Back in 1983 Arturo Fuente released the first cigar of the Hemingway line called the Signature. In 1988 it would be joined by other sizes and today it remains one of the top sellers for the Dominican Republic based cigar company. The cigar which usually features a Cameroon wrapper sees a release 1-2 times a year featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Today we offer up a review of the Classic Maduro.
Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 47
Size: Classic (Perfecto)
The Look: Packaged in cabinet style boxes of 25 cigars, they are laid out in 3 rows. In true Fuente fashion, some residue from the pectin used to hold the cigar together is visible on the wrapper. The Connecticut Broadleaf is rustic looking with a few noticeable veins. In the hand the cigar is firm with no soft spots and it feels smaller than a 47 ring gauge in the hand. The band is black red and gold with the Fuente crest in the center.
The Notes: The cold draw on the Hemingway Classic Maduro is loaded with notes of dark chocolate, molasses and raisins. It’s definitely heartier then the original line and the aroma off the wrapper has some continued sweet molasses. Due to the small tapered perfecto tip, the cigar starts off with some resistance and notes of leather.
Moving on to the first third, once we get past the tapered foot, the cigar begins to open up with notes of notes of cinnamon and dark chocolate. The retrohale has some hints of leather and pepper, but is also quite smooth.
In the second third the cinnamon notes turn up a bit as dark chocolate and raisin slide into the background before reversing as the second third comes to a close. The finish of the cigar is slightly leathery with some continued pepper through the nose.
As the Arturo Fuente Heming Maduro comes to a close there are notes of charred oak, dark chocolate and a touch of cinnamon while the finish of the cigar has elements of leather and pepper especially on the retrohale.
The Finish: One would think Broadleaf is more readily available then “Cameroon” which is used on the regular release of the cigar. So to limit this cigar to two times a year doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it does drive up the demand. It’s an enjoyable cigar and definitely box worthy.