Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Brand: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Series
Factory: Tabacalera Arturo Fuente y Cia
Price Range: $5-$7
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Since we’ve got the contest rolling this month, I’m trying to knock out two reviews each day this weekend. Having never wanted/attempted to perform two reviews in a day, I made sure to interject a nap between reviews. Just makes sense.
I have fading light in northern Louisiana, so I chose one of recent favorites: a Fuente Short Story. Despite all the glue covering this gorgeous wrapper, I’m a sucker for Fuente Cameroon. Every damn time. The warm Christmas notes hit me like a first kiss – can’t get it out of my head.
Arturo Fuente Short Story – First Third
Cinnamon, Graham Cracker, Tobacco, Butter Cream Icing, Mineral, Smoked Paprika
The very first couple puffs yield distinct Fuente Cameroon flavors. Cinnamon, graham cracker, tobacco, and what @cjokrap and I identified as butter cream icing on another review. There’s also a mineral taste on the finish.
This cigar reaches into the spice cabinet and delves deeper than cinnamon as soon as the burn passes over the hump. Smoked paprika is the first that I’m able to distinguish, and a little spiciness coats the tongue but without the peppercorn flavors.
Short Story is a very smooth cigar for it’s size. There’s minimal harshness or unnecessary strength, just loads of flavor packed into a tiny package.
Arturo Fuente Short Story – Second Third
Wood, Faint Cinnamon, Floral, Faint Caramel
I swore that I wouldn’t segment this cigar into thirds, but I’ll be damned if there isn’t a new development in the second third. Wood. Cinnamon isn’t anywhere near as flavor forward as it was in the beginning, and woodsy notes are beginning to dominate with that same mineral finish.
Even more surprising, toward the halfway mark I’m picking up distinct floral notes. Faint caramel also joins the party. And, even though there’s Fuente glue all over this wrapper, the band slides off easily.
The floral notes become the leading flavor as I remove the band and judge it to be around the halfway mark. Can you believe that I’ve never thought of this cigar as floral before? But it’s here, and unmistakable. Very good.
Arturo Fuente Short Story – Last Third
Wood, Floral, Peppercorn, Tobacco, Orange Zest
As we transition into the last third of this little flavor bomb, wood begins to take the leading role. And then, more floral notes with a peppercorn finish. Very interesting.
Finally, a toasty tobacco flavor with a bitter orange zest rounds out the last third of this cigar.
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