Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 49
Posted 11 July 2009 - 06:24 PM
The Maduro wrapper is very dark with noticeable oil and minimal veins. It has a solid weight in the hand, firm when squeezed, and not too much resistance in the draw with a nice cocoa taste coming through. The cigar lights easily and smoke is flowing well in no time with a nice spice on the back of the throat and rich cocoa, leather, and dark earth coming through in the good medium-bodied smoke.
The burn is sharp with a light gray ash forming that holds strong until tapped off in the ashtray. Although the draw is a tad bit on the loose side, itís working really well with the strength of the smoke. Flavors remain consistent through the first third with a nice finish upon initial exhale; however Iím finding it short on the palate.
Whew itís hot out here. Iím actually feeling stick from the heat and humidity. Itís taking some time to finally hit the halfway mark on this cigar. The smoke itself seems to now be full-bodied with dark cocoa, earth, and worn leather tastes coming through. Thereís a good spiciness in it as well that hits the back of the throat just right. Iím starting to get that rich taste in the finish that Iíve really come to enjoy in most of the Anejo vitolas, not quite long on the palate, but lasting more than in the first half.
This is one very long smoke! Whew! Towards the end, the smoke is still a good medium to full body with a nice splash of spice on the back of the tongue and throat. Flavors continue to be that of dark, sweet cocoa, earth, and now a more charred wood. The burn is sharp with a light to medium gray ash forming that only falls on its own once, and the finish is very good and lasting on the palate.
I very much enjoyed this smoke, however I will say I didnít find it to have as much richness as I do in the smaller vitolas. The burn was sharp throughout with nice, dark flavors and good, lasting finish. Thank you Charley for a nice smoke on a relaxing Saturday afternoon!
Posted 11 July 2009 - 06:42 PM
IMHO the #48 is the sweet spot in the line. But, the #48 and #49 are my fave vitolas out of the line up.....
Cheers - B.B.S.
Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:54 PM
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