Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature

by Ken York on November 8, 2013

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature
BnB Price: About $7 a stick
Review by Ken York

The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature is a great smoke. It’s also fun because it’s a Figurado, which has a pointy foot (the part you light) and a rounded head. And yes, I have seen a person lighting and smoking from the wrong end. This is an overall great smoke using Dominican tobacco with a Cameroon wrapper.  It’s excellently made, and with the minor challenge of inhaling the first couple of puffs through the reduced size foot, it smokes outstandingly. The feel is solid, aroma top notch, and the ash is white and solid.  It’s hard to ask for much more than that in any cigar.

When smoking this classic you can get a taste of cedar and some earthy notes. Even after you exhale you are left with a pleasant, lingering taste that allows you to enjoy this cigar well beyond the actual puffing.  The cigar’s spices grow as you smoke. It doesn’t wow you with complex notes, but this is a very enjoyable cigar from start to finish. Named after Ernest Hemingway, this cigar assists in your escape to far-away lands. It’s great to sit, smoke, and drink as a means of conjuring up the plot of your next novel. At my poker games this cigar is always a top favorite.

The Hemingway Signature pairs admirably with Macallan Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland. The cigar’s taste works well with the scotch’s hints of burnt caramel, and roasted nuts.  This whisky is full palate and requires a medium to full bodied cigar to complement.

 

Factor

Description

Possible Score

Score

Construction Fresh out of the humidor, how does the cigar look? Are large veins evident in the wrapper? Does the cigar have a firm feel to it?

1-15

14

Band Is the band an embarrassment that you wouldn’t want to smoke in public?

1-5

5

First Puff How satisfying is the very first puff of the cigar?

1-10

9

Draw Can the cigar be smoked without strain? Does it burn up too quickly?

1-15

14

Flavor Does it achieve all three notes? Does the flavor come through to the smoker sufficiently?

1-20

17

Aroma Is the aroma of the cigar while burning fragrant or offensive?

1-10

8

Ash/Burn Does the cigar produce a solid ash? Is it flaky? Does it canoe?

1-10

9

Value Bucks per puff. For the enjoyment is the cigar reasonably priced?

1-15

14

Possible Score

100

90.00

 

Be sure to check out my next review on Padron 1964 Imperial Maduro.

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About Ken York

Ken York has written 10 posts in this blog.

Ken York is an international cigar writer. He was the unofficial travel correspondent for Cigar Magazine, which is now defunct (not his fault). His friends refer to him as the Dos Equis guy due to his wide range of experiences: Army, Air Force (with a week on an aircraft carrier too), linguist, reporter, actor, author, and he even has a bug named for him: Isoneuromyia yorki Evenhuis, a Vietnames predatory fungus gnat. He prefers medium-bodied cigar with a nice single-malt highlands scotch.

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