2/27/17

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 888 - Cigar Review

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THE CIGAR
Arturo Fuente 
Anejo Reserva No. 888 Tres Ochos
6 5/8 x 44 Lonsdale Torpedo
w. Maduro Connecticut Broadleaf 
b./f. Dominican
m. Tabacalera Fuente, DR
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
construction
k a p l o W i t z
I love a Lonsdale. Lesser-so a Torpedo, but OK. This 'un has an opened cap, how interesting. I know, not construction proper, but the band is a bit crooked. Hand-feel of a slender branch, same firmness and texture of such, -- even color. Veins begin a bit unevenly-hewn, but tighten nigh immediately post-light. Only a singular vein is veiny 'nuff to bear mention -- running vertically along the shaft, not broad nor crimped. Toothy as the day is long; toothy as a game-show host... toothy as... etc., etc. A sipping not slurping sorta draw, a powerful wispiness. A sinewy thing. -Full resistance there. I cut again. Again. Good. Medium+. Draw tightens again at end of 2/3 -- I roll it in my mitt and it relaxes again. Dark already shaft, darkens more as it oils up on heating. 3/3 sees substantial softening of pack and loosening of draw (see: rolling in mitt). Delivers cool smooth smoke to the nub, ne'ertheless.

combustion
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There is an abundance of tightly packed tobacco for the burn to pace its way through. Does so quite slowly and evenly. Exceptionally even burn-line, and razor-thin. Ash is white with silver flecks where tooth once were. Covers a surprising hot orange burn. Smoke-out-put is fairly calm, though picks up well 'nuff on puff. Room-note left behind is a leathery earth spiced thing. A slight conical tendency to burn in 3/3.

flavors
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Oak and cedar, each sweetly spiced. Leather in a meaty manner. Mixed nuts, toasted. Thems the primaries. Sans an abundance of great division, middlings are browned not burnt salted butter. Pepper whispers in white and black. Buckwheat honey with its malt meanderings. Herbs. Thin yellow/orange to red fruit notes. Papaya... banana pudding in the the mounting cream bits. Vastly earthen under-belly which drives the profile. Earth itself is a simple bittersweet note, but drawing complexities from many other notes. At the top of 2/3, espresso comes in richly. Peppers whisper even softer. Spices rise up from mere vibes in 1/3. Cumin. Paprika. Mid-point is a new chocolate soda clear to the end.

body
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A bit a' refined gruffness. A good bit muscular. Meaty cream, tho shy of chew. Hefty tongue-tingle from a spiced tobacco source, not peppery per se. Excellent moisture level in smoke-hole. Finish is bittersweet ripeness of long-legg'd-ness.

strength
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Good and decent zetz of nicotine. Swimmy eyes and schvitz on the upper-lip. Nothing in chest, but a bit of a warmth in challah-basket.

FINAL GRADE
****A-****
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