Brand: Arturo Fuente Country: Dominican Republic
Size: No.55 6 x 55 Wrapper: Maduro
Price: $12.00 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
The Arturo Fuente Añejo tests the limits of how much stuff you can put on a cigar. You’ve got a label, a cedar strip wrapped around, and a red ribbon tied on the foot. I was half expecting a secondary band to hidden beneath the cedar. Combined it all works, and make the Añejo one of Arturo Fuentes more attractive offerings.
What We Liked:
The story behind the birth of the Añejo is interesting, and I encourage you to check it out on the official site. The important thing to note is the filler includes Opus X tobacco and the wrapper has been aged in Cognac barrels, which may explain why it looks a little rough around the edges. I can’t fault it too much, as I probably wouldn’t be very pretty either after extensive aging in a barrel.
This isn’t my first Cognac-aged rodeo, as I recently reviewed the Don Pablo Cognac, so I came into the Añejo with some Cognac “street cred”. Turns out that cred is completely useless as these two cigars would have a difficult time being more unlike.
The Añejo can be summed up in one word: smooth. It takes a fair amount of smoking before more distinct flavors than tobacco creep in. Eventually, the Cognac notes appear, with oak and pepper being prominent. Towards the end, I swear there was even a hint of cinnamon, which is something I’ve only really had once before.
If you aren’t a fan of the nicotine punch that the Opus series tends to bring, you’ll be far more happy with the Añejo. I typically get lightheaded just thinking about the Opus, which made writing this review difficult. Luckily, I do all my writing in the bathroom.
What We Didn’t Like:
Perhaps it’s the incredible hype or the Opus X heritage, but I expected a lot more from the Añejo. Does it taste good? Sure. Does it taste great? Not really. It’s almost like the smooth level is turned up far too high, allowing the smoke to simply exit your mouth with no flavor left behind to enjoy.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yeah, sure. I may have gone in to the stick with expectations incorrectly set high or I may have smoked a pair of bum sticks. Just don’t pay insane prices for these guys online. Stick to your guns and wait until you find them at MSRP, which is set at a reasonable level. Cigars are one of the most subjective items out there, so give it a shot yourself and see what you think.