September 22, 2010
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4″7/8 x 46/60
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $7 each
Even new cigar enthusiasts seem to know all about the legendary and elusive Hemingway Maduros and the Work of Art tends to be one of the most coveted of that group. Given that fact, I am not going to bore everyone with a lot of fluff on this review. If you don’t know about them, a quick Google search will tell you all you need to know. It seems like a lot of cigar smokers, especially the newer ones who haven’t had a chance to try these, go to great lengths to run the Hemingway Maduros down. If you haven’t had the pleasure of a Hemingway Maduro, the thing you need to be aware of is that they only come out twice a year. Just before Fathers’ Day and again just before the Christmas Holidays. Those are the times to be on the lookout for them.
While I enjoy most of the Hemingway Maduros, I find the WOAM is the one Hemingway Maduro vitola that is truly special. It seems to me that there is something about this specific size that the blend and the Maduro wrapper are perfectly suited and the result is amazing. The WOAM is the one Hemingway Maduro that I will still go to some lengths to find. I’d hate to ever find my humidor without a few of these resting inside.
So, you already know I like these cigars so my final opinion isn’t going to be a surprise, but let me tell you all about my experience smoking this particular WOAM…
The dark maduro wrapper is very rough and rustic looking. It’s bumpy and veiny and has a dry look to it. The aroma of the cigar is a rich tobacco with a hint of cocoa. This unique perfecto is a great shape with a fat bulbous foot that ends in a small nipple at the tip, and a steady taper down to a perfect 46 ring gauge at the head. The draw is always a little tight at first but it opens up quickly once you get the burn up onto the bulb of the foot. Construction has always been consistently perfect on these. I’ve smoked many and never had any issues with burn, draw, or any other part of the construction of these stogies.
The WOAM starts off smooth and easy with coffee and nut flavors. As I made my way up to the thickest part of the cigar I also found earthy notes and lots of dark chocolate. As I progressed down the taper earth and wood become the dominate players but there are still nice notes of cocoa here and there and a bit of maduro sweetness on the finish. The last third or so is a lot of wood and earth with some pepper and spice as well as it becomes a bit fuller and more robust. An excellent finish to a stellar and complex smoke. The Hemingway Work of Art Maduro is a real treat. Christmas is right around the corner so these should be showing up in cigar shops again soon. Perhaps in a month or two so keep you eyes out.
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