Fonseca No. 1

Fonseca No. 1

FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Cazadores
Size : 6 3/8 x 44
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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Fonseca is an under appreciated brand in my opinion. You don’t find too many people talking about it and there are plenty who haven’t even heard of it. I have found it to be a sort of hidden gem. Milder than most Cuban cigars it is still full of refined, complex flavors and they are a joy to smoke. The hallmark of the Fonseca is the white tissue paper wrapper that graces every stick in the marca, and the bold portrait of Francisco E. Fonseca that adorns each box.

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Fonseca Delicias

Fonseca Delicias

FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.8 (123 mm) x 40
Smoking time : 35 min
Hand-Made
Price : ~$3 each
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After my surprising experience with a Regional Edition Fonseca, I thought that I really should check what else the brand has to offer. Not much can stop me when I’m about to visit my local cigar shop, so quickly enough I purchased a fiver of Fonseca Delicias, which are 4.8 x 40 petit coronas. Given the price (~3 bucks each) and the fact that they are short-filler, I wasn’t expecting a lot from these. Let’s see how they fared.

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Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaFonseca
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 5 (127 mm) x 48
Release : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : 215 € for a box of 25
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Many thanks to Frédéric from La Casa del Habano Knokke (Belgium) for sending me these cigars for review! Check out the shop for a nice selection of Cubans.

Fonseca is a discreet Cuban brand that only has four sizes in the current production. I haven't had a chance to try many of their offerings, I just remember being unimpressed with their smaller cigar, the KDT Cadetes that I bought a fiver of two years ago. Not enough body, not enough flavor, and I quickly lost interest in the brand. In 2010, the very first Fonseca regional edition was released, a corona extra for Benelux. The Fonseca No. 4, as this release is called, is what we have for review today.

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Fonseca Invictos

Fonseca Invictos
FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Grande (Especial)
Size : 134 x 17.86 mm
Ring : 45
Weight : 8.63 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5/piece
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A cigar that you absolutely have to buy if you come across one, Fonseca Invictos are extremely rare due to the difficulty in making the sharp foot. I got it from a friend who got it from a friend :) The trail's lost...

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Fonseca KDT Cadetes

Fonseca KDT Cadetes
FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Panatela (Cadete)
Size : 115 x 14.29 mm
Ring : 36
Weight : 5.43 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5/piece
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I think Fonseca Cadetes is the smallest cigar from this undoubtedly "original" brand. Can't say it's the best one, yet it deserves a review :) (after all, most cigars do...)

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