Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 x 49
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $6 each
The Arturo Fuente family is probably one of, if not the most, famous names in the cigar industry. For those new smokers out there that are wondering where to start your cigar journey, well I’d look at the Fuente family. The Hemingway series was released in 1983 with the 6 x 47 Signature and the entire series is still strong on the market today. In case you weren’t aware the word “Hemingway” refers to a certain shape used to roll a cigar (figurado body with tapper perfecto foot).
This should be a perfect size smoke for folks that have to bear the cold outside winter weather. Let’s see if the performance is worth it too…
The pre-light on the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story showed a medium brown rough wrapper with a sloppy uneven cap. The foot (nipple) on the cigar was cracked (on both samples I smoked) and the cold smell was a sweet fresh cut hay. The band was a typical Arturo Fuente Hemingway however the interesting thing for me was the shape of the cigar. It never fails to amaze me that these are hand-made items and someone in the world was able to shape the cigar in this format (with the help of molds). Finally the cold draw was somewhat tight with an interesting honeysuckle type tastes.
Pre-light score: 6 pts.
Lighting the cigar proved to be somewhat of a difficulty due to the crack that was on the foot of the stick (had to re-light multiple times). After finally getting the cigar going I was greeted with woody, sweet, caramel hints with wood being the most dominant of the flavors. The draw showed a nice resistance with an aroma that reminded me of a burning maple wood fire.
With the cigar’s size not being very big I quickly moved into the second third. In fact the second and final thirds were very similar. The burn on the stick became wavy however it only needed one touch up. The draw remained solid with tastes also remaining the same, a nice natural woody sweetness. Near the finish the cigar did get some unusual charred tastes but nothing too terrible. I would certainly classify the cigar in the mild to medium body range.
Smoking score: 7 pts.
To sum up the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story I would say this cigar is a perfect smoke for those of us that are outside winter smokers (on those days when you are able to step out and get in a smoke). The cigar is not terribly complex however does offer some nice “warming” aspects, and only takes about 35 – 40 minutes to smoke. As far as stocking them in my permanent rotation, that probably won’t happen, but pick a few up and see what you think.
Overall Experience score: 6 pts.
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Rating
Pre-Light: 6 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.