|Don Artuo Gran AniverXario - Natural|
The Don Arturo Gran AniverXario is a limited and wonderful cigar that the family released in 2008, and to this day is still sought out and adored. The cigars were initially rolled in 2001, and meant to be released in 2002, but this never happened. Why they were not released I do not know, but as I said earlier the cigars were meant to honor the companies 100th birthday, and were to be released every year till its 100th birthday. So while the cigars were rolled in 2001, they were not released, but merely sat in their aging rooms aging and waiting to be smoked. When the cigars were released in 2008 they were released in only 96 humidors, to honor 96 years a company. There were four different types of humidors, different wood finishes, and each humidor contained 96 cigars. 48 of the cigar were finished with a Shade-grown Habano seed, and the other 48 were finished with a Sun-grown Habano seed. The cigars were rolled by their finest rollers, and finished with beautiful triple cap. For this review I sampled the Shade-grown version.
Rolled with a Shade-grown Habano-seed wrapper from Chateau de la Fuente, the cigar is meant to be special. It is a Dominican puro, and I imagine, like the wrapper, that the fillers and binder leaves are well aged and limited in quantity. The cigar measures 6 3/8" with a 48 ring gauge, the is simply a beautiful cigar in every way. I would say it closest to a Churchill in terms of a vitola, and if it was a Cuban it would be appropriate to give this cigar the title "Short Churchill." The cigar has a beautiful wrapper that is somewhat oily, and silky to touch. There is a nice coloring of light brown and hints of red in the wrapper, and I would say it falls between a Natural and Colorado in terms of coloring. These cigars have been aging since 2008, well actually since 2001, so there was some nice plume on them, and they were firm to touch. The cigar had lovely aromas of leather, hay and barnyard to it, and though the aroma was faint, you could still pick up those subtle nuances which I imagine were very pronounced when the cigar was initially released.
|Don Arturo Gran AniverXario|
When I get into the second third the cigar is still phenomenal, and everything about screams aged tobacco. The cigar has been burning so well in terms of construction throughout this cigar I almost lost track of taking notes and just purely enjoying the cigar. I am getting a great amount of smoke rings with the smoke, and I am very impressed with the ash on the cigar. I am still holding on to the ash from the first third, and it has been keeping that perfect burn line and great coloring. The flavors in the second third change from the first third, and I am beginning to see an emergence of leather notes. I am still picking up some hay from the first third, and there are some barnyard, coffee bean and wood flavors right now. For a time there is an increase in spice in this third, but it slowly dissipates, and becomes a subtle addition in the background. In terms of strength this third is around medium, and as I said earlier I imagine these cigars were significantly stronger before the many years of aging.
I am in the final third now, and this cigar is coming to a close. It has performed so well from the very beginning that it is a shame to see it end. The flavors in the final third are really a culmination from the first two thirds, and I am enjoying every minute of this smoke. The flavors of coffee beans, leather, barnyard and wood play off one another wonderfully, and the lemongrass, hay and stone fruit flavors provide a very complex finish. The spice notes in this third are very similar to that of the first third, and I am getting tons of cinnamon, nutmeg, some cayenne and more. The cigar is burning absolutely perfect all the way to the end, and even at the nub there is a beautiful burn line that is razor sharp. It is a cool smoke even on the last draw, and ends smoking at a solid medium in terms of strength.
This was a fabulous cigar, and really a treat to have. The whole cigar provided an incredible experience, and this is what cigars are meant to be like. It is very interesting to see what aging a cigar can do, and the fact that this cigar has been aging 11 years is nothing more than amazing. The years have softened this cigar out, and though the flavors were probably dissipated along with the strength, it provided a complex and light experience for a cigar that any smoker would enjoy. Easily one of the finest Arturo Fuente Cigars I have had this cigar is a magnificent Dominican puro, and more importantly a terrific cigar. I give this 93 points, and if you have the opportunity to smoke this cigar you should not pass on the offer. Happy 100th Birthday Arturo Fuente Cigars.