||This is the first time we've submitted a Fuente cigar for blind tasting. That may come as a surprise to some, considering it's one of the most well-known, well-regarded brands on the planet. But for a while it seemed almost... too easy. A Fuente is a Fuente, right? You know they're going to bring the quality, the consistency, the rich tobacco... (thinking)... But, do we actually know that? Or have we just come to accept that as truth? Because our fearless writer and inspirer, Mark Twain once said, "Anytime you find yourself on the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." That's when we realized, it's time for blind taste a Fuente. And here we are. Back to the cigar. The Magnum R Rosado Sungrown was released over a decade ago, but let's go back even further. We all know the story of how the Fuente Opus X paved the way for full-bodied, strong cigars. After that, it was a race to see which company could come out with the strongest cigar possible. They created the trend, and then just when everybody else was on board the train, they hopped right back off with Magnum R Rosado Sungrown. And, well, that's why they are the Fuentes. The blend of a thin sun-grown Ecuadorian wrapper and Dominican binder and filler was designed to be a medium bodied, flavorful smoke. In the end, it's not the most complex cigar ever made, with notes of cinnamon, nuts, maple, leather and light pepper, but damn is it enjoyable. With all the Fuente Opus's, Forbidden's, Sharks, and Anniversarios, even after receiving the #6 cigar of 2016 by Cigar Aficionado, this one flies under the radar. But we think it definitely lives up to the name Fuente.
|Review: Cigar Aficionado
||(Named #6 Cigar of 2016) “At the time, many manufacturers in the premium sector were releasing strong, full-bodied cigars. Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. decided to go in the opposite direction and made a cigar that was medium bodied in strength, but still registered as full-flavored on the palate—not an easy task. He accomplished this by creating a particular blend of Dominican tobaccos and pairing it with a wrapper leaf from Ecuador that, according to Fuente, has almost a decade of age.”