cigar molds in an Ybor City, Florida, warehouse, brought them to Fuente's factory in the Dominican Republic and taught his master roller how to make the intricately shaped smoke. Even those completely ignorant about the difficulty of making a cigar by hand will recognize that the Hemingway Classic has a supermodel's curves. The sublime balance of ultra-thin and toothy Cameroon wrapper pairs exquisitely with Fuente's filler and binder blend, resulting in a complex smoke smacking of orange peel, cedar and coffee. If you've never smoked an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic, you're missing out on one of the cigar world's premier smoking experiences.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 48
Length 7"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Cameroon
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2010
Price $8.10
Designation Top 25 of 2009 | Rank: 7
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2018 | Score: 92

A long, double-tapered perfecto with a superb draw. Its toasty, woody qualities meld harmoniously with notes of tea, cashew and caramel. An elegant cigar.

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

A long, double-tapered perfecto with a superb draw. Its toasty, woody qualities meld harmoniously with notes of tea, cashew and caramel. An elegant cigar.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 12, 2005 | Score: 89

An attractive and well-made perfecto. Somewhat flat at the start, it warms up nicely to show mellow wood and graham cracker flavors with a mellow, smooth finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2004 | Score: 91

This gorgeous, impeccably crafted perfecto is a slow starter. Spicy and woody notes turn to sweet leather and cedar. Balanced and elegant, medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jul 01, 2003 | Score: 90

This perfecto produces a spicy aroma. It is flavorful and strong. Caramel and coffee notes combine with wood and leather flavors. A long finish features spicy notes and pepper.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2001 | Score: 90

This is a beautifully made perfecto, with a toothy wrapper. It has a superb draw. Once the cigar warms up it has woody, earthy flavors with a hint of nutmeg and chocolate. A balanced, elegant smoke.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 01, 2000 | Score: 88

A solid, well-made perfecto with a toothy wrapper. It has toasty, nut-like flavors with a touch of herbs.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 2000 | Score: 90

This well-made, dark perfecto has a toothy wrapper. It has a smooth draw, but a spotty burn, with notes of cherry, cocoa and cedar. A smooth, exceptionally toasty cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 1999 | Score: 89

A well-made cigar with excellent balance. It has a solid core of spice and sweetness around an earthy set of flavors. There is some toastiness too on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 1998 | Score: 90

A well-made perfecto. It's smooth, earthy and toasty. Easygoing.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1998 | Score: 84

A touch of rustic quality. It has a touch of a vegetal note on the palate. It is light and smooth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1995 | Score: 86

This cigar has a medium body with a dry spice character. It has a slightly dry finish with a solid core of tobacco flavors.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1993 | Score: 88

Elegant rich flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon with a wonderful silky texture.

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