Arturo Fuente is a name that is world renowned, a name that even folks who don’t enjoy an occasional cigar will recognize. In 2012 and into 2013, they are celebrating their 100th Anniversary in the cigar world. Some very special, albeit very hard to find, cigars are expected to be released during this celebratory period. While some have already come and gone, there are others still expected to release throughout the year. This review however I want to look at a cigar that isn’t part of that celebration, a cigar that is more widely available and one that many people enjoy on a regular basis. Today we will be smoking the Arturo Fuente Magnum R44, a sun grown wrapped beauty that has 4 bigger brothers, but packs a lot of flavor into such a small size. The Magnum R series was released just a few short years ago but has become a favorite of many loyal Fuente smokers.
Size: Magnum R44 4 7/8 x 47
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado Sun Grown
Cost: $6.75/stick or $266.95/box of 44
Appearance: The Arturo Fuente Magnum R44 is a nice looking box-pressed cigar with a light reddish-brown color to it. The wrapper is slightly rough to the touch and has a nice amount of tooth to it, without any noticeable oils. The band is classic Fuente, colorful yet elegant looking, with nice use of the gold foil over the red and black. The size is just a tad smaller then a true robusto, a great size that I really felt was needed for this line, with them all being bigger cigars. The box press just adds a certain beauty to the stick that I cannot put into words, but I love the look. As with any Arturo Fuente product, the roll looks perfect and construction, at least upon visual inspection, appears flawless.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Arturo Fuente Magnum R44 has a nice cedar sweetness to it, not overly heavy but very evident. There is a little tangy aroma that comes off the foot as well, a nice contrast to the sweet woodsy smells that are most prevalent. The wrapper itself smells lightly of wood and leather, with a little bit of a crisp apple smell as well. The dry-draw is easy without any resistance and imparts a nice spice on the lips and tongue. The box-press shape and small size make this small smoke sit comfortably in the mouth.
The Arturo Fuente Magnum R44 starts off with more spice than its bigger brothers but retains the cedar sweetness that I am used to from the bigger sizes. The spice isn’t overbearing and not peppery, more like a nutmeg or cardamom like flavor. The cedar taste comes through in a big way, coating the palate with each puff of thick, white smoke. Through the nose the smoke picks up an earthier, slightly grassy flavor with a spicy kick, more peppery than what you get on the tongue. The burn line stays straight from the start, a sign of the consistent construction we’ve come to expect from the Fuente family.
Into the second third of the Arturo Fuente Magnum R44, the flavors get earthier and leave behind the cedar. The spice is still prevalent as well, creating a nice pairing with the earthier tones the cigar has taken on. The retrohale reveals a more leathery note than it did in the first third with almost no spice now in the nose. The sweetness lingers in the background, though not nearly as discernible as in the first third. The ash hung strong until midway through this third, nearly half of the cigar, quite astonishing for a cigar carrying this small of a ring gauge. The draw has stayed nice and easy and the burn line kept straight throughout.
Into the final third of the Magnum R44 by Arturo Fuente, the cedar sweetness from the initial third has returned along with a light cocoa flavor. The way they interact on the palate is interesting, as you get the cedar on the puff and the cocoa comes through on the aftertaste. It creates a nice finish that holds your attention to the nub. For the price point, this is one of my favorite products Fuente produces, and one that just about anyone could enjoy. It packs enough flavor and variation from start to finish to keep you wanting more while not being so strong, a newer hobbyist couldn’t enjoy it.
Cigar King Staff Quotes:
Mitchel: “Fuente has always made top notch products and this is no exception.”
Paul: “Fuente sets the bar for what a sun grown wrapped cigar should be.”
A.G.: “When it comes to sun grown wrappers, the Fuente’s are the masters.”