June 2020 Cigar Reveal

Arturo Fuente - Magnum R Rosado Sungrown

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Brand Arturo Fuente
Cigar Magnum R Rosado Sungrown
Wrapper Ecuadorian Sungrown
Binder Dominican Republic
Filler Dominican Republic
Description 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: Stogie Guys
The blend of a thin sun-grown Ecuadorian wrapper and Dominican binder and filler was designed to be a flavorful smoke with medium strength. For my taste, they got it just right. From the wrapper’s pre-light floral aroma to some light pepper in the final third, Rosado Sungrown Magnum is a most enjoyable smoke. The first note I registered was a sweetness at the start. Within a short time, leather and nuts began to intermingle with the sweetness.
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.”

Laranja - Reserva

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Brand Laranja
Cigar Reserva
Wrapper Brazil
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Erik Espinosa, maker of brands like 601, Murcielago, Pier 28, and many more at his La Zona factory in Nicaragua, covered this rustic looking cigar in a Brazilian Laranja wrapper leaf. You've probably never heard of this type of leaf before, because like some cigar-blending Shakespeare, he is the one that coined the name. Laranja means 'orange' in Portuguese (the 'j' is pronounced as an 'h' for you non-Spanish/Portuguese speakers). He named it after the wrapper's orange hue, aroma, and, once you light up, it's citrus flavor. This is a really lovely cigar, perfect for an afternoon smoke with an IPA or a white wine. Other tasting notes include honey, maple, cedar, and subtle spice and cocoa in the final third.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
(Named 2015 #13 Cigar of the Year) Laranja is the Portuguese word for orange, but it's also an interesting brand from Espinosa Cigars. According to brand owner Erik Espinosa, the Laranja Reserva's all-Nicaraguan blend is covered in a Brazilian "Laranja" wrapper. If you've never heard of Brazilian Laranja, it's because it doesn't really exist. Laranja is simply the new name that Espinosa gave this particular wrapper type because of its unique orange hue. When he first encountered this tobacco, Espinosa was so intrigued by its color and fragrance, that he blended an entire line around the Brazilian wrapper. The Toro serves as a bright and flavorful showcase for the wrapper, offering plenty of graham cracker flavor. But, as the wrapper and name suggests, we also detected a distinctly citrus-like quality and zest.
Review: Cigar Dojo
Would I smoke this cigar again? Without a doubt, yes. This is a box-purchase smoke, maybe even multiples. There is no question in my mind, this is Espinosa’s best cigar to date. The packaging is fresh, bright, and invigorating. The construction was solid, I love when a cigar has that solid exterior feel without being overly packed with tobacco, making for the perfect draw. I only needed one relight throughout, though this could improve with age. The strength on this cigar is sneaky and somewhat surprising; yes I should’ve expected that with an Espinosa cigar, but the delicate look and feel distracted me. I recommend smoking this while sitting down…  I also really enjoyed the seemingly endless flavors to be discovered, which I’m sure I missed a few. At one point near the end, I could’ve described a sweetness that reminded me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk (you know what I’m talking about). And that’s what makes a cigar like this so fun, going back for more, to try and understand its full experience.