Dimensions/Shape: 4 7/8 by 47 ring gauge; Parejo
Wrapper/Capa: Ecuadorian Sungrown Rosado “aged for nearly a decade”
Tabacalera: Tabacalera A. Fuente (República Dominicana)
MSRP: $7.15 single, $319 box of 44
This robusto was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine as number six cigar of 2016. The Magnum R series is considered to be among Arturo Fuente’s super-premium brands, such as the Don Carlos and Añejo lines, and it has definitely earned its spot among other companies’ super-premium cigars. As Arturo Fuente states on their website, the cigar consists of a lower-priming Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper “aged for nearly a decade,” and this leaf lends to a “complex, balanced smoke.” Presumably, this Fuente smoke also includes well-aged binder and filler tobaccos, as do others in the Fuente lineup. Regarding the frontmark, “44” does not refer to the cigar’s ring gauge, as do the other vitola numbers in the Magnum R line; instead, “44” refers to the number of cigars comprising the vitola’s box. Besides Cigar Aficionado’s review, I have had a hard time finding other comprehensive reviews on this vitola, so I hope many of you will find the following helpful. I imagine that many are seeking to try the MagnumR 44 because of its placing in Cigar Aficionado’s yearly Top 25; I don’t think they will be disappointed. The magazine does offer a short video on this cigar that is worth checking out.
The experience: The cigar’s wrapper looks gorgeous and has a very smooth, silky texture. At first light, I got some spice, pepper, and cedar, with the retrohale matching and magnifying. Throughout the rest of the cigar, I was provided with an extremely complex smoke, including the aforementioned notes along with a very nice caramel-sweetness, dried fruit, cream, and toastiness; however, the pepper and some of the spice present in the first light are diminished after a few more draws. The cigar came in at light-medium in flavor throughout, and it’s strength remained muted. The burn time was around 30 to 40 minutes. Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar. The Magnum R 44 would pair fantastically with a light to medium coffee, as many cigars do, and would be suitable for any time of day, given its mild strength. Well worth a try!
A quick note regarding reviews: I will not adopt a rating system, as I find even the most encompassing to be not very reflective of the experience at times. Moreover, as is the nature of taste, the enjoyment or lack thereof of a cigar is subjective. Some may not enjoy the same nuances that I do, and some may interpret a cigar’s nuances differently. In summary, I feel rating schemes, generally, do not reflect what most cigars truly have to offer. Also, regarding the components of the cigar in question, I will offer the best information available on the tobacco, but, as I’m sure many know, cigar companies tend to be less than specific.