2018 was the year in which the Fuente Family would be celebrating their 100th year as a cigar producing company, but in August of 2017 the company, or should I say family, suffered a devastating loss of two barns in the Dominican Republic. The barns supposedly held some of their oldest and prized tobacco and it was definitely a traumatic experience for the company and family. While it was a disaster the fortunate side of things was that no one was hurt during the fires. With aged tobacco cut down Carlito was still able to present the cigar smoking world with a minor treat. That treat was the Unnamed Reserve 2018 Release. Not much is known about this cigar except that it is finished with a Sun-grown wrapper, and I assume it is from Ecuador like most of their Sun-grown wrappers are. I have read that the cigar is actually the Don Carlos blend with this new wrapper, and that is a possibility as it is a loved blend by the company and used with different wrappers from time to time.
|Holy Ash Batman!|
Overall I really enjoyed this cigar and while it was not what I was expecting from the cigar it was very tasty. I felt the strength to be right at a solid medium body level throughout, and it was a cigar I could smoke anytime. The flavors were very enjoyable, and showed a lot of different qualities from a summery wood flavor profile to a rich earthy and chocolate flavor profile. If this is composed with the same filler and binder blend as the Don Carlos it is great to see the wrapper variance and how it changes a cigar completely. I have seen a dramatic change in flavor profile with the Edicion de Anniversario, and that is another great example of the impact of a wrapper. Overall this was a cool limited release that I believe is worth holding on to and smoking down the road. The price is just right so if you want to pick up a box and you are a Fuente fan then it is worth it. Overall I give the cigar a solid 90 and was entertained from beginning to end.
|Unnamed Reserve 2018|