Brand: Arturo Fuente Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 5/8 x 56 Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra
Price: $6.75 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
It’s amazing what a small color change can do for a label. When I reviewed the Arturo Fuente Short Story Maduro, I ragged on the design being similar to all other Arturo Fuente sticks out there. Though it follows the same pattern as the Short Story, the Magnum swaps out the red for white, and it makes a world of difference. Combined with a near flawless Sumatra wrapper, and you have one of the prettiest Arturo Fuente sticks this side of the Opus X.
What We Liked:
Right from the first puff, I’m in love. A sweet leather is dominant, with a little bit of spice picking up the rear. The smoke itself is thick and chewy, which reminds me of the fantastic Kristoff Corojo Limitada.
By the time the halfway point hits, I know this is a cigar I will be smoking again. The spice becomes more prominent, but the sweetness is still there, bringing more of a cinnamon flavor than pepper. A strong wood and nuttiness have shown up as well, complimenting the initial leather flavor nicely.
From start to finish, this is a stick that’s full of strong flavors. I didn’t find it to be overpowering in strength, but I also smoked one while testing various root beers, which may have assisted in counteracting any nicotine kick.
When I picked up a couple of these at a local shop, I was forced by the selection to grab the 56 ring gauge vitola, which is not typically something I prefer. However, I’m glad their selection was limited because I ended up loving the size. The bigger ring feels great in your hand and, when combined with the chewy, meaty flavors, makes you really feel like a man’s man while smoking. So if you ever find yourself on the woman’s man side of things, the MagnumR may be just the remedy you’re looking for.
What We Didn’t Like:
I’ll be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to dislike here. Do I like it better than the Opus X? Hmm…that’s tough, but probably not. The MagnumR Rosado is a fraction of the cost and far more readily available, so it’s a cigar I’ll turn to far more frequently than I do the Opus. In fact, since smoking the second of the pair I picked up, I’ve been craving a third. In my book, that’s one of the nicest things you can say about a cigar.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yeah, you would be crazy not to. At under $7, you get a variety of delicious flavors, excellent construction, and a chance to bond with your inner manliness. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few of these to try the next time you visit your local B&M. And don’t worry if they only have the 56 ring; you’ll love it.