Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Shark

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Shark

Size: No. 77, 5 ¾ x 54 (The Shark)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Medium

Price: $9.25 to $13.25

Grade: 9.2

This is somewhat of rare cigar so I am very fortunate to be able to review this one here at Toasted Foot.  The Anejo is a limited release that comes out twice a year, in the summer around Fathers Day and winter around Christmas.  The seven year old Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper is aged a portion of its life for 8 months in cognac barrels.  The wrapper encases a blend of Dominican tobacco that is blend that is based on the Opus X release for Fuente.  The size I have chosen is No. 77 or better known as “The Shark”.  The size is very unique and is a Pyramid that is a torpedo at the head but is box pressed at the foot.  It is a neat size and with the red band it is very appealing.

Pre-light, 1.9:
The red band coupled with the dark wrapper and unique shape really makes this cigar stand out, even wrapped in the cello.  The wrapper is oily and has a bit of tooth between the fingers and nice heft in the palm.  The pre-light aroma along the wrapper has a sweetness to it with a raisin and oats aroma at the foot.  The cold draw produces more notes of dried fruit with a bit of warm spice and sweetness on the lips.

Burn, 1.8:
The burn on the “The Shark” is even with a nice and easy draw.  The ash is white, consistent, and holds well.  The cigar temperature is nice throughout and only heats up towards the end, as expected.

Flavor, 2.8:
The first puff on Fuente produces a nice tobacco flavor with a solid base of toasted wood with a long and somewhat spicy finish.  Into the first third I pick up a sweetness from the wrapper. The smoke is warm on the palate with a continued long finish.  The spice plays on the edges of the tongue which is a nice touch. The second third finds the cigar mellowing a bit.  It is not as robust if you will, still very tasty, but not as much body. The last third finds the cigar transitioning into a prevalent wood profile with hints of dried fruit and the continued sweetness from the maduro wrapper.  The cognac was present throughout the smoke but I did not find it overbearing, it was great addition to the flavor profile.

Overall, 2.7:
This cigar is a fine smoke, though hard to find and also pricey from some retailers. It has a lot of unique characteristics that really make it stand out. I found the strength to be a solid medium, but this is a very subjective and every one has different palate. The story, shape, and flavor combine to make this a cigar to try if you can get one.

(Total: 9.2)