Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Solaris
Arturo Fuente Solaris
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Price: $8.95 MSRP
When Smoke Inn announced its Microblend Series celebrating its 15 anniversary I was excited. But when they announced that Arturo Fuente was making the fourth installment of the Microblends, I became obsessed. I will not lie; I am a Fuente guy all the way! I love most everything they make and knew that their version of the microblend would be nothing less than exceptional. The only thought that lingered in the back of my mind was “Am I hyping it too much in my head?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and privileged to tell you, yes, I have smoked the A. Fuente Solaris and now I would like to share my experience with you all so you can make your own judgment.
Appearance: 1.9 out of 2 Before we get into the smoke itself, let me give you some background on the Solaris. The stats say that it is a 6×49 belicoso wrapped in an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper that has a creamy tan color to it. There are only two visible veins and the seams are barely visible. Now what makes this cigar extra special is that only 550 boxes have been made and they have been aged for over six years, waiting for this precise moment. (Ok, maybe not but it sounds good.)
Burn/Draw: 1.8 out of 2 As far as construction goes, the Solaris is nearly perfect. In fact the only complaint is that it burned crooked at times, yet it wasn’t bad enough to have to touch up. The draw was effortless, which was surprising for a Belicoso.
Flavor: 2.6 out of 3 Flavor wise, the Solaris starts out the first third being very mellow and having the essential Fuente flavor that marks most of their smokes in one way or another, which is an odd complexity of spicy and nutty flavors. In the second third of the smoke, the flavor transitions to a complex creamy tone that has a sweet and sour aftertaste that is very pleasing on the palate. In the final third, the Solaris finishes with a light spicy flavor that is unique in a Fuente cigar. There is a slight harshness to the finish, but I am also burning my fingers at this point.
The overall smoking experience to me was one of satisfaction. I am not overwhelmed by a great smoke, yet not left feeling underwhelmed due to lofty expectations. The Solaris was very mild in strength and light for my liking, but I can’t knock it for that.
Overall Smoking Experience: 2.7 out of 3