Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Masterpiece Review

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper type: Cameroon
Filler / Binder: Dominican Republic
Length: 9”
Ring: 52
Cost: $13.50

Appearance (0-20): The Masterpiece looks just like the name would portray – glorious. This 9 inch cigar is wrapped in a gorgeous Cameroon leaf that shimmers lightly in the light. Its got a small amount of oil present and feels perfect in your hand. There are literally no large veins and I can barely even find any small ones of note at all. The end of the cigar comes to something that I can only describe as a “tit” and the normal AF band is affixed on the top.
Score: 20

Construction (0-20): The feel if the Masterpiece is one that should make a man smile. It’s packed well, which is evident throughout the stick with at least 2-3 inch ashes before it teeters off. The ash itself is slightly flaky, but it isn’t detrimental at all to the smoking experience. The cut had only small debris, which was quite minor in the grand scheme of things. Overall I am really impressed at the presentation.
Score: 19

Strength (0-20):  When looking up some info on this, most say this is a medium bodied smoke. I personally would agree, but it flirts with full body as you get down to the last 1/3 of the cigar.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): I found the flavor to be quite enjoyable, but at the same time it was rather simple. It’s extremely easy to pick out the rich tobacco flavors that are supplemented with some hints of chocolate and a sweetness that is close to caramel. Around the halfway point you can catch some nice peppery tones that are very distinguishable with the retrohale. Unfortunately there is little else to say in terms of flavor.  
Score: 16

Value (0-20): $13.50 seems like a good price given this is a 2 hour smoke, but I find myself agreeing with our buddy over at The Traveling Stogie when he said the maduro version's favor is a good one but its rather bland for the price in terms of complexity.
Score: 16

Additional Notes: Smoked at CI, paired with Sam Adams Cinder Bock. This was my victory cigar for the Philadelphia Flyers playoff win against the Penguins (akin to my brothers choice of smokes, the Man O War Armada).

Overall (0-100): While this Masterpiece looks amazing and is well constructed, it’s not quite the solid body of work I was hoping for. The flavors are extremely pleasing with the rich tobaccos and chocolate, with just simple hints of sweet and spicy… but I feel that my money would be better invested in some other sticks at the same or a lesser pricepoint. This is absolutely worth a try, but I don’t think I would purchase more of this particular size. If you want something that is consistent throughout flavorwise, this one will fit you perfectly.
Score: 89

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