Since today is a special day for me (my birthday!) I figured I would smoke something I’ve been aging. I was looking through my humidor for that right cigar for the right day, and came across an Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva No. 49 that I’ve been holding onto. I got it a few years ago, the reason I know is because I actually mark the month and year I purchase a cigar if I’m going to age it. I know, I know, it’s a little compulsive, but a friend of mine told me he does this years ago and I smoked one of his aged cigars, and was very impressed with the difference some time makes. For me, Arturo Fuente makes some great cigars, but with an Añejo or Opus X, I feel that some time in the humidor makes these cigars even better.
The Añejo line came out of despair. There was a hurricane in the Dominican Republic and took out most of the Fuente tobacco fields. They were going to have a very small number of Opus X wrappers, but instead of wasting tobacco, the Fuentes put an aged Connecticut broadleaf wrapper on it and the Anejo was born. It’s a great looking wrapper, dark and oily. Upon lighting up the No. 49 (7 5/8 x 49), you can tell there is something special about this cigar. It starts with light earthy flavors and heads into a rich, spicy, peppery flavor with hints of wood and a touch of sweetness to it. The cigar gets stronger as you smoke it with a good bold finish.
Country: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf