Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado Sun Grown
Size: 4.875 x 47 “Robusto – R44”
Today we take a look at the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44. A real mouthful.
Thanks to Brian Gulley for gifting this to me.
Back in 2012, this stick got the #5 spot in Cigar Aficionados Top 25 List.
The AFRSMR44 comes in 5 sizes:
R52 = 5 x 52 ring gauge, R54 =6.5 x 54 ring gauge, R56 = 5.875 x 56 ring gauge, 5.25 x 58 = 58 ring gauge and R60 = 6 x 60 ring gauge.
And of course, they are made at the Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia.
From Cigar Aficionado:
“Innovation is traditionally the domain of the young, but the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola Forty-Four is a new take on a cigar brand that just turned 100 years old. Carlos Fuente Jr., the lead blender for Fuente, is best known for such power smokes as Fuente Fuente OpusX and Ashton VSG. To make the Rosado Sungrown series of cigars, he looked to his warehouses of well-aged Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, taking leaves placed lower on the plant than the ones he uses for the spicy VSG and creating a more sublime and mellow blend.
“This is the second year in a row that a Fuente Rosado Sungrown has made our Top 25. We love the cigars, which have a savory leather core and a smattering of sweet spices on the palate. It’s the type of cigar you can smoke over and over, and they come in big boxes that contain nearly four dozen cigars. Unlike the other sizes in the line, the name Vitola 44 doesn’t refer to the ring gauge of the cigar, but rather the number of cigars in the box. Perhaps the best thing about the smoke? At $6.75, it is one of the least expensive in our Top 25.”
The Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44 has a beautiful, crisp box press. Nearly a perfect square. Actually, a bit of a rhomboid.
The construction is near flawless with tight seams, an artistic array of veins, an impossibly perfect triple cap..not a line to be seen. The dark chocolate brown wrapper is oily and toothy.
I’ve never understood the gimmick of not displaying the name of the blend on the cigar band. It is color coded and in order to find out what you are smoking, you must go online and search for its twin.
A sun grown wrapper is one of the most delicate of wrappers as it comes from the lower primings of the tobacco plant. I was surprised to learn that, in this case, those tobacco leaves used in this cigar, were aged for almost 10 years. I’m looking forward to this.
I find it odd that there is some roller’s glue on the stick.
I clip the cap and find aromas of wood, coffee, barnyard, herbal notes, leather, chocolate, spice, and sweet floral notes.
Time to light up.
The draw is the tiniest bit tight. The red pepper hits me in the puss like a banana cream pie. If it were made with jalapeno. It makes me clench my jaw on the cap. I’ve been practicing not chomping and finding that the cigars taste much better that way. And less mess, too.
The flavors are: Spice, very nutty, toasty, leather, lots of cream, sweetness, and leather.
The char line heads for Florida and needs a super major touch up before it gets out of hand. Bad Arturo Fuente. No treats for you.
More flavors arrive: cinnamon, nutmeg, espresso, and buttery shortbread cookies.
This is an extraordinary cigar with only a little over 1” burned. Brian told me that there is substantial humidor age on the cigar. I find that most Fuentes need that. Old school.
In fact, I peeked at a couple other reviews and they mention hay and grass a lot. A green cigar. Fuentes need months and months of patience and if you don’t allow that, then hay and grass is what you get. Moooo.
The spiciness is keeping up with the program. Love when a blend does that. Time did not remove the oomph of the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44.
The wood element is potent.
I retrohale, which I usually don’t do for a review, and the spiciness burns a hole in m septum. Wow.
This is a highly sophisticated blend. Experienced smokers love this stick. The price is right so newbies should give it a try as well to help train the palate. The cigar blend is full of character, nuance and balance. And extremely complex.
On a side note..for a change…Good news on the pistol front. No. No new gun. New holster. For my fellow CCW license holders, you will understand. I had a leather Galco holster with the snap. It was big and uncomfortable. So I finally made the move to a Yaqui holster made by Gould & Goodrich. A beautifully hand rubbed leather piece of beauty and comfort. And no damn snap. I love it even more because it has the FBI forward cant built in. Got it on Amazon, of course. My weapon of choice for CCW is my 1997 Glock 30 (.45 Cal). It is a subcompact with 10 +1 rounds. I bought an extended mag so now I have 14 + 1 rounds.
The second third begins.
I taste almonds (almost marzipan), raw cashews, and hazelnuts.
I can’t define the sweetness. It is nearly generic. There is a hint of caramel. But not dominating.
Some wrapper comes loose near the foot. Drat.
The price point. $7.00. You can’t beat that for this quality. No qualms in recommending this cigar.
Here they are once again: Creaminess, spice, espresso, nuts, sweetness, wood, cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, and brown sugar.
I reach the halfway point.
The spiciness does not relent. It is as potent as the start of the burn. The creaminess helps tamp it down a bit. The espresso returns to a coffee element with the help of the powerful creamy component. The chocolate has been long gone.
The Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R44 is hitting on all 6 cylinders with the nutty flavors. The raw cashew brings in some of the sweetness.
I have no bass but I joined a band yesterday. Made of geriatrics like myself that play 1960’s cover tunes. And they even play out. Gigs!
I explained my situation and the leader was more than happy to loan me his vintage Epiphone Viola bass. It is an exact duplicate of the Beatles Hofner bass. This is the bass I started my journey on back in 1965. That should be a kick in the pants. I rehearse with them this Tuesday.
I found them on craigslist. They had 8 ads in a period spanning three weeks. Desperate for an old guy to help them out? I’d say so. But Milwaukee is a real age discriminatory music town Old guys are in their 40’s. And a lot of metal is played. You’d think country, but no.
Back to the subject at hand.
Very creamy. It overtakes the spiciness as it wanes. The coffee excels.
I was saddened to hear about Leonard Nimoy death. I never was able to do the LLAP hand thing. I always wondered how they got all those actors to be able to do something your hand doesn’t want to do. Do they have a special device that you wear to stretch the muscles? They must. It just ain’t natural. Especially, when there isn’t a lot of time to learn it.
The series of movies will just never end. Must be one of the longest running franchises in movie history. Talk about job security for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
I’m stalling because I’ve hit a part of the cigar where it is packed solid. And the burn slows way down. And since I review in real time, I either take my hands off the laptop keyboard or keep on rambling.
There is an explosion of flavor with 2” to go: Creaminess, caramel, coffee, sweetness, nuts, leather, wood, and cinnamon.
The complexity is really outstanding. I love it when I get to review an impressive cigar. It may seem like I am always fawning over cigars. But the thing is that I choose very carefully what I want to review. That’s why.
The last third begins.
Of course, I like to grab a couple of the new blends that come out of CI that are extensions to existing blends and they usually get a negative review. Like the Diesel Uncut. I reviewed it on Feb. 18. And I had them for a couple of weeks prior to the review. I’ve now had the 5 pack for a month. Lit one up last night. Had to put it down after an inch. Really bad blend. Maybe it just needs 6 months of humidor time. So I review plenty of cigars that don’t deserve your attention. And that’s what usually gets me in trouble. Word in the cigar industry spreads that I’m a trouble maker.
Man oh man. The spiciness returns even stronger than the start of the cigar. My sinuses are wide open; tears are running down my cheeks. But the flavors of cream, coffee, caramel, and nuts are stunning.
Cbid isn’t big on auctioning Fuentes. In fact, the big stores like CI and Famous don’t carry them. You have to go to the smaller online stores like Cigars Direct who sell all the sizes for $7.80. Neptune Cigars sells them for $7.25.
Tobacco Locker sells a 5 pack for $34.50. The best pricing is from Cigars-Now.com. Prices range from $5.92-$6.52. So these are they guys you need to patronize. I have no affiliation with them.
I would love to nub it but I need The Cigar Clip to do so but it smashes the cap which makes it look like shit in photos.
And now for something completely different:
Continued..The Eddie Munster Chronicles.
The Eddie Munster project was a debacle from the start. A good buddy of mine, Reek Havok (Yes. That is his name) brought Butch Patrick to me while I owned my recording studio in Long Beach around 1982..maybe 1983.
Butch’s father owned several gambling casinos in Gardena, CA. Actually, they were poker parlors.
And Butch had bottomed out and found himself parking cars at the casinos for his dad.
Butch had the gene. A long line of family members who were alcoholics. Unfortunately, the early 80’s was the height of cocaine use in America.
Butch had an idea to put his own lyrics to the theme song from the Munsters TV show. It was called “Whatever Happened to Eddie.”
He had a rough demo done in someone’s living room.
This seemed like a real opportunity for me at the time.
It took about two months to put the project together. We recorded the music using session players and me on bass.
The problem, which seemed miniscule at the start, turned out to be a large issue later one.
Butch couldn’t play an instrument and he couldn’t sing.
I put together a phony band around him. They were all musicians. One of them, Brent Black, sang the vocals. It was sort of a Milli Vanilli thing.
The B side was a song that Brent wrote.
The PR campaign was the real pain in the ass. The band was called Eddie and the Monsters. Butch wore make up. And so did the band.
After doing a lot of PR photos, we geared up to make a music video. Remember, this was 1983. The same time that MTV took off.
So we were treading on new territory.
The day before the shoot, there was no script. So that night, I spent an hour writing the script. I had 33 scenes. And the song was only 2 minutes long.
A friend put me in touch with the now famous cinematographer Marvin Rush. He agreed to do the shoot for free. It took 3 separate shoots to complete the video.
Meanwhile, my job was to keep Butch sober. This was a first for me. In Curved Air, my early job was to keep the chick singer alive while she detoxed from her heroin addiction.
But Butch had no intentions of quitting demon rum.
The project lasted almost two years. I have a shit load of outrageous stories associated with this project and I’ve told most of them here already. So I will try to bring some new material to the table.
To be continued….
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